No Chery for Bricklin

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It seems that, after all, Malcom Bricklin will not be exporting the Chery Chinese cars in the US after all.
Not sure what happened, but “they” say the recent Chery/Chrysler deal (where Chery will build the small Hornet for Chrysler) might have something to do with it.
Does that mean we won’t get Chery at all?
Or will they be sold through Chrysler?

Bricklin is said to now working on his own models, to be built in China (!)
What a weird mess….

Conversation 11 comments

  1. I kind of knew what he was offering was too good to be true, to be honest it is too expensive to begin you can’t do this or do that.

  2. Hey, I guess I’m gonna have ta use a signature name, like tC(for now)?
    I reported this on this site Yesterday(being Monday,or was it Tuesday AM, EST?) by posting the Edmunds Inside Line story here.

    Here is my post(11 something PM West coast time?)…..

    Anonymous said…
    Too bad Brickland is such a fool these days( he could sell these)?
    see link:

    says he is Not gonna import Chery cars now(?)….

    He is looking elsewhere, and wants a Chinese company(chery, and 2 others are in the running to build his cars)to build his stuff.

    Maybe is he started Upscale(said he did not really want to sell start out selling 10-15K cars)…..
    He could let Rowe sell them through his 50 dealerships he has signed up alread, perhaps( who knows?)
    He could just take a cut?
    he was a distributor(or was gonna be, anyways) for Chery cars, in general.
    How would they sell them in USA, otherwise, anytime soon, these Rowe’s? I wish they would get here in a few years, though, one way or another.
    They sound interesting.

    11:04 PM
    Anyhow, the Chery/Chrysler deal (“if” there is one, LOL….. which I am betting it is 99% for sure) supposedly has not been announced yet(according to…daily news,,,,this past week…they reported this story, also, today)…
    will be announced before end of this year, meaning before new years day, 07?

    Bricklin(on the Visionary Vehcile site) had a 2 minute clip you can watch, for oct 25, 2006, about Chery/Chrysler are delaing, and we’d know in 6 weeks or so(that’d be before Christmas, from the date of this interview was given)>

    I’ll say this> He’s a trip. he brought SUBARU here, made millions(not as many as he could have made), then tried hsi own car, which flopped(a sports car?)…. then brought Yugo here(yes, he did bail before it failed, and read he made 5-10 Million… he did not lose anything),,, now this?

    The story was he thought the Chery cars were not quite up to his standards(yet, in the report, he still is considering Chery to build HIS cars).
    I know he said he had 200 Million in backing, so who knows(he did nto mention where he/who is backing the deal to build these Visionary Vehicles cars).


    We’ll probably see Chrysler Hornet in late 08, early 09, then Chery shortly later, before 2010.

    Bricklin? Who knows? he is losing credibility, that is for sure.
    He seeme kind of “whacky” in his Bllomberg tv interview(on visionary webstie, 25 cot 06)…
    He acted liek he did Not know any final details abotu Chrysler/Chery(bet he does, and he is left otu of the equation)…
    Who knows? I give up on this guy.
    He made millions, brought the USA Subaru,(and despite Yugo flopping, he Made some money)then does really dumb stuff. He has dealerships(who paid millions each to get into this “Deal”)… now what?

    Take Care/Not Offense

  3. The news clip is in the bottom righ thand corner(along with a picture of one of the dealership investors, or a few….it changes every time ya enter the site).



    Until I make Millions selling cars, imprting them(like Subie and even the “horrible” Yugo), I wont; knock the guy out right about his way of doing things.

    He’s whacky, though. I do not think he’ll pull this off( he took money, though, so if he drops the ball, he had better be able to pay these guys back. I heard he paid some $$$$ to Chery already???? I dunno. I know they wanted $$$ from this guy, and it was a real news story some 9-12 months ago).
    Leftlane news article:
    ———————————— Maybe Bricklin got impatient? Who knows?

    OK, now , Vince, wasn’t being nasty with ya, since the news is all over the net…. but, ya gotta admit… old “tC” posted this up here before this thread…..
    Hope we are “cool”., 😉
    I posted this on numerous sites, ( did not post it on the auto talk forums, though…. cause I posted it AM Tue EST… and they blocked it form being posted, unlike you…who did post it on this ROWE 750- thread.)
    take care/not offense.

    Vince, ya gonna be posting more new stuff this Thanksgiving weekend, or are ya taking a break?

    One last item: if bricklin is designing these things, should we be worried(more so than Chery desiging cars?)>

  4. There will be no break for the great Vince Burlapp.
    I celebrate and work at the same time.

    I’ll keep posting, so keep watching…

  5. It is impossible to expect any businessmen to invest in multi-million dollars dealerships to distribute a chinese brand that nobody knows yet. Even if Chery ends up being popular and successful in a couple of years, who will pay the bills for those big buildings full of services in the meantime?

    When Kia came to the country, they started with used-cars dealerships to reduce the risks.

    Chery probably ”used” bricklin to get some info and experience in how to bring their products to the US but then prefered doing business with chrysler.

  6. Bricklin is a phony baloney charlatan.
    Think “Preston Tucker” here.

    Did anyone really expect anything from Bricklin other than hype and B.S.?

  7. North America has received a reprieve for now from the Invasion of the Chinese Automobile Manufacturing Domination! But unfortunately it is only a tempory one! Someday very soon they will overtake all of our manufacturing might! It will be a Dark Day for North America Indeed!

  8. Ya, i’m sure their quality and warranty will carry them far. It worked for the other commy’s, the russian Lada!

  9. Oh No!! No Chery’s for the US?? Whatever will we do?? And here I was all geared-up for a thinly disguised knock-off of some car that’s already been on sale over here for the last 5 years, but with all the build quality of… well… everything else they make in China. Thank God for small favors.

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