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Jiangling Motors Plans European Factory, Ford Demonstrates Need For Brush-Up On “Tax Sheltering 101″

Posted in auto industry, Crash Testing, Ford, Foreign Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, SUV, Trucks by Suzanne Denbow | August 28th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Jiangling Motors, the Chinese auto company and producer of Ford commercial vehicles, has announced plans to construct a production facility in Poland. Already slightly familiar with the terrain, in 2005, Jiangling’s European importation arm, Landwind Motors, introduced the X-Pedition to the European market with disastrous results. The vehicle fared reasonably well until German crash-test results revealed the X-Pedition to be essentially as safe as a can of tuna fish. The X-Pedition was immediately pulled from the market, heavily redesigned, and reintroduced in 2006 at the Paris Auto Show alongside another Landwind/Jiangling offering: the Fashion minivan. For no apparent reason, neither vehicle has yet to be officially released to the consuming public. At this time, we’d like to patiently remind all struggling Detroit auto corporations that, ideally, offshore tax shelters should spend as little time in the headlines as possible…

Although plan specifics are still being discussed with Polish authorities, if given the green light, Jiangling’s plant will make become the first one Chinese origin to be based on European soil. Unrealistically optimistic given their recent escapades, Jiangling/Landwind anticipate the European factory to average a yearly output of some 400,000 cars, placing it squarely above the region’s current leader in output Fiat Auto Poland with 362,000.

[News Source: Auto News]

Landwind X-Pedition SUV

Landwind X-Pedition SUV

Landwind Fashion Mid-Size Van

Landwind Fashion Mid-Size Van

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