Japanese automakers' China output tumbles

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    ka_chan

    And this is a surprise? The minute they went into the Chinese trap, you know this was going to happen sooner or later. Now China will get all the new plants if the relations with Japan goes south.

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    sfjp330

    ka_chanNov. 30, 2012 - 07:12AM JST Now China will get all the new plants if the relations with Japan goes south.

    The downturn is a short term problem. Even in China, the quality of Japanese cars are well known. The buyers will be back after the political turmoil settles down. Would you want to have a Chinese made car by Geely? Maybe you do.

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    Asianhometown

    I think its going to take a long time..in the meantime, the Chinese are buying German, American and Korean cars. I agree that Japanese car quality is very good but this issue goes is bigger than the issue over which cars are better and etc..

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    YuriOtani

    Time to shut down the plants for good. A victory for the Chinese worker, unemployment.

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    sfjp330

    AsianhometownNov. 30, 2012 - 07:58AM JST I agree that Japanese car quality is very good but this issue goes is bigger than the issue over which cars are better and etc..

    I don't believe either country want to esclate the tension and permanently damage $340 billion in bilateral trade. Unlike other developed countries, most of the Chinese car buyers are mostly first time buyers and they do not have experiences with driving different models. As they own the cars for 5 to 10 years, they will learn to make better vehicle choices. As China's foreign policy develop into more consistancy, the Japanese cars sales in China will stabilize. China and rest of the world, including Japan is so interdependent in trade, and China is starting to realize this importance of consistancy in their foreign policy.

  • 2

    Rogerrabbitt

    It would seem this problem is limited to the government and major cities in China. After receiving mail from a Chinese friend the other day he told me they had never heard of the dispute over the islands. Seems there is something else going on here.

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    neobios

    neobiosOct. 08, 2012 - 05:15PM JST

    Here we are again, let's see who suffer the most. I was thinking how many here actually from China or Japan as the ones that would suffer the most are Japanese and Chinese who works together for their future but thanks to some politician there goes harmony.

    I think it's still too early to tell whether production would continue to hamper for the next upcoming months. If other companies are able to take this opportunity to grab all those potential customers, let's imagine where does the 50% went to, we all heard from another article in JT where BMW has their sales up 55% if I'm not mistaken?

    The key word here is "choices". If such thing become a "trend" in China, sooner or later they might not be interest in Japanese car anymore. I believe from this article we could see that Japanese companies are indeed affected but the situation in China as well their competitors, only time will tell.

    It's been like 2 months since I posted on a similar article, so far there's not much indication showing such problem would revert back to normal levels anytime soon.

    I would repeat again it's about "choices". GM venture in China recently planning to open a new plant to meet growing demands which means more jobs, yet again choices for workers as well not just buyers.

    As usual, only time would tell as our opinions here do no count but rather it's those buyers living in China that would determine the outcome in the next few months.

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    technosphere

    The minute they went into the Chinese trap, you know this was going to happen sooner or later.

    Couldn't agree with you more.

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    flipper2

    '' You reap what you Sow' This was foreseeable. Why mess with China? They have been more than welcoming Japanese businesses in China which is great for the troubled Japanese economy. The next foreseeable event, Chinese factories are going to start a new brand '' Choyota'' and supply the world.

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    viking68

    The factories mainly produce cars sold in China. So, the big losers are the Chinese workers.

    Good Job China!!!! Keep Up the Good Work!!!!

    What deranged acts are up next from China? I only see a downward trend with not much positive coming from China.

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    Athletes

    Chinese factories are going to start a new brand '' Choyota'' and supply the world.

    It is possible. Back in 1990s, Hyundai was second tier car manufacturer which was not so impressive. Now it is capturing the world market share wider and wider. New models are very attractive for consumers.

    Manufacturing success is not only about high quality. It is cost effectiveness and fuel efficiency. If Choyota is safe, cheap and consume less fuel, it will expand the market share.

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    Virtuoso

    I for one would be somewhat reluctant to purchase a Japanese nameplate for fear of being surrounded by a raging mob of patriotic xenophobes and having my vehicle overturned and set ablaze. For those with short memories, it happened in 2010 too. And the next time China wants to demonstrate its displeasure with Japan, it will almost certainly happen gain.

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    YuriOtani

    flipper2 what is so great about Japanese factories in China? They only make money for their greedy owners and put Japanese out of jobs. About the Choyota I will NEVER buy one. No time for Japan to relocate the Chinese factories. If not relocate then just close.The greedy rich will just have a little less money.

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    Jay Hoffman

    "Would you want to have a Chinese made car by Geely? Maybe you do."

    Chinese may choose to purchase German or US made Cars instead, maybe you've never heard of them before

  • 1

    PT24881

    " 2 Good Bad YuriOtaniNOV. 30, 2012 - 08:32AM JST Time to shut down the plants for good. A victory for the Chinese worker, unemployment."

    The Germans, Americans & other non-Japanese foreign brands set up joint ventures respectively with a handful of Chinese companies ( powerful state-owned conglomerates ) that will adjust the productions -- less J-brands will be, it takes a bit of time, compensated for by other partners that boost aggressively production ( please read article on GM's expansion in China ) . The fact is everyone wants to see the boycotts going on longer especially the Americans !

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