Chinese people are obviously dispensable

Chinese people are obviously dispensable

Great Wall has just started selling its utes in New Zealand. It’s one of the plethora of Chinese car manufacturers that have sprung up, ripped off mainstream designs, and produced their own versions. Did I say ‘ripped off’, sorry, I meant ‘been inspired by’. The crash test results of these cars have been less than spectacular – the Brilliance BS6 achieved the lowest crash test result of any car tested in Europe, for example.

So, is Great Wall going to be any different? A quick look around Youtube reveals some atrocious treatment of crash test dummies in the hands of the Chinese manufacturers, but a reasonable 4-star rating for a Great Wall vehicle (not one we’re getting, though). Airbags that act like a lightly stuffed pillow, chassis that deflect the occupants into sharp bits of the car, and so on are to be expected, particularly at the budget end of the market, which is where many of the new middle class in China will be buying.

Maybe this is just a product of what China is. A national disaster in New Zealand is if 3 cattle and a farmhand die in a flood. In China it’s not newsworthy unless 30,000 people die, 200,000 are made homeless and cows become extinct. I guess Chinese industry sees the Chinese people as expendable – if the one child one family policy doesn’t work, just make the airbags a little less effective to even up the balance.

Great Wall has just started selling its utes in New Zealand. It’s one of the plethora of Chinese car manufacturers that have sprung up, ripped off mainstream designs, and produced their own versions. Did I say ‘ripped off’, sorry, I meant ‘been inspired by’. The crash test results of these cars have been less than spectacular – the Brilliance BS6 achieved the lowest crash test result of any car tested in Europe, for example.

So, is Great Wall going to be any different? A quick look around Youtube reveals some atrocious treatment of crash test dummies in the hands of the Chinese manufacturers, but a reasonable 4-star rating for a Great Wall vehicle (not one we’re getting, though). Airbags that act like a lightly stuffed pillow, chassis that deflect the occupants into sharp bits of the car, and so on are to be expected, particularly at the budget end of the market, which is where many of the new middle class in China will be buying.

Maybe this is just a product of what China is. A national disaster in New Zealand is if 3 cattle and a farmhand die in a flood. In China it’s not newsworthy unless 30,000 people die, 200,000 are made homeless and cows become extinct. I guess Chinese industry sees the Chinese people as expendable – if the one child one family policy doesn’t work, just make the airbags a little less effective to even up the balance.

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