China’s Great Wall Will Build Factory In North America But Policy Remains An Issue

Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall is planning to build a factory in either Mexico or the United States, with the uncertain policy environment remaining a key factor for the location of it.

The news were confirmed by the company’s boss Wei Jianjun on Friday to Reuters, who added that the significant shifts in U.S. policy are having a large impact on their plans for the new factory.

Great Wall, which claims to be China’s largest SUV and pickup car maker, has already looked at three possible states in Mexico and two stated in the United States.

“Our plans to go to the American market haven’t changed,” he told reporters in Shanghai. “First we want to see how things work and then make a decision.”

U.S. President Trump applied pressure to some car makers in order to keep jobs in the United States, forcing them to scale back or even slash their plans to build factories in Mexico.

Another Great Wall executive previously said that the choice between building a factory in Mexico or in the United States is also depending on trade issues between the U.S., Mexico and China.

Great Wall is also planning to build a factory in Russia as well as the company aims to sell 100,000 cars globally overseas by 2020, up from 20,000 to 30,000 cars now.

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  • Benjamin B.

    They need to change the name for the North American market.

  • Benjamin B.

    The only Great Wall that’ll be built in Mexico during the Trump Administration will be light trucks and SUVs. Congress won’t fund the actual Wall.

  • TheBelltower

    This company has a snowball’s chance in hell of operating here.

    • Kash

      I dunno. If they build the factory in America and use it to produce at least a decent sized chunk of cars for other markets as well as the US, and assuming they get a decent tax break for a few years, they could do decently stateside. Then if they can get a photo op with Trump and turn it into a big thing between the US and China and get Trump to endorse them or at least give them a warm welcome, etc. they could really get some traction. Think a total ceremonial olive branch situation. At least that’s how I’d try and do it if I was running the company.

      • TheBelltower

        Personally, I would be fine with more competition in the US. The Japanese are asleep at the wheel, and the Koreans seem like they’re fine with the status quo lately. The domestic carmakers will continue to do what they do, mediocracy. I would personally never buy a chinese vehicle, but that’s beside the point. With the current political climate, I can’t imagine it happening now.

        • Kash

          I wouldn’t say the Koreans are okay with the Status Quo, look at Hyundai launching Genesis and wanting to attack Toyota for most affordable as well as more reliable brand. Hyundai is the underdog trying to be the next Toyota

          I think now would be the perfect time politically actually, but why don’t you think it could happen now?

          • TheBelltower

            The Genesis is the quintessential status quo. But that’s another conversation.

            Trump despises the Chinese. We certainly haven’t heard the kind of vitriol from Trump toward Europe.

          • Kash

            He doesn’t despise the Chinese, he hates that American companies have moved to China and Mexico to build things. If a Chinese company moved here to produce something he wouldn’t hate them. European companies like Merc, BMW, and VW all have plants here and all employ American citizens that’s why he doesn’t speak out against them as much as he does China and Mexico.

          • TheBelltower

            We shall see. Something tells me that if they sell a vehicle to someone who could otherwise buy a Chevy or Ford, and the profits go back to China, then he won’t be happy with that either.

          • Kash

            i dunno. He wants the US to be the world capital of manufacturing so I don’t think he’ll care to much

  • TedNotTheBear

    Concept looks like another Audi clone

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