Detroit – BYD and Brilliance both are planning U.S. rollouts as early as the 2010-model year, following up on their exhibits at the Detroit show and armed with investments from wealthy Americans.
BYD will feature its plug-in F3DM hybrid cars at the Detroit show, models of which were unveiled last summer at the Beijing show.
BYD Auto, whose investor is a subsidiary of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska, is negotiating with several U.S. dealership groups which it has declined to name. The Buffett firm has invested $230 million in BYD Auto.
Brilliance already has a U.S. distributor-investor, B.J. (Red) McCombs, a multi-brand Toyota and Ford dealer based in San Antonio, Texas. McCombs has invested $100 million in Brilliance, whose lineup is highlighted by midsize upscale sedans. The Chinese automaker is expected to disclose its U.S. distribution plans at the Detroit show. (Mac Gordon)