The Production VW Midsize Coupe Still Doesn't Look Like A Coupe

The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept that debuted earlier this month at the Beijing Auto Show didn't look much like a coupe in the sketches. Then we saw the live pictures and still thought it wasn't a coupe. This is reportedly the production version, a reasonably attractive four-door not-a-coupe. » 4/29/14 1:45pm 4/29/14 1:45pm

What Chinese Carmakers Can Learn From Dumb Starbucks

Right around the corner from my house, Dumb Starbucks opened up. And it's practically all I've heard about all weekend. This was a bit alarming to me, as I'm accustomed to being the subject whenever "dumb" was discussed in my neighborhood. Like most people, I think there's a lesson here for Chinese carmakers. » 2/10/14 4:20pm 2/10/14 4:20pm

China's Cultural Revolution is the reason why we have Chinese Copycats…

As a prelude to A Brief History of Asian Stealth, Part 2 (which will focus on the People's Republic of China and its People's Liberation Air Force), one needs to understand the history of the PRC's aerospace industry. In order to understand that, one needs to understand the motivations of the Chinese Cultural… » 1/25/14 9:44am 1/25/14 9:44am

The Inelegant Elegance Of China's Wedding Cars

Up until quite recently, there just weren't all that many truly fancy cars in China. I'm talking about cars that make an ordinary day into an actual event. And while most people had minimal need for such cars, they did have weddings, and weddings need cars like this, badly. So China made them. From pickup trucks. » 12/27/13 10:00am 12/27/13 10:00am