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How did this car get here?
My Dark and Foreboding Mind........... ^ | 04-13-11 | Red Badger

Posted on 04/13/2011 11:22:14 AM PDT by Red Badger

This is a picture of the Chery QQ. It is made in CHINA. There is one on a USED CAR LOT near my house in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

Price: $2400.

They have no dealerships or distribution network in the USA. They had proposed to sell these cars here back in 2005. They had deals with Chrysler and later Nissan, but since the 2008 crash and subsequent government takeover of Chrysler, that deal has died. As far as I know, this model has not passed any EPA or NHSTA tests in order to be allowed to be imported. They have had LEGAL problems with GM saying that the car is a rip-off of the of the Daewoo Matiz (which is marketed outside South Korea as the Chevrolet Spark).

My question is: How did this car get here?........


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: automobile; chery; china; qq
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1 posted on 04/13/2011 11:22:17 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: sully777; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; muleskinner; sausageseller; ...

Curious ping.............


2 posted on 04/13/2011 11:24:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

You may as well drive around in a cardboard box:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7rrk3ZjN-I


3 posted on 04/13/2011 11:24:43 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Let's apply the "reasonable man" standard to gun laws. How many would stand?)
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To: Red Badger

Driven in from Mexico?


4 posted on 04/13/2011 11:25:11 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Red Badger

Probably an airman based in Korea or somewhere bought it, then got transferred to Eglin, then sold it?


5 posted on 04/13/2011 11:25:40 AM PDT by ozidar
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To: Red Badger
Arrived via a Canadian or Mexican dealership? That thing has 'Yugo' written all over it........

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

6 posted on 04/13/2011 11:26:01 AM PDT by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful
wife
And you may ask yourself-Well...How did I get here?


7 posted on 04/13/2011 11:26:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red Badger

By boat?


8 posted on 04/13/2011 11:26:04 AM PDT by Hazwaste (Democrats are like slinkies. Only good for pushing down stairs.)
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To: ozidar

I thought about that, but usually a car must be able to pass the EPA regs at least or they cannot bring it home.............


9 posted on 04/13/2011 11:27:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Hazwaste

Junk in A Chinese Junk?..............


10 posted on 04/13/2011 11:27:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

How did it get here?

Loaded on a ship, no doubt. Maybe hidden in a cargo container?


11 posted on 04/13/2011 11:28:16 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Red Badger

It could have been purchased by someone in the military and shipped back. When I was in, Sailors would often purchase European makers cars and have them shipped back. You could even gets Fords and Chevy’s over there, for less of a price than you can get here, even with the shipping.


12 posted on 04/13/2011 11:29:08 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Red Badger

Looks like it could have been smuggled in someone’s suitcase.


13 posted on 04/13/2011 11:29:26 AM PDT by Pete (29thday.org Exponential problems require exponential solutions)
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To: Red Badger

At $2400 I’ll take two

This is what cars would cost if not for unions.

Letting this into the US market would kill GM and FORD though.


14 posted on 04/13/2011 11:30:27 AM PDT by Mr. K (this adminsitration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!!)
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To: Red Badger

My bet?

Someone brought it over on a “Show and Display” exemption. I’d bet the car isn’t street-legal in the U.S. There was an article in Wired about cars that don’t make it to the states:

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/04/cars-uncle-sam-says-you-cant-have/

This sounds as if were cut from the same bolt of cloth.


15 posted on 04/13/2011 11:31:13 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Red Badger
Curious ping.............

Me too. I wonder if it has a VIN and can be registered....

16 posted on 04/13/2011 11:32:36 AM PDT by TankerKC (I feel 271 degrees out of sync today, which isn't half bad.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I wanna see it go head to head with this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZs1QuHerTU


17 posted on 04/13/2011 11:33:26 AM PDT by Salamander (Insolence.....I has it.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I think cardboard might at least provide a little cushioning.


18 posted on 04/13/2011 11:33:27 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Where is my beautiful wife?


19 posted on 04/13/2011 11:34:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

At my house. :-)


20 posted on 04/13/2011 11:35:57 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Red Badger
I found this at Autoblog; We all know that GM has serious beef with Chinese auto maker Chery. GM is suing Chery over the QQ (shown), a mini car that GM claims Chery copied from GM-Daewoo's Matiz, which GM currently sells as the Chevrolet Spark in China. So far, the court battle hasn't gotten anywhere as GM has failed to produce any evidence on how Chery gained information about Spark's appearance by illegal means. To add insult to injury, according to recently-released sales data, during the first 7 months of 2005, Chery QQ sold 61,633 units compared to Chevrolet Spark's 15,912 units, out-selling the Spark nearly 4 to 1. In a crowded segment with 20 different makes including the likes of VW Polo, Buick Kaiyue HRV and Fiat Palio, how did Chery QQ manage to rise to the top and control a dominant 18.72% of the market share within only two years since its introduction? If you would suspend your judgment on the alleged IP infringement issue, we have a detailed analysis that will show you exactly how… 1.Design: QQ�s modern appearance satisfies its target customer�s (China�s youth) need for self-expression. 2.Safety: QQ continues to improve its safety features � introducing front driver and passenger airbags as standard features on its �Super 05� model. 3.Technology: Chery deployed a wide array of technology developed for its mid to high-end models on the QQ, giving the customers great bang for the buck. 4.Cost: Priced at $3,600, QQ is $1,000 cheaper than the Spark. The good fuel efficiency and cheap parts makes QQ cheap to maintain. 5.Efficiency: Its miniature size makes it easy to park in China�s crowded streets yet its interior offers reasonable room. 6.Quality: Through continuous improvement, QQ has earned the consumers� trust. In a 2004 J.D. Power quality study, QQ recorded 20% less issues than its competitors, placing it first in the segment. 7.Marketing: Using unconventional marketing tactics such as producing QQ-inspired driving music further separates QQ from the pack. Having said all that, what would you do if Malcolm Bricklin decides to bring the 2nd-gen QQ, WOW (shown on right), to his Visionary Vehicles showrooms and sell them for less than $4,000?
21 posted on 04/13/2011 11:37:33 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Excellent. Thank you. I still like the Talking Heads, but I’m not too keen on David Byrne. Too pretentious, self-indulgent, narcissistic, etc. Good writer and conceptualist though.


22 posted on 04/13/2011 11:39:06 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of "liberals, Islam and illegal immigration.)
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To: Red Badger

The swallow may fly south with the sun, and the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land.


23 posted on 04/13/2011 11:39:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Lee'sGhost
Do you have my beautiful house and large automobile too?

If so, I'll be right over.

24 posted on 04/13/2011 11:39:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: Mr. K
At $2400 I’ll take two

Do you need the number for the Suicide Hotline?
25 posted on 04/13/2011 11:39:25 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Let's apply the "reasonable man" standard to gun laws. How many would stand?)
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To: JimRed
Maybe hidden in a cargo container?

Or, a back pocket.

26 posted on 04/13/2011 11:40:14 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Viking2002
Actually, it has "Trabant" written all over it.
27 posted on 04/13/2011 11:40:48 AM PDT by Noumenon ("How do we know when the Government is like that guy with the van and the handcuffs?" --Henry Bowman)
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To: Red Badger

Chevy Spark. GM claims the QQ is a knock off (the doors are interchangeable)

28 posted on 04/13/2011 11:41:13 AM PDT by TankerKC (I feel 271 degrees out of sync today, which isn't half bad.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Do you mean to suggest that Cherrys migrate?


29 posted on 04/13/2011 11:42:09 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (Freedom is saying "No!" to the Feds, and getting away with it. "Speak 'NO' to Power!")
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To: Red Badger

PING?

That’s racist!

*snicker*


30 posted on 04/13/2011 11:42:09 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Mr. K
“This is what cars would cost if not for unions.”

Unions did not require cars to have airbags.

The Government did - Jimmy Carter era.

Ever buy an airbag? Try $1,000+ to replace one.

New cars have six or more.

It's the US Government regulation, followed by Unions.

In this instance, blame the Government for the price of autos.

31 posted on 04/13/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: ExGeeEye

It could have been carried.


32 posted on 04/13/2011 11:44:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red Badger

Gee, how about going to the used car lot and asking them how it got to this country.


33 posted on 04/13/2011 11:45:37 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wow! You wouldn’t want an airbag in that damned thing. It would just hold you in place until the engine could beat you to death!


34 posted on 04/13/2011 11:47:02 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Red Badger

Less QQ more pew pew!

(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)


35 posted on 04/13/2011 11:47:29 AM PDT by Nickname
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And I’m sure the Used Car Dealer will give me a completely honest and truthful history of this fine car............


36 posted on 04/13/2011 11:48:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Nickname

LQQK....................


37 posted on 04/13/2011 11:49:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger
Walmart special?

PS: $2,400 is probably higher than the original sticker price after conversion from Yuan.

38 posted on 04/13/2011 11:50:13 AM PDT by katana
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39 posted on 04/13/2011 11:50:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Salamander

I’d bet on the SMART Car.................


40 posted on 04/13/2011 11:57:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: Red Badger

The Obammy Greenie Mobile. It’s what we’ll all be driving if he’s re-elected.


41 posted on 04/13/2011 12:02:57 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of "liberals, Islam and illegal immigration.)
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To: Red Badger

Simple. Just ask for the CarFax.


42 posted on 04/13/2011 12:09:42 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: dblshot

“20% less issues” should have read “20% fewer issues”, but what can we reasonably expect from the so-called ‘journalists’ of today?


43 posted on 04/13/2011 12:22:01 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( a COLB has 13 items of info, a REAL birth certificate has 36 items of info. I want all 36 )))))
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To: ClearCase_guy
And you may find yourself in another part of the world...
And you may ask yourself-Well...How did I get here?

Yep. *sigh*

44 posted on 04/13/2011 12:29:17 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Red Badger

Wasn’t Soros involved in this a while back?


45 posted on 04/13/2011 12:32:21 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Mr. K
At $2400 I’ll take two

Good thinking, as you'll need one for each foot.

46 posted on 04/13/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Mr. K

You should see the crash tests on the Chery QQ - a collision with a tricycle would kill you.


47 posted on 04/13/2011 12:37:35 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Red in Blue PA
"You may as well drive around in a cardboard box:"

Agreed on small cars, but have a look at this one. It did much better.

Chinese car crash test - Chery QQ6 Cncap
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXT1agrus4


48 posted on 04/13/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: garyhope
The Obammy Greenie Mobile. It’s what we’ll all be driving if he’s re-elected.

Only for loyal party cadres. We proles get bicycles...after a three-year waiting period.
49 posted on 04/13/2011 12:42:35 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Red Badger

1. It was driven across the Canadian border.
2. Wolf Fat brought it in the hold of his 747
3. It was the personal vehicle of a Chinese official and was part of his household goods


50 posted on 04/13/2011 12:42:45 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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