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Detroitman
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Chinese automaker eyes Detroit
March 17, 2006

BY MICHAEL ELLIS

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20060317/BUS INESS01/603170349/1014/BUSINES S
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Detroitduo
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More likely a suburban move, than a city move...
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Genesyxx
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Either way, it's jobs! Yay employment!
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Machoken
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Agreed with Genesyxx. Get 'em here, we need the jobs.
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Jdkeepsmiling
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We should really focus on getting them to move Downtown... Why can it not be a Downtown move? Thjey could get themselves a nice little building like 3 blocks from GM, it would be a definite message.
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Miss_cleo
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what kind of message? HAHA we took all your jobs? great message
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Ilovedetroit
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Welcome, welcome!
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Aiw
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This would be great news. Geely is coming to North America, and nothing is going to stop them. It would also be benefical to local area OEM's to be close to the HQ for compnent deals.

Mr. Harmer was in Southfield Wednesday AM giving a talk about the auto industry. It's very good news that they are considering the area.
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Jjaba
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KIA just moved to Georgia with 2,500 jobs, and that's just the tow truck drivers.

Geely coming to Detroit? That's nice, hell we buy the rest of their schitt, why not?

jjaba, LOL, invoking Skipper's Rules, believe it when you see it. They should find something, Detroit has 90,000 vacant lots.
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Goat
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What do we buy that is N. American anymore? We are just a consumer society now (though not for long without jobs we won't be buyiing anything).
It just seems sad that we can't build our own companies anymore.
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Crew
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I'm not sure if this is off topic but I was talking to someone who was helping dismantle a GM plant in the Flint area. GM sold an old 4cyl engine line to a Chinese company. They were crating up everything and shipping the machinery to China to make engines there. He told me that the Chinese wanted EVERYTHING including the bolts that anchored the machines to the floor. It seems ironic to me that we may be buying Chinese made cars with engines designed by GM back in the 1970's.
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Toolbox
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quote:

jdkeepsmiling

We should really focus on getting them to move Downtown... Why can it not be a Downtown move? Thjey could get themselves a nice little building like 3 blocks from GM, it would be a definite message.




Downtown is not condusive to an engineering and tech facility for an automotive manufacturer. Look where current companies like Denso, Valeo, Conti-Teves, Borg-Warner, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, NTN, Bosch, Hella and the likes.

DCX NA HQ and Tech Center is almost a perfect setup. Most of the operations could be under one roof if JTE/PROC was added in Auburn Hills.
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Jjaba
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Toolbox is amazing. He knows Detroit, and the sociology of automotive enterprizes. This Forum has incredible talent.

Crew should know that the Chevy Eqinox engines are made in Shanghi, China. There's a shipping pipeline from the Chinese factory to Vancouver, BC where they are loaded onto trains for Ontario where the car is assembled. Talk about a world car under the GM nameplate. It looks almost identical to the old Chevy Blazer or jjaba's Olds Bravadas.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge about Flint and the floor bolts. Sad but true. Geely might want to talk to Michael Moore about a move to Flint. There are plenty of idle car-shop Johns and a hell of a lotta of abandoned factories. Hundreds of them are playing cards right now in the rubber room down to the Union Hall, waiting to be called back.

jjaba.
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Danny
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YES Geely! Come to the Motor City. We need Jobs.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Oh, wow! I REALLY hope they move downtown. That would signal to the world that Detroit isn't dead!

Kilpatrick better start wining and dining with these folks!
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Detroit313
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It would be nice to see Geely in the WSU/TECH area. It should fit their needs or the burned down factory, it can't remember the name of it or maybe the packard plant. Geely could easily fit that mammoth site. Re-use DETROIT re-use!313
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Lowell
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Gee
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East_detroit
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Gosh, I hope they open more Walmarts too... jobs and cheap stuff!
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Jjaba
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Top ten reasons to buy a Geely.

10. You get egg rolls/moo goo gai pan at closing.
9. Free Chinese finger toys for parties.
8. Towtruck warranty when you break down.
7. Peking Opera on the radio.
6. Peking Duck combo #6, party of seven.
5. Have sex in the car, you are horny in an hour.
4. Chinese 5 yr. plan, order new car.
3. Out with Eddie Bauer, in with Chinese designs.
2. Negotiate terms of sale on abacus.
1. Oil change, tune up and press your shirts too.

jjaba.
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East_detroit
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0. Exporting profits ensures even more ruins to whine about.
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Detrola
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Buy american! Hondas are made in america, by americans. NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Buy GM products, but not their SAAB brand. Buy FORD products, but not their VOLVO brand. On second though boycott FORD because they advertise in gay publications.

When you buy a foreign car, an american autoworker loses her job. But I bought a honda, made in OHIO. NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Only UAW members count as american auto workers.

Yet, now we say welcome foreign automaker. Please give me a job. After all, detroit needs jobs, even if it is with a company whose success may cost US auto companies market share which could in turn cost detroit jobs. Sorry to hear you just got laid off from GM...did I tell about my new job...

This is why without shame, this member of two unions drives a used volvo.(my second used volvo) RENEW, REUSE, RECYCLE...how do you like my brand new hybrid... Hypocrisy, gotta love it.
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Lowell
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A sign of the times?
G
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Livernoisyard
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During the time needed for the Geely to perform the R&D necessary to legally enter the US market, both Ford and GM would have downsized even further. Geely could reuse some of the idled, soon-to-be-vacated capacity.

But with all things considered, if Geely does locate here, metro Detroit's auto industry, including its distressed Tiers, some two years or more into the future will still be significantly much less than its sorry state, at present.
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Jjaba
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The Chinese are loaning the USA huge sums of money. They come to the USA car market with deep pockets. Grabbing them in Detroit would be an incredible coup, not to mention a great improvement of intl. airplane service, low-wage Wal-Mart jobs, and improved Chinese buffets.

Lowell's redition of the Ren-cen is priceless.
You DO have a sense of humor with artist's license.

jjaba, LOL on the Westside.
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Ray
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This would be a huge psychological victory if nothing else.
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Alexei289
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What about the sites off Grand Blvd??

ARe you forgetting that the Fisher factory and several others are sitting empty, and have more than adequet space and heavy power, (as well as rail and heavy loadbearing roads near the freeways) to more than accomodate them?

Why build downtown... when there are more perfectly suited sites where the space will be cheap and user friendly for them.

Anyone consider the Packard site??
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Jjaba
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Ford Credit organizes their finance program and they lease for a $1.00 a year to Geely, the idled Wixom plant. 3,000 idled Wixom workers build cars for Geely, with Noon hour Chinese Buffet in the benefits program.

2:00pm piss break because of too much OOLONG tea.

Ford makes Lincolns and T-birds elsewhere.

jjaba, simple solution.
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Leyland
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Far fetched?china takeover:
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Jjaba
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Now we have two Geely logos on the Ren-Cen.

How about a big fortune cookie with a G on it?

Very funny. Does Canada get one on their side of Ren-Cen too? They love the Chinese.

jjaba, eating Fried Rice Special at Victor Lim's.
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J32885
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A Geely dealership on Jefferson near the Rencen (GM HQ) would really look interesting.
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Jjaba
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Free fortune cookies instead of the typical Tootsie Pops suckers and Andes mints on the salesman's desk.

jjaba.
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Crash_nyc
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"Sign of the times" is right. Man, it's a sad day when the D is looking to a Chinese automaker for salvation.

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