Detroit auto show: Chinese company suggests electric car for Bush ranch

January 15, 2008

chinacar.jpgMost U.S. auto industry officials when asked about the expected Chinese invasion of the American market in the next several years react with scorn or fear (or a mixture of both).

One Chinese company, however, showed at the Detroit auto show that it can evoke laughs.

Bei Jing Li Shi Guang Ming Automobile Design Co displayed three electric cars, sporting names like “The Book of Songs” and “A Piece of Cloud,” but it was the company’s suggestion for its “Detroit Fish” amphibious vehicle that raised eyebrows.

On the small information stand next to the bulbous, yellow 5-seater was a separate plaque that read: “Suggestion: Renowned environmentalist – President Bush, ordering this car for his Texas ranch.” 

A spokeswoman at the Chinese company’s stand said it was a joke. Although to make sure everyone got the punch line, it was translated into Chinese characters.

The Bush administration has been criticized for not protecting the environment enough.

truck.jpgThe “Fish” may lack the necessary toughness, however, as President Bush often uses a Ford F-Series pickup truck (pictured left) on his ranch, which has been lauded for being eco-friendly.

(Photos: Reuters)

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