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Chinese copycat cars

By Deeq on 11 Jul 2014

Attached Image In 2013, China produced a whopping 18.7 million cars. That equates to 22.7 per cent of global car production. But while many of these models were from companies we’ve never heard of, some look very similar to those produced by their European counterparts.

Does this look familiar?

Check-out the copycat cars below, alongside the models they seem to have drawn inspiration from... JAC A6 and Audi A6
While some companies won’t let on just which car they might be imitating, it seems that JAC was quite happy to own up when it badged its latest release the A6. Yes, that’s right, the A6.


Not only does it have the exact same name as the Audi A6 saloon, but it looks very similar to the original model. It’s the grille and stepped headlights that really give the game away.
 
Copied: Audi A6
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Copycat: JAC A6
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BAIC X424 and Jeep Cherokee
Another model that looks more like a merging of two cars than just a single copy of one. The BAIC X424 has a hint of the Jeep Cherokee at the front with the large grille openings, while the side profile is clearly taken from the rugged Wrangler model. Perhaps the company felt that customers wouldn’t be happy with just one Jeep and instead wanted the best of both.
 
Copied: Jeep Cherokee
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Copycat: BAIC X424
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BYD S7 and Lexus RX
While some imitations are fairly obvious at a glance, others are disguised a little better. The BYD S7 may not have the look of the Lexus RX from the front, but there’s no hiding the similarities towards the rear, with the same curved windows, small spoiler and tail-lights. BYD has done a decent job of keeping this quiet, but not good enough.
 
Copied: Lexus RX
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Copycat: BYD S7
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Geely GE and Rolls-Royce Phantom
Fancy the luxury of a Rolls-Royce Phantom, but don’t quite have the £305,000 to cover the costs? Well the Geely GE might just be the thing for you. It’s got the big chrome grille and even an imitation Spirit of Ecstasy on the bonnet. Just make sure nobody gets too close to see what it actually is.
 
Copied: Rolls-Royce Phantom
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Copycat: Geely GE
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Lifan 330 and MINI
The round headlights, that front grille and the cheeky hatchback shape... the Lifan 330 has more than a hint of the second-generation MINI Cooper about it. When it was launched at April’s Beijing Motor Show, even the press release hailed the car as fashionable, artistic and with ‘mini’ temperament. Lifan was just ahead of the British brand with the five-door bodystyle, however, but that’s no excuse.
 
Copied: MINI
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Copycat: Lifan 330
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Chery Riich M1 and Toyota Yaris

The Chery Riich M1 is a small hatchback designed for inner city commuters. While the front end is ugly enough to not really resemble anything on UK roads, the curvaceous side profile and rear of the car look like a direct lift from the Toyota Yaris MkII. Fortunately for Toyota that’s where the similarities end, and it’s unlikely to ever be any real competition to the established – and far more attractive – hatchback.
 
Copied: Toyota Yaris
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Copycat: Chery Riich M1
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Zotye T600 and Volkswagen Touareg
The large SUV, revealed at April’s Beijing Motor Show, is a doppelganger of two models from the VW Group. Take the Audi Q5 and VW Touareg, mix a few of the parts together and this is the result. On the show stand the Zotye T600 was even glistening in the same shade of brown as the VW. Surely more than a coincidence?

Copied: Volkswagen Touareg
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Copycat: Zotye T600
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Brilliance V5 and BMW X1
Brilliance is the partner of BMW in China, and the X1 compact crossover went on sale in the country through the partnership. So, it’s interesting to see that Brilliance launched its very own rival to the X1, dubbed the V5. It’s probably one of the closest copies we’ve ever seen. Of course, this version is cheaper than the BMW model, but is only sold in China.
 
Copied: BMW X1
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Copycat: Brilliance V5
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LiuDeHua Jul 11 2014 10:34 AM
Now China is filled with joint venture partnerships so that Western companies can allow Chinese companies to build their old designs by license. So some are actually legal copycats.
Kho Jul 11 2014 11:02 AM

not only cars, china copied a lot of things..almost everything..

StreetFight3r Jul 11 2014 11:12 AM

Frankly speaking some of the designs are pretty not bad (even if they are almost a carbon copy of the original)... but i wudnt dare to look beyond the bonnet... theres just this stigma abt china produced goods, and here we are talking abt cars... so hell no to china cars. 

Thaiyotakamli Jul 13 2014 01:50 AM
I like the copycat version of A6, the design should be use for facelift A6 haha
Kratoschumacher Jul 13 2014 03:56 PM

The BYD S7 looks more Subaru than Lexus, doesn't it?

Calford Jul 27 2014 10:38 PM

I don't consider that this is call copycat. They don't look the same.

Brillance is working with BMW, they are license to built.

If you check with recent new cars, they are much better built. An good example is Haval H2.

GrandCruiser Jan 16 2015 04:56 PM

not only cars, china copied a lot of things..almost everything..

As if you never copied someone's homework in your life? Stop being a hypocrite.

GrandCruiser Jan 16 2015 04:58 PM

Deeq, what is your problem with the car designs? Are you hurt that Chinese brands are able to partially replicate some european models but at a quarter of the price? If you are an owner of a car manufacturer, then I understand your joke. If you are a consumer, don't be stupid and pay insane prices for the so-called "atas" brands la. ;)

StreetFight3r Jan 20 2015 03:53 PM

Deeq, what is your problem with the car designs? Are you hurt that Chinese brands are able to partially replicate some european models but at a quarter of the price? If you are an owner of a car manufacturer, then I understand your joke. If you are a consumer, don't be stupid and pay insane prices for the so-called "atas" brands la. ;)

 

Bro, you need to eat some happy pills. Chill. (;

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