DETROIT -- Chinas Brilliance Auto says it has no timeline to start exports to the United States, Vice Chairman He Guohua said here today at the auto show.
We realized we need to do more work on our cars to reach America, He said.
Brilliance is showing the M1 and M2 sedans as well as the FRV small car at the Detroit show. The vehicles are here to show U.S. consumers that Brilliance can produce good cars, He said.
Several years ago, Brilliance talked about beginning exports to the United States in 2009, but that no longer is the plan, He said.
We decided that if we couldnt make a good product for the United States market, then we wouldnt come, He said.
He confirmed that a planned joint venture with McCombs Automotive, a dealership group headquartered in San Antonio, was off for now. McCombs would have helped the automaker develop aftermarket services for Brilliance dealerships, such as warranties, loans and insurance.
We didnt say we would never set up a joint venture, but that a joint venture will be set up if necessary, He said.
Brilliance exported 23,000 cars in 2008. Most went to developing countries and regions such as Egypt and south Asia. He said 3,000 went to Europe.
This year, the export volume will increase 50 percent, He said.
Brilliance, of Shenyang, China, manufactures sedans, minibuses and automotive components. It also produces BMW 3- and 5-series sedans in a joint venture with the BMW Group.