Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Chinese Copycats In Automobile Industry

Mercedes C vs Geely Merrie 300
Daewoo Matiz vs Chery QQ Opel (Vauxhall) Frontera vs Landwind Honda CRV vs Laibao SRV Neoplan Starliner vs Zonda A9 Rolls-Royce Phantom vs Hongqi HQD Smart vs Chinese Smart Toyota Prado vs Dadi Shuttle Nissan XTrail vs Greatwall Sing BMW 7 vs BYD F6
Toyota Logo vs Geely LogoToyota sued and won though.

As they say, limitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Gems Sty have gathered 10 cases of ultimate flattery in autos here, where the industrial design of one is blatantly copied onto another.
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13 comments :

Anonymous said...

The Chinese never had an original idea. Well, except for building a ginormous wall while the Mongols walked around it and killed them during the 1000 years it took to build it.

Anonymous said...

dont diss the chinese. in japan theres fake curry, eiffel tower (tokyo tower), sydney harbour bridge (some little bridge i saw while i was on the train), crepes, white people, afro people (some are really convincing), etc. but everyone still loves japan. i love japan!

Anonymous said...

They have fake CDs, fake DVDs, fake electronics, fake designer wears, fake auto parts...now they're raising thier game to produce fake vehicles! Whoever got ahead of the competition by waiting to copy original ideas from their rivals? Shame on the Chinese! They will continue to play second fiddle to the rest of the developed world!

Anonymous said...

they are not fake.. They are replicas.. What they can replicate on the outside doesn't mean it's the same on the inside..

Though I must admit.. the mercedes does look very alike.. kudos!

Anonymous said...

never an original idea?? have you forgot that the Chinese have invented the most important things.... EVER eg,, paper, currency, silk, gunpowder, printing etc etc etc etc? those inventions made us who we are today!

so what if the Chinese are innovated people, you should be grateful they are making new and improved stuff, without em' we would still be stuck in thw 20th century.

Anonymous said...

The Japanese once upon a time also copied everything but always added a touch of some original idea, in some part of the product: design,built quality or features. As time went by they pursued originality more and more to become what they are today. I do not see this in the current Chinese copy-everything trend.

Anonymous said...

Quote "never an original idea?? have you forgot that the Chinese have invented the most important things.... EVER eg,, paper, currency, silk, gunpowder, printing etc etc etc etc? those inventions made us who we are today!"

Don't give chinese credit for something that was invented thousands of years ago. Why don't they (or the Koreans) learn to be origional and invent something themselves. They copy disneyland, logos anything that will make a buck and because we cannot enforce any copyright infringment laws over there, they could care less. You know the ex-olympic chinese guy Li Ning who carried the final torch run at the opening of the olympics in Beijing? This is his knock-off Nike store. Guess what 70% of Chinese think this same copy Nike brand is the "official Olympic Sponsor" versus Nike. Nice you can be so proud behind your company when they copy everyone else just to make a buck. Li Ning's company stock went up to 33 million after the opening ceremony. (Go figure)

Anonymous said...

Whoops, sorry forgot to post the link to Li-Nings store (copy of Nike)http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1089721/

toyota auto parts said...

oh my goodness....
my. dream. car. the phantom is just the most perfect car in the world.

Anonymous said...

If the Chinese were so original, then they would have there OWN car companies, not just biting off the Japanese and European car companies. Even though other countries might have copied each other in the past, with the internet today a lot more people are going to get mad when they see these copy cars. (NO there not replicas, they just go and copy what sells in the world, for a cheaper price than the original) I dont see how people working at these companies could have pride for the work they do.

Anonymous said...

it's early days for the Chinese automotive industry. They are only following what the Japanese did, don't any of you remember how the Japanese shamelessly copied German cars in the past? Electronics from America?

And look at it today! A First World and thriving nation associated with names like Sony, Toyota and Mitsubishi to name a few.

It's only a matter of time before the Chinese begin creating their own brands.

Face it, all established brands today copied from someone else. It's competition and it's natural.

Anonymous said...

Somebody said:
"Face it, all established brands today copied from someone else. It's competition and it's natural."

When you are THIEF, the word "competition" is not exactly the right excuse you can invoke in to your defense....
And dont be fooled by the external similarities, as the inside will be a complete different story.

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