Reports have suggested the toned-down tail lights on the new 2014 Cadillac CTS are a concession to Chinese tastes, one of many that will appear in new vehicles over the next few years. Photo credit: General Motors Co.

Will the tastes of Chinese consumers -- or the priorities of the Chinese government -- affect Americans' new car choices in the future?

It sounds far-fetched, but it's already starting to happen. More and more, automakers are designing their new cars for a global market. Vehicles like Ford's (NYSE:F) Focus and General Motors' (NYSE:GM) Chevy Malibu aren't just mainstays in the U.S. market anymore. Increasingly, other markets are just as important to the success of these products -- and no new car market is bigger than China's.

So far, this hasn't been a bad thing -- but, in time, it could limit your choices. As Fool contributor John Rosevear explains in this video, the bigger back seats preferred by Chinese car-buyers are one thing. The Chinese government's moves to favor more expensive technologies over conventional hybrids, however, could have global repercussions in time.


Fool contributor John Rosevear owns shares of Ford and General Motors. You can connect with him on Twitter at @jrosevear. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.