In case you're keeping track, here's how many dealers entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin has signed up to sell Chinese cars in the United States in 2007:
That's a bit behind Bricklin's projection of several weeks ago, when he told an Automotive News reporter that he would sign 50 in May and 50 more each month through September.
Bob Tasca III, vice president of Tasca Automotive Group Inc., is one of the dealers who went to China in April with Bricklin to check out Chery Automobile Co., which Bricklin says will build the cars for his company, Visionary Vehicles. But Tasca, whose family-owned business operates Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda and Volvo stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, says he's going to pass.
"It was a decision my family made based on many factors," he says. He won't give his reasons. "Out of respect to Malcolm and his whole team, I'd rather not."
Says Visionary Vehicles spokesman Cassel Kroll: "There are a number of deals that are in various stages of negotiation."