The Chinese motor industry has caused quite the stir with some of its copycat creations in recent years; take a look at the best examples from this year’s show
Chinese motor shows have long been tarred with the copycat brush.
True to form, a disconcerting number of clones taking to the stands alongside their western counterparts at this year’s Shanghai motor show. We’re here to please, so here’s our list of this year’s most flagrant copycats from Shanghai 2017:
Zotye Z700 – Volkswagen Passat
The Zotye Z700, a near-clone of the premium Audi A6 and previous-generation Volkswagen Passat, has a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine and uses plenty of ‘new tech’ according to a spokesman, including soft-closing doors, “like BMW”, and a big sunroof.
He said the model is the most luxurious car in the brand’s line-up and is used by government officials. It costs ¥98,000, which equates to just over £11,000 and, funnily enough, is not exported.
Smart Fortwo – Zotye E200
The Zotye E200 is an all-electric city car which holds a striking resemblance to the Smart Fortwo model. A Zotye spokesman said it has a 124-mile range when fully charged – a 25% increase on that offered by the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – and has “performance like Smart”.
He said the model, which is sold in China and also exported to the US, is typically bought by women and younger buyers. Costing around ¥100,000 (£11,300), it is more expensive than its premium saloon sibling, the Z700. However, China offers both central and local government incentives for electric vehicles (EVs), which islikely to bring this price down. Evidently, the issues of EV pricing are a worldwide problem.
Jaguar F-Pace – Hanteng EV
This one’s a double whammy; not only does it halfheartedly ape the Jaguar F-Pace’s styling, but it’s got a fetching blue prancing horse badge up front. It’s hardly a surprise; the F-Pace is one of the suavest of SUVs, but the EV is more of a clumsy copycat.
Take a close look to see the Kia-like quad-foglights in the faux lower air intakes, too. 10/10 for unoriginality, 2/10 for execution.
BAIC BJ80 PHEV – Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen
What’s G-Wagen in Chinese? BJ80 PHEV, apparently – it’s just the front grille and wheels that mark the outrageous BAIC model out from its ‘donor car’.
It’s guaranteed that the BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.) version of Mercedes-Benz’s legendary off-roader undercuts the G-Wagen’s £91,145 starting price, but our money would be on the German if the two were to tough it out off-road.
Landwind X7 – Range Rover Evoque
It wouldn’t be a Chinese motor show without everybody’s (least) favourite Chinese copy car clone, the Landwind X7.
Landwind had Jaguar Land Rover royally miffed upon the £14,000 Evoque clone’s reveal at the 2015 Guangzhou motor show, but the Chinese government ruled both parties’ patents invalid – both designs had been displayed before a patent application was issued.
They do say imitation is the ultimate form of flattery, but we can’t imagine JLR design boss Ian Callum is too happy.
Rolls Royce Phantom vs Geely GE
How can the opulant Rolls Royce be left behind? The Geely GE is the Chinese imitation of the prestigious Rolls Royce Phantom. Geely have taken design copy to an all new level with the GE. So the large grill, the head lamp design & they have even got a copy of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’. In terms of fire power, where the Roller gets a massive 6.75 liter V12, the Geely makes do with a 3.5 liter V6. But i guess that would do, since its only the looks that would attract you to something like this.