The Chinese automotive market has been known to replicate almost every car one can see on the globe. The interest of such manufacturers lies not just in expensive cars made by popular brands such as Porche, Jaguar, but smaller carmakers such as Volkswagen and Kia also often become a victim to their 'errands'. Here are some of the cheap replicas being showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show that scream copycat from afar. Images Courtesy: Autocar UK
Hanteng EV: Not just at first glance, but if you consistently look at the Hanteng EV, it will remind you of the Jaguar F-Pace. Not just is it a shoddy job of copying one of the best-looking luxury SUVs, it also isn't anywhere close to the actual Jaguar. The addition of a 'Blue Prancing Horse' logo may also cheese off the real supercar manufacturer. Under the bonnet of the Hanteng EV, as the name suggests, is an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine.
Zotye E200: One could mistake it for the Mahindra e2O or the Smart Fortwo, but the Zotye E200 is an electric vehicle with a range of about an astonishing 200 km. Priced at one lakh Chinese Yuan or Rs 9.35 lakh, the Zotye E200 isn't priced too well from a global perspective. Although, China does offer central and local incentives for electric vehicles which would enable bringing the cost of the two-seater all-electric city car's price down.
BAIC BJ80 PHEV: This one particularly may just top the 'hate list' of all Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen owners. Apart from the front grille and wheels, it's easy to make out that this isn't the real car. In fact, it's nowhere near the iconic G-Wagen, but, we bet it is a lot cheaper, not just in terms of its price, but the compromise on quality.
Landwind X7: Okay, we can admit that the Landwind X7 may be very close to the Range Rover Evoque in terms of being a legit copycat, but it is still not the real British magnificence. Apart from the name, Landwind badging just like the Land Rover badge on the Evoque, the car has very similar proportions. In fact, the similarity is so close that Jaguar Land Rover filed a legal case against Landwind after its first showcase at the 2015 Guangzhou Motor Show on the grounds of violation of JLR's patent, however, the Chinese government ruled it as invalid which would have certainly miffed up the JLR China management.
Zotye Z700: At first glance, it would remind you of the earlier generation Volkswagen Passat sold in China. The car is powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine and has some high tech features such as soft-closing doors, panoramic sunroof and all this is priced at 98,000 Chinese Yuan (Rs 9.17 lakh).
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