The Volvo S60 Inscription this year became the first mainstream Chinese-made car to be sold in American showrooms.
That's right, Chinese. Not Swedish.
In 2010, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company was purchased by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. And while the Volvo name was already familiar to American drivers, it nonetheless marked a milestone in the U.S. auto industry — one that could eventually spark the arrival of more Chinese brands. Ones that aren't already household names.
Geely and its Chinese competitors, including Great Wall Motors, are already exporting models around the world in less-developed countries. However, they have strayed from markets in the United States and Western Europe, where Chinese manufacturing is often viewed as cheap and unreliable.
So, will we soon start parking next to more Chinese cars? Here's why Jay Leno thinks it won't be any time soon.
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