Although the U.S. market might not receive some of the “best” cars sold in Europe and such, we’re still fortunate in a different sense: not only is gas relatively affordable here at under $4 a gallon (there’s a whole pile of stuff behind this that we’re not about to delve into here), but so are the cars sold here — more or less. That’s not to say that we can afford everything sold on this side of the pond, but — on the whole — we have it pretty good.
Case in point: the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray, as configured, is around $58,000 USD. In China however, the same car is expected to cost $245,000 USD, converted based on today’s exchange rates, based on a report from Car News China. To note, General Motors doesn’t officially offer the Corvette in China, at least not yet, so the $245,000 price tag is anything but official. But the significant tariff imposed by the Chinese government on imported vehicles might have very much to do with the expected high price of the C7 — a circumstance that has led to limited sales of the Cadillac brand in the country.
To make matters worse for potential Chinese buyers, this doesn’t even factor in the massive dealer gouging that we’re likely to see worldwide. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the C7 is also a relatively “cheap” sports car in China, as others carry a price tag of nearly $400,000 USD, when converted. For instance, the Maserati GT starts at a steep $327,000 (converted) in China compared to a base price of $123,000 in the U.S.
So, let’s be thankful that (some) cars are more affordable here.