Chinese motor shows have long been tarred with the copycat brush.
True to form, a disconcerting number of clones taking to the stands alongside their western counterparts at this year’s Shanghai motor show. We’re here to please, so here’s our list of this year’s most flagrant copycats from Shanghai 2017:
Zotye Z700 – Audi A6 / Volkswagen Passat
The Zotye Z700, a near clone of the premium Audi A6 and last-generation Volkswagen Passat, uses a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine and uses plenty of ‘new tech’ according to a spokesman including soft-closing doors, “like BMW” and a big sunroof.
He said the model is the most luxurious car in the brand’s line-up and is used by government officials. It costs 98,000 Chinese Yuan which equates to just over £11,000 and, funnily enough, is not exported.
Zotye E200 – Smart Fortwo
The Zotye E200 is an all-electric city car which holds a striking resemblance to the Smart Fortwo model. A Zotye spokesman said it has a 124mile range when fully charged – a 25% increase on that offered by the Fortwo electric – and has “performance like Smart”.
He said the model, which is sold in China and also exported to the US, is typically bought by women and younger buyers. Costing around 100,000 Chinese yuan (£11,300), it is priced at more than its premium saloon sibling the Z700.
However, China offers both Central and local government incentives for electric vehicles which is likely to bring this price down. Evidently, the issues of electric vehicle pricing are a worldwide problem.
Hanteng EV – Jaguar F-Pace
This one’s a double whammy; not only does it halfheartedly ape the Jaguar F-Pace’s styling, but it’s got a fetching blue prancing horse badge up front. It’s hardly a surprise; the F-Pace is one of the suavest of SUVs, but the EV is more of a clumsy copycat.
Take a close look to see the Kia-like quad-foglights in the faux lower air intakes, too. 10/10 for unoriginality, 2/10 for execution.