Going by that logic, Proton should be preparing to ditch Lotus, now that they've designed a new engine range for them and shown them how to design and develop their own cars. But it really isn't that simple, remember that SAIC has NO indigenous design or development capability, and this isn't something that you can set up or learn overnight. Look how long it took the Koreans to learn how to produce internationally competetive cars (some would argue that they still haven't).Atmos said:The Chinese will ask what the price of something is, and their next question is: Why is it so expensive? Everything from outside China is expensive for them. Looking at the costs, it´s no question that they will produce all possible parts in China. But it´s the same with the development work - after they know how to do it, they will do it on their own.
Assuming SAIC does intend to use MG Rover as a design and development consultant, they'll be in need of its services for considerably more than a few years, possibly for as many as 25-30 years. There's a HUGE difference between building someone else's already designed car and having the capability to design and develop your own - a capability than can take decades to cultivate.
Also, if SAIC have any sense, and any real ambitions on the international market then they'll realise that cars built down to a price may be acceptable in a developing market such as China, where price is the primary concern governing car buying decisions, but would be entirely unacceptable to European, American and Japanese consumers (look at the British reaction to the CityRover as an example), markets where style, quality and engineering are of far more relevance than price. If they keep that fact in mind, then they may realise that things are so expensive because they have to be designed and manufactured to a very high standard in order to appeal to Western customers, and doing that costs money.