If you're wondering when Chinese automakers will arrive in the United States with cars and trucks and rock-bottom prices, don't hold your breath.
Right now, China's domestic automakers are playing defense. In their home market, they are losing market share to General Motors and other foreign automakers.
To be sure, several Chinese automakers are exporting vehicles to compensate for lost market share at home. And some are exporting small numbers of vehicles to Europe.
But only one Chinese automaker, Changan Automobile Group, is exporting any vehicles to the United States, and those are being sold under the brand of a U.S. startup.
The startup is Coda Automotive Inc. of Los Angeles.
Coda gets car bodies from a Changan subsidiary and battery packs from Tianjin Lishen Battery Co., then ships them to a plant in Benicia, Calif., for final assembly.
The five-seat Coda EV, which is priced at $38,145, including shipping, went on sale in California this spring. The company has sold a few cars, but it looks as if the vehicle needs to be improved.