This logic has many fallacies. Let's look at the Chinese market first:
People do not usually keep cars. The bus, metropolitan train and intercity train network is extremely good. Having a car in Pakistan (巴基斯坦) is a necessity due to poor mass transit. Having a car in China (中国) is a status symbol.
Cars are expensive things, but parking space in China is even more expensive. If you refer to Usman Ansari's topic FAW Vizi V2, you'll find out the car introduced at CNY 47000-55000. (It is still at CNY 47000 = PKR 752,000/- in China). Considering that purchasing parking space in Beijing (北京) is ~CNY 150,000/- (=PKR 2.4 million today), if somebody can afford to park it, they will never buy a small car.
It is not about afford to buy anymore, it is about afford to park.
If an apartment is being sold with parking space, it has such a great resale value it will be sold possibly within 1 minute. Hotels also advertise free parking.
People when they go to buy a car converse with the dealer like this: "Since I have free parking, therefore I can buy a car".
Free parking is usually available to factory employees, university teachers etc. (generally those people who live in employee-sponsored housing colony.)
Chinese people do not buy small cars. The fuel is expensive but the purchasing power is much, much more than Pakistan. Diesel currently is = PKR 108/litre. The quality of fuel is also very good and gives good mileage as compared to Pakistan, where all the time knock-retarder and other engine protection mechanisms are having a good exercise. Anyway, if somebody can afford the parking they can pretty much afford the fuel, too.
Chinese people do not like Dinkies. They like extremely large cars. Therefore Buick LaCrosse and BMW 7 is a common sight. A suitable example would be the Audi A4 and A6. Audi markets the A4 and A6 the world over, but for Chinese market they have developed even larger A4L and A6L, maybe because the Chinese consumer was finding the regular ones too small for their taste. Mercedes also manufactures specially long versions of their cars in China, under the Beijing Benz marque. Examples are E200L, E260L and E300L.
There was a time when Americans were famous for large cars and Japanese were famous for small cars. Now Japanese cars a getting bigger by the day (indigenous example: Corolla and Civic over the years, esp. 2006-2008 refreshes) and American cars getting smaller (example: discontinuation/re-sizing of Caprice, Impala, Crown Victoria, Excursion etc.). The appetite of American consumer is also changing because USA and Europe have exhausted their economic potential. But China has just started developing (previously it was a very rich place but not in the last 200 years) and purchasing power is increasing rapidly. People's salaries have grown upto 7-fold in the past 10 years. The prices of property in cities like Nanjing (南京) have increased upto 10-fold in the past 5 years.
One of the reasons Chinese people do not buy or like small cars is to do with their size. Many Japanese people are not so tall and can fit in small cars, therefore Japanese cars can be small, but many Chinese people are not short. Many Japanese vehicles are in China but none of them are kei cars, whereas kei cars are so popular in Pakistan as manufactured (Suzuki FX, Mehran, Alto) or imported (Daihatsu - all of them, Daihatsu makes only kei cars).
Another reason of people buying not too much FAW Vizi V2 could be the dislike of Japan. FAW has partnership with Toyota among others and Vizi V2 is a product of the partnership with Toyota, which is a Japanese brand.
Let's take an example: Sometimes foreigners think Pakistani and Indian are the same. Now Pakistan and India have an uncomfortable relationship, therefore Pakistanis do not like being mistaken for being Indian.
In the same way, many people (incl. Pakistanis) think China and Japan are the same thing.
The knowledge that Chinese people may not like Japan too much is not common in Pakistan. Maybe because Pakistan has good (foreign policy) relations with both Japan and China. But Japan is not very popular with Chinese people due to historical events (some as recent as the Nanking massacre around World War II) involving expansionist actions by the Japanese monarchy. The sentiment is not evenly spread across China, just like Anti-Indian and/or Anti-US sentiment is not equally distributed across Pakistan. Especially in the light of the growing number of Chinese expatriates in Pakistan, one should keep into consideration when discussing Japan too much when sitting on the same dinner table with some Chinese. (This is bound to happen because Pakistan has a very good relationship with Japan and Pakistani people are justified to favour Japan too much due to historical industrial ties and other bilateral ventures, just not to do it in front of those who may not share the same sentiment).
OTOH China has good relations with Germany. VW Santana has been China's Mehran, built locally and used by police, taxi companies, government officials and private owners alike. FAW has partnerships with VW group also and the government departments usually use Audi and VW from FAW factories (FAW is not a small company ... it is a huge government-owned conglomerate with at least 46 direct subsidiaries which in turn have their own subsidiaries. At least 3 of the subsidiaries of FAW are publicly traded).
Many people do not buy Japanese car in China being considerate and polite, take care that nobody gets offended or disturbed. But German brands sell a lot. If you look at the list on the link provided by Sdogar above, you will find that many of the best-sellers are VW. Some of the cars have been specially developed for the Chinese market by foreign brands or their collaborative partners in China and are not available elsewhere (examples above in point #4 and also e.g VW Lavida).
- Human beings are the same everywhere. Like every country, in China too, people do not like to buy local and prefer imported instead. This is true for cars and other items like mobile phones etc.
Let's talk about Pakistan:
Purchasing power in Pakistan is not great. People like small cars because of over-crowded roads, no concept of lane, no concept of proper-sized parking space which makes keeping and driving a bigger very difficult. Also, traffic police does not enforce seating capacity limitations, therefore people do not bother to buy 7-seater. Comparing Pakistani market to Chinese market is not a good idea.
Vizi V2 is primarily for the export market - one of the popular models being launched in many countries and hence there will ample supply of kabli (scrapyard) spare parts in the future.
Now some eye candy for you - FAW Vizi V2 spotted in China:
It is Anhui (皖) number plate. The badges on cars in China are in Chinese (not only Chinese manufacturers' cars but all cars). The left badge reads 天津一气 (=Tianjin FAW) the right badge is 威志 V2 (the two chinese characters before V2 are read wēi-zh? in pinyin, the nearest pronunciation in English is definitely Vizi). If you need a further close-up of the back side, you can follow here: http://i.wheelsage.org/pictures/f/faw/vizi_v2/faw_vizi_v2_cross_1.jpg
Vizi V2 is a project of Tianjin FAW, a subsidiary of FAW. Since Al-Haj FAW has not noted specifications on their own website, you can head to Tianjin FAW website to see for yourself - Chinese (中文) version and English (英语) version. In fact, Vizi V2 has a dedicated website of its own. Though many of the links are not working, you can still view 360-degree interior and exterior in 7 colours among other options.
You can view the specification sheet online or download it from the same website: link.
The FAW Vizi V2 chassis codes are CA7137E4S, CA7137E4Z1S, CA7137E4Q, CA7137E4Z1Q and CA7137E5 in China, all with CA4GA1 engine. (Not to be confused with the "威姿 - wēi-zī - read same as Vitz in English" ditto-clone of first gen XP10 Toyota Vitz, whose chassis codes were CA7106 and CA7136, for the 1000cc and 1300cc respectively, marketed under the name Xiali Vizi - Vizi V2 is supposed to be the successor of this one).
Since in Pakistan RHD version will be launched, could somebody check what chassis code is written on the chassis plate (tikli)?
Maybe they will bring a CA7107xxxx code also (1000cc engine), which would be even better.
OTOH, is the standard tyre 175/65R14 easily available in Pakistan? What tyres are factory-fitted (brand name and size)? People are going to be forced upgrade to 185/65R14 (Civic EXi 2001-2006) all the time.
EDIT1: Added Vizi V2 in front of FAW in point #6 to reduce ambiguity.
EDIT2: Added last paragraph in point #6 to point out popularity of German brands.