The Chinese automobile industry has come under fire in the recent years for producing what is widely considered as copycat versions of popular vehicles. The industry has been widely criticised for churning out vehicles that are cheap replicas of their western manufactured counterparts. Last year’s Shanghai Motor Show had put on display a number of vehicles which look similar to ones which were already available in the market. Here are a few of them.
Hanteng EV is a copycat of the Jaguar F-Pace This year’s Shanghai motor show has proved that China’s motor industry is doing much more than… pic.twitter.com/WMiZNExoiB— 🇺🇸 Rachel Evans (@Rachell__Evans) April 19, 2017
This one will remind you of the Jaguar F-Pace. Not only does the copy work look poor, it does not have an internal combustion engine. The Hanteng EV runs on an electric motor.
Após a crise que atingiu o mercado automotivo estamos retomando o projeto de instalação no País. Inicialmente comercializaremos os modelos Zotye E200 e Z500, ambos 100% elétricos.— Zotye Motors (@ZotyeBrasil) February 23, 2018
Acompanhe no https://t.co/w78zhaUXeE#zotye #brasil #EV pic.twitter.com/qT7fpmhOYx
Though the electric powered Zoyte E200 can churn out 200 km, it could easily be mistaken for the Mahindra e2O or the Smart Fortwo. At one lakh Chinese Yuan or Rs 9.35 lakh, the Zoyte E200 is not really cheap.
The Landwind X7 looks very much like the Range Rover Evogue and it even has the name branded on the bonnet the same way as Range Rover models. The similarities between the cars are so close, reports say Jaguar Land Rover filed a legal case against Landwind when it was first displaced in 2015 at the Guangzhou Motor Show. The Chinese government, however, shrugged off the case.
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This one is a copy of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Besides the front grille, nothing about the car looks different from the real one. Its cheap price tag suggests that it probably also compromised on the quality.
Zotye Z700 pic.twitter.com/7r4CeOteXk— 玩艺志 (@SheHuiRer) August 1, 2017
The Zoyte Z700 looks a lot like the Volkswagen Passat that was sold in China. It is powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine and even sports a few nifty features such as soft-closing doors and a panoramic sunroof.
The Shanghai Motor Show takes place biannually with the prestigious Beijing Motor Show taking place in other alternative years. This year’s Beijing Motor Show is scheduled to be held from April 25thuntil the May 4th.