Courtesy of Automotive News

It looks as if General Motors' marketers failed to reach China in time to brief at least one Beijing-based reporter on core brand characteristics.

In a special English-language edition for the Beijing auto show last week, the Beijing Daily had these unusual takes on some GM brands.

"In North America, the Buick is the symbol of middle-aged people who have had a successful career and cocaine-snorting kids. When it came onto the Chinese market, it kept its high quality and comfortable design."

The paper had this to say about GM's premium brand: "Cadillac is a name that is synonymous with quality and luxury for most people. For others it's a name synonymous with arrogance, greed and tiny genitalia."

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