• Nov 20, 2006
Great Wall Automobile Xiong debuted this, the Coolbear, last week in China, proving, once again, that originality is a scarce commodity when it comes to Chinese car design.

Although an argument could be made that it's hard to make a rolling box not look like a Scion xB, it would seem that Great Wall didn't even try. We suspect the designers made charcoal etchings of everything from the belt-line to the c-pillar, brought them back to the office, handed them to the fabricating team, then went out for a cool beer. Nice logo, though.

More shots are available at our sibling site, Autoblog Chinese.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Screw china."

      "Thats all the chinese do ... they are rip-off artists!"

      ^ Typed on a Chinese-built computer, while wearing clothes manufactured in a Chinese factory, by the light of a Chinese-built desk lamp, listening to music on a Chinese-built stereo, et cetera...
      Ben Beauvais
      • 8 Years Ago
      My question is why do they copy ugly cars? Copy Mercedes or Porsche, and THEN sell them for 1/3 the price.

      If your going to copy, copy the best.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota spent its early years building knock-offs of the Chrysler Airflow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This isn't even report worthy. Calling this a copy of the xB is lame, that's like calling the xB a copy of the bB... All three are the same car, all three designed by Toyota. This wasn't supposed to be a new original design; it is a rebadged xB for china. And for all fairness, the bB was a blatant rip off of the Chevy Astro, everybody knows that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "...a blatant rip off of the Chevy Astro, everybody knows that."

      Except for the pre-existing unibody platform, and the FWD, and the four-cylinder/five-speed drivetrain, and the semi-independent rear suspension, and the 30% smaller dimensions. But otherwise, yeah, they're identical :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Google Translate

      lazy designers = 懒惰设计师

      How you say it, I have no idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Screw china.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A nation of plagarists.
      CD's, software, cars, everything...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really, really hope this is a *natural* evolution of the automobile industry in China. And eventually, they'll start designing original/beautiful cars or import designers from the outside. This is almost a joke. Though just to be fair... I'm still scratching my head with the Chevrolet HHR - PT Cruiser wannabe. :|
      • 8 Years Ago
      They already showed their lack of "creativity" or sense of ridiculous at designing cars with the DongFeng D120 (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/18/beijing-auto-show-dongfeng-d120/) thing (sorry but I can't name this as a car), so they better keep cloning, at least it doesn't hurts my eyes.