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On a recent day in this southern Chinese village, an elderly peasant wearing a conical straw hat hoed fitfully at the dirt in a vacant lot. Only 90 feet to the east, but a world away, the winners in China's new economy pulled into a shiny new Honda dealership.

pulled into = drove into

or pulled into = pulled the door open and walked into
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in that sentence, i think " pulled the door open and walked into"
drove into; arrived at in a vehicle

Woman on the phone: Oh, I've got to go! The delivery men just pulled into the driveway with my new washing machine.

In a restaurant:
-- Is everyone in your party here?
-- No, but you can go ahead and seat us. I just saw the Johnsons pull into the parking lot.


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CJ
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I myself incline to the second explanation, too. Yet it is possible that the person just returned after a trial drive, and so he could be driving a car into that car shop.

Still confused.
Hi,

As already noted, it means 'arrived somewhere by driving onto the property in a car'. eg he pulled into the parking lot and got out of his car. It's a very common phrase.

Best wishes, Clive
Regarding the sentence, who are the 'winners of China's new economy'? Are they car dealers parking new arrival cars or customers parking their own cars in this Honda shop?(Somehow it's a bit strange, because instead of a restaurant, customers coming into this Honda shop are supposed to BUY cars)
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Hi,

On a recent day in this southern Chinese village, an elderly peasant wearing a conical straw hat hoed fitfully at the dirt in a vacant lot. Only 90 feet to the east, but a world away, the winners in China's new economy pulled into a shiny new Honda dealership.
Regarding the sentence, who are the 'winners of China's new economy'? Are they car dealers parking new arrival cars or customers parking their own cars in this Honda shop? The latter. They are people who have succeded in making a lort of money in China's new economy. They are driving their current cars to the Honda dealership in order to buy a new car.

(Somehow it's a bit strange, because instead of a restaurant, customers coming into this Honda shop are supposed to BUY cars) Why do you think it's strange that customers who come to a Honda shop are supposed to buy cars? What else could you buy in such a place.

In N. America, a place where they sell new cars is called a 'dealership', not a 'shop'. It's because the owner is 'a dealer in new cars'.

Customers don't park their cars in a shop, they park them at a dealership.

Best wishes, Clive
Regarding the sentence, who are the 'winners of China's new economy'? Are they car dealers parking new arrival cars or customers parking their own cars in this Honda ...[dealership]?

Most likely they are customers, though we don't know exactly from the context. If they are customers they may be buying new cars, as Clive said, or they may be bringing their cars in to the dealership to have them serviced, as they normally do periodically.
In any case, it's safe to say that the winners are car owners.

CJ