China is home to all kinds of copycat products, including everything from fashion to timepieces to technology and, of course, vehicles.
In this video from CarWow, we are presented with some of the most blatant knockoffs out of China. Some you’re probably already familiar with, but there are some that may be new to you.
One of the most infamous knockoffs from China is the Landwind X7 that was built between 2015 and 2019. Clearly ‘inspired’ (aka, being an almost direct copy) by the first-generation Range Rover Evoque, the X7 demonstrated just how hard it is for foreign automakers to protect their designs in the People’s Republic. Jaguar Land Rover took Landwind to court in 2015 but lost. In 2019, however, it did eventually win the case, forcing production of the X7 to end.
Another interesting copycat from China is the Suzhou Eagle Carrier, first presented in 2015. This bizarre sports car has a front end very similar to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta but the rest of the vehicle’s design, including its proportions, is very similar to the Porsche Cayman. In fact, it even has a rip off Porsche emblem and taillights just like the Cayman.
A Chinese vehicle that has attracted quite a lot of attention recently is the Beijing BJ80. It has a design almost identical to the current Mercedes-Benz G-Class but costs roughly one-third of the price.
All up, the clip includes 20 different Chinese knockoff cars and just goes to prove that no vehicle’s exterior design is safe in China.