China's JiangLing motors will take another shot at the European market, following catastrophic crash-test results of its bargain-basement Landwind 4x4, which mushroomed into a public relations meltdown. Now, the company is fitting the models with frame reinforcements, a redesigned steering column and modified fuel lines to prevent fires and hoping the damage to its brand doesn't sideswipe its plans to sell 1,000 SUVs by July 2006. There may also be a legal challenge brewing between the Landwind's Dutch distributor and the agency that deemed the SUV unfit for service. Cheap cars sure are a pain.
Chinese alter cars after crash test [Times Online]