• Apr 16, 2005

While reading this article about how super-low priced Chinese SUVs have cut into the low priced Jeep Cherokee 2500 in China, it's impossible not to notice that the Shuanghuan S-RV is a Honda CRV. The company even went out of their way to name it to remind everyone that they stole the design. I decided to do some investigating on the subject.



At least I found that Honda (and Audi, since the S-RV used two of the rings on an Audi grille as the symbol) had sued Shuanghuan for the blatant rip-off. Upon further research, it looks as though no company that has sued a Chinese automaker for intellectual property rights has won a case. Chinese automakers are stealing the popular designs, teaming it up with old powertrains and cheap interiors and selling them for thousands less than the originals. Is it any wonder why the ?Chery? name looks so much like ?Chevy?? How?s that Pradda bag of yours holding up?

Other fun ?We swear we didn?t steal the design!? vehicles:

Great Wall Motor Company was accused by Nissan for stealing their Frontier nose for an SUV. ?We did not infringe the IPR of any other motor producers,? was the response from Great Wall. You decide.

Nissan vs China

Nissan vs China

MB vs ChinaA company called Geely chopped the front and rear from a Mercedes C-Class and grafted them on a compact car. Not only a rip off,  but a joke.

Some more can be found here, including the Toyota Tacoma copy, also by Great Wall.

It will be very interesting to see what Chery brings to the table design-wise when a few of their U.S.-bound cars break cover at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. If the clay mock-up is any indicator, Nissan once again will want to get a piece of the action.

Chery Sedan



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      • 9 Years Ago
      And you know where most of the $$$ goes? Refitting the People's Liberation Army of China. That's right, all govt. run companies, all Chineses freighters, and more are fronts for the Chinese Army. Peter Jennings did a huge story on this a ways back, but it was overshadowed by the Lewinski mess. Several years later and we're still no paying attention. The Chinese have also been contracted by the Panamanians to run the Panama Canal, and they are building airstrips in Haiti. It doesn't look good, and as someone already mentioned, it's bigger than stupid looking knockoff cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So everything is made in China anyways...........
      • 9 Years Ago
      Posted by Joel : Isn't Hyundai usually accused for copying designs? Yes! There are Hyundai VS Honda!! hyundai's logo looks like honda. And this: HoNDA --> HyuNDAi (!!!!!)
      • 9 Years Ago
      First Hollywood gets ripped off by Chinese punks stealing movies and putting them on DVDs. Next, they rip off automakers. Hasn't China always gone out of the way to show the world that it was vastly different from it's neighbor, Japan? It's a wonder why someone in CHINA would RIP off the design from a Nissan (a JAPANESE automaker)??? But on a more serious note, China and Japan are actually guilty off ripping off German designs. Have you seen the upcoming redesigned Mercedes S-class? Although the rear end looks like the Maybach, the front end looks exactly like a Toyota Camry. And then the W163 (first generation M-class) was ripped off by Kia. Now the W164 (new ML) has been ripped off by the Chevy Equinox (GM's Chinese design studio). Well, what goes around comes around and if Nissan is being bitten in the ass, it's because they did it to someone else. LOL. We should just sit back and enjoy the ride. ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      So do any of the Chinese knockoff SUV's have an input for a Super Shuffle? http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000857035387/
      • 9 Years Ago
      #18 that is funny. Maybe that's why it's not a rip of the new Kia Sportage?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yep... The Japanese ripped off the American idea for sensible FWD unibody V6 sedans before Americans even had a chance to build them. To top it off, they perfected it and always manage to keep their ripoffs one step ahead of the American competition.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Size of the market for what... more bootlegged media and knockoff products? Plenty of manufacturers are willing to step up, but the Chinese government doesn't protect "Western" copyright. Heck, some companies that rip off Western products are subsidized by the Chinese government - Huawei comes to mind. You think the RIAA doesn't want a piece of this? It's an amazing problem, but Western (and Japanese) companies' hands are mostly tied.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Human beings, for one, are by nature imitative. It is one of the many qualities, human beings have. It is used to learn language, for instance, and thus enabling to communicate or strive to communicate with others. Spaghetti after all is an imitation of a similar Chinese product, which the Italians enjoy using, and no doubt also the peoples of the US. Rice is a result of the agricultural efforts of the people of Thailand and this too is imitated around the world, also in the US. To use a human quality or a multitude of human qualities in order to get people worked up about it or about them, carries the signature of the principle of government: Divide and conquer. In doing so the focus of attention is caught for a while. Regardless who produces the vehicle, the issue of oil depletion applies. The following website is one, which deals with this form of resource depletion: http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/Introduction.html
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://www.orangezippo.com/archives/2003_09.html Here's some more. Check out the bootlegged Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      And wait until you will have to pay $3.00+ per gallon of gas to chinese owned oil company....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Software, technology, motion pictures and video....you name it, it gets bootlegged, or ripped off. Nobody is willing to stand up to them because of the huge size of the market. This is all going to end very badly, in any one of a number of ways.
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