Chinese motor companies, though a major part of the world car economy, are not present in the US. The reason isn’t clear, but there have been showings of their companies at car shows, even in the 2000s. One company is planning on entering the market in 2019. They have opened an R&D lab in Silicon Valley and hope this will promote an easier entry for that critical US market.
- “We have in the Western world an outrageous arrogance. We think we’re ahead. It’s going to change,” Alain Visser, senior vice president of Lynk & Co, told Reuters in a recent interview.
- “China is passing you at a speed that, in our arrogance, we don’t even see.”
- “We are building the first North America R&D Center in Silicon Valley this year and planning to enter the North American market by 2019,” he said in a release.
“”They weren’t there because they had nothing better to do — they were there to size up the competition and let America know they were coming.””