Tuesday, November 13, 2007

China Copycat Cars? You be the judge.

A friend just forwarded me a link to the various cars that China has been accused of copying. While these pictures and accusations have been floating around the web for quite some time now, I was never aware of these until today. You gotta see these pictures - you be the judge for yourself.

Some the alleged copies are pretty obvious (in my eyes anyways) - especially the Geely Merrie 300, which looks like a Mercedes C Class clone. It doesn't look like Geely even tried to make the cars a little different - oh wait, the logo on the hood is different.

Or the SMART - I guess the manufacturer couldn't think of another name, so they called their version the Chinese SMART. Very creative.

The copying doesn't stop at the actual cars - there are even some questionable logo similarities - BMW vs. BYD and Geely's 4-ellipse logo vs. Toyota's 3-ellipse logo.

I've never personally compared any of these cars side by side, so I couldn't really tell you how different or similar they are. I've just been looking at the pictures like everyone else. You be your own judge.

Here is another blog that details these copies...

Unfortunately, we currently don't have actual sale prices for Geely cars. Maybe in the near future - or you can just look at the actual sale prices for a Mercedes C230.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i can ignore chinese copying in all except in autos,ships,bikes aeroplanes and all other means of transporting humans. example:how can an eye witness identfy a car in a hit-and-run incident or drive-by shooting if cars look similar. if one has to be as near as 10meters to identify the make of a car, when a geely is mistaken for a mercedes benz.

Anonymous said...

this clearly shows us the type of superpower china in going to be. no other superpower behaved this way. cars and bikes are 21st century mode of daily transport and without proper id there will big a problem in event of accident or robbery involving eg. a BMW X5 or a chinese BYD. china is simply trying to alter and disorganize this well organized and civilized world order.

Anonymous said...

I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our world, and I think it is safe to say that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as memory gets cheaper, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I dream about all the time.

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Anonymous said...

I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our society, and I am fairly certain that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as memory becomes less expensive, the possibility of transferring our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's one of the things I really wish I could see in my lifetime.

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