Notes from China
A few interesting observations from a fellow Member
Friday March 2nd
By the way, I'm currently in
Shanghai China. I've been here a whole day
>>and a half and have yet to see a single 2 seater - unless
>>pedal-powered. I'd hoped to see a new MG, but maybe they
>>making them here yet. They make the Chrysler 300 here
and call it the 300
>>c even though it has a 2 liter or 2.7 liter 4 cylinder
rather than the
>>Hemi. They also make all sorts of Buicks, some styles
unkown in the US.
Sunday March 4th
The only UK car I've seen is a single yellow and black BMW MINI.
took 3 days to see my first pet doggy).
Shanghai has between 17 and 20 million people and 192,000 cars,
120,000 a year ago. It costs $3000 to register a new car. Shanghai
17,000 busses and 50,000 taxis. About 99% of the the taxis are
vintages of a Chinese-made VW "Santana", the oldest
version of which is
about 8 - 10 years old and stated life as the Audi 4000 that was
sold in USA
Hardly anyone stops at red lights, unless its in the tourist shopping
with big wide cross-walks . Motorscooters (which are whisper-quiet)
bicycles turning at an intersection seem as apt to be in the oncoming
as in the correct one. There are lots of lane changes with horns
and one foot of clearance between the passer and the guy he's
front of. And busses seem to drive on the narrow right shoulder
freeway with horns honking every time they pass another vehicle.
Tuesday March 5th
My comment about the Chinese VW Santana Taxi originally being based
Audi 4000 was incorrect. It was instead based on the Brazilian-built
that was sold in the US in the late 1980's.