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Thanks guys.
Mar 18, 2011 5:37 am
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I have a question i want answered. Ok so i see a lot of the cars on this site that are related to the chinese market, now would someone please explain why there is such an emphasis on long wheelbase cars in china? I mean demographically speaking the chinese nation is not renowned for its height. I looked it up and the dutch are the tallest with an average of over 6 foot. The chinese are far behind with an average of 5foot 7 inches or something if i remember correctly. Thank you.
Mar 17, 2011 11:45 pm
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i'm in china, reasons for prolonged wheelbased are: 1. make rear seats room of B segment cars seat like a C segment car, still sell at B price to be more attractive. 2. make C segment cars seat close to a D car, in whatever way, sell at C price. 3. not every family member has a car for hisown, so when one car is for 3, 4 or 5 person, larger rear room is nesseary. 4. chinese people tend to think bigger size in any senses means safer but now carmakers are starting to sell both normal and prolonged same modle for new demands.
Mar 18, 2011 2:13 am
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The reason is simple. Volkswagen was the first German automaker to manufacture executive cars in China and they started the ball rolling by producing exclusive long wheelbase Audi A6 and Passat to the liking of Government officials. When BMW came along their standard wheelbase E60 5-series simply could not compete for this huge disadvantage. So in order to increase market share they had to extend the wheelbase as well. Everyone else just follow the trend, and as a result China is now flooded with giants.
Mar 18, 2011 3:34 am
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... no LWB?
Mar 17, 2011 7:38 pm
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The main reason is that the upwardly mobile Chinese car buyers like long wheelbase models as they prefer to be driven and sit in the back seat as you would in a limousine. The S classes/ 7 series etc...are too difficult in the cramped confines of the city streets.
Mar 18, 2011 10:08 am
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ooooh. Ok. Thank you for the explanation
Mar 20, 2011 10:26 am
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