• Jul 3, 2007
click above image to view all the Chinese Transformers

Chinese automakers are known for making knockoffs off models sold elsewhere in the world, so does it surprise you one has taken to creating knockoffs of our beloved Transformers? To be fair, the Transformers franchise traces its roots back to Japanese culture (check out the current issue of Wired for a great lineage article), but considering the new movie based on the successful toy line was directed by America's biggest blow-em-up director, Michael Bay, one could argue the league of robots in disguise is as American as apple pie.

Great Wall has swiped the marketing campaign currently employed by General Motors and is showing off its "own" vehicles in robot mode, complete with ridiculous profiles that indicate each characters name, with what celebrity it most identifies, favorite movie, singer and motto. Florida (shown above), for instance, stands 3.91 meters tall when transformed from its four-wheel identity, which is a Toyota knock off. It identifies most with Paris Hilton, loves the movie "Mission Impossible", listening to Justin Timberlake and cries out "C'est la vie!" when entering battle. Whatever. Other characters include Perry, i7 and Coolbear, the latter of which is a dead ringer for the new Scion xB.

Considering the track record of Chinese cars when they encounter collisions on public roads, should we expect these Chinese Transformers to crumple under their own weight when erect and collapse into a mangled mess of steel and blown air bags? These Chinabots aren't worthy enough to carry one of Optimus Prime's spare tires.

Check out the crazy profiles by clicking the Read link, and view each character in our gallery below.

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "It identifies most with Paris Hilton, loves the movie "Mission Impossible", listening to Justin Timberlake and cries out "C'est la vie!" when entering battle."

      Proving Chinese cars are tasteless in just one sentence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously? You think apple pie is American?

      Apple pies have been around since the middle ages and, in most probability, were invented in England by the master cooks of King Richard II.

      When the English colonists arrived in North America they found only crab apples. Crab apple trees are the only native apples to the United States. European settlers arrived and brought with them their English customs and favorite fruits.

      • 7 Years Ago
      BTW, the transformers thing may or may not even be related to the movie, since I'm not sure when the movie opens in China anyway. Probably they just saw a buncha other car companies does robots (starting with Citroen) and figured they'd jump on board too.

      Seriously though, Great Wall's designs are uhh...well they're not the most original, lol.

      But I kinda wish our new xB's looked like their xB knockoff (the JDM xB), since I hate the new US version of the xB.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #1... LOFL! Apparently it will drink and drive on its own as well...

      On a serious note... this Chinese knock off crap is getting
      out of control. I don't think they have ever had an original idea of their own.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Considering the track record of Chinese cars when they encounter collisions on public roads..." ~John Neff

      Then it's a good thing that cars in China don't crash very often. They drive amazingly well there, and actually yield to other drivers, since yielding is cheaper than fixing a huge dent.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mike I,

        I spent the past three weeks visiting all different parts of China. I don't claim to be an expert after only three weeks, but from our tour buses, we saw a LOT of road, a LOT of cars, and a LOT of Chinese driving. And in those three weeks of constant touring, I did not see a single car crash. And trust me, after several near collisions with our tour bus, I was watching VERY carefully. In fact, I can count the number of cars which had dents on them on a single hand. Either Chinese law forces drivers to remove dents, or they just don't crash very often.

        1) Yes, I'm willing to bet there is a high NUMBER of accidents in China, just due to the fact that their population is so huge. But I also wouldn't be surprised to find that they have a lower ratio of crashes to drivers.

        2) Yes, vehicles have the right of way in China. It's common sense that you don't try to compete with a more massive object for dominance of the road. But drivers in China are far more attentive than ones in the US. If a clueless pedestrian gets in the way, the driver in China, while angry, will most likely see the pedestrian and attempt to stop.

        3) And now, you have heard of someone who says that people drive well in China. They drive dangerously. But they drive well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jonathan, you're an idiot. China has the highest per-driver accident fatality rate in the entire world. Just because you didn't see a crash while you were there doesn't mean cars don't crash. Most days in NYC I don't see a crash, but I sure as hell don't go around telling people NYC drivers never get into accidents, lol.

        Oh, and I've been to China, and the drivers were all lunatics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car identifies with Paris Hilton? Everyone gets a ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Copying anything from GM would be a mistake. LOL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here we go again with the knock offs. I feel sorry for the Chinese crapbot pictured, all one has to do is shoot his knees out and he'll go down like the piece of scrap he is. and I also smell one hell of a lawsuit from Toyota for violating their copyrights, the company thats responsible for Transformers for violating its copyrights, and while we are at it lets not forget Lexus, General motors, and everyone else that has had their design copyrights violated. If any accountants post here lets see how much this will dent their already fickle pocketbooks
      • 7 Years Ago
      This doesn't really have anything to do with Chinese Tranformers knock-offs, but... Am I the only one who's bothered every time I see that Chevy commercial where they show a yellow Cobalt, it gets crushed, and then transforms into a yellow previous-generation Malibu?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So do the ads actually say "some soccer team's logo"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      All the import guys will embrace the Chinese automakers when they arrive in America, for have the foresight to build a car just like Toyota for thousands less. They then will use this as another dig at the domestic makes for not getting it right. Maybe the Chinese know how stupid some of us are.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Citroen has already the third version of C4 promo (ice skating was second), transforming into robot, dancing and transforming back into vehicle. At Paris auto show they had an old DS in limited transformer version - but in real hardware.

      Also in Serbia one designer team made transformer version of Yugo (you remember Yugo?) but only for fun/exercise.

      Citroen C4 transformer promo got few awards and a lot of praises, therefore is quite understandable why GM copied whole thing. Chinese are not worse - for a change.
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