This past Sunday, China’s government-run television broadcasting station slammed a number of foreign automotive producers on a day known as Consumer Rights Day. The Wall Street Journal cites Tata Motors (Jaguar), Volkswagen, Daimeler (Mercedes-Benz), and Nissan as bearing the brunt of accusations. The broadcasting station, CCTV, alleged these automakers
gipped gypped Chinese consumers with unfair pricing and poor quality products. The auto producers in question have for the most part issued public apologies and launched investigations into the allegations.
Coincidentally (or maybe not), 5 of the top 10 best selling cars in China are produced by this list of accused producers. As we know, domestic consumption in China has grown in recent years, diverting from years of strictly production and exportation. Perhaps these severe and abrupt accusations are a part of a government marketing scheme intended to increase consumption of domestic automobiles, the manufacturers of which are predominantly controlled by the Chinese government.