• Aug 27, 2007
You might recall a post last week regarding a little tiff between Smart and Shuanghuan, the purveyors of the Noble, a dead ringer for the German firm's fortwo. That vehicle, along with an SUV dubbed the CEO, will be gracing the stand of the Chinese automaker next month in Frankfurt, and it looks as though BMW may be considering legal action as well.

The CEO has a distinctly last-gen. X5 feel to it, particularly when viewed in profile and from the rear. According to Automotive News' sister publication, Automobilwoche, BMW is considering legal action if and when the CEO is unveiled, and may attempt to halt distribution of the SUV in Europe.

The IAA, the governing body for next month's show, has regulations in place that would require copyright violators to remove its products, and its entire exhibition space, from the show floor if a court-imposed injunction is filed.

We're hoping to be on hand next month if an international incident does, in fact, takes place.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If they judge the "CEO" to be a copy the Frankfurt auto show officials should ban them from the show. It would be nice if other major shows also ban them until they can some up with some original designs. I suspect, left to their own devices their designs might look a tad less cutting edge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      all they need is a "DMW" logo instead of BMW and it'll truly be a chinese knockoff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's one thing to be inspired by a design, but this is a complete duplication. It's getting ridiculous. The Chinese auto industry needs to put a stop to this if they ever want any respect from the rest of the world. The Chinese government should know that this is destroying China's image and reputation and start to intervene.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Glad to see that companies are starting to take notice, it's always easy to copy a design, much harder to come up with something totally unique, I know car companies these days follow certain trends and have similar shapes but Chinese take it to the extreme and really copy whole exteriors. I know the quality of these products will probably leave a lot to de desired but still, they are using other brands image and designs to sell their own products.

      I think that the western world needs to take notice and start to apply pressure on Chinese government to apply and follow copyright laws. China needs US far more than US needs China, US can always build their factories elsewhere, but China sells most of it's products to US market so if anything, in the long run, it's China that would suffer the most. Also, since China doesn't wanna play fair with its set currency and due to a fact that US gov't has massive debts of which China is one of the biggest creditors, US can devalue the dollar, or better yet, introduce a new currency not based on oil where the US dollar would become worthless which would hurt China the most. people fear China but they are still a developing country, their technology is still years behind Europe or US, and the longer we will wait to set China straight, the more difficult it will get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for it lol The Chinese are only proving 1 thing, that cars can be made cheaper unlike the rest of the stablish manufactures which seem to be making cars cost more and more....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I never thought of it that way.
      You have a really good point.

      They probably feel somthing like all the Barrista's with Philosophy degree's do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Germans are known nowhere in the world for their taste."

      Sure they are. Hugo Boss is a good example and that guy who designs Chanel is another.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok..so why is it that if you go to a typical german house (not bavarian!) everything is more modern than a typical stateside household. German's have had 16:9 ratio tv's and a standard of elegance for the last 10 years while the states still trips over itself over "crown mouldings"..oooooo

        Don't believe me? have a gander yourself..

        http://www.xxxlutz.de/

        And yes i know it's about autos so shall we talk about bauhaus?

        about audi? (design pur)

        about BMW and flame surfacing (positive and negative which ironically has turned positive)

        about mercedes (perception of solid design)

        about Porsche?(http://www.porsche-design.com/live//Home.PorscheDesign?flash=0)

        about, murcielago, wiessmann, rolls phantom and drophead.

        know of what you speak before you say it. Substantiate your arguments..but i'm sure all of this is pointless as water will find it's own level.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For anyone intrested here is the Company website.
      Its in Chinease but you can see the CRV ripoff "S-RV" and more shots of the "CEO"

      http://www.hbshauto.com/en/allcar.asp

      Hey Shuanghuan can you please make a
      8C Competizione? You could call it the C8!
        • 7 Years Ago
        To quote their website: "We Spend hundreds of billions of Yuan to build to build the top product of SUV researching by our selves. Our car is gathered with international fashion, technological classic and all sorts of technique nowadays. The whole car is made by digital-moulding and the body of the car is made by total-ordermoulding. It is at the average standard and quality among the same style car which above 300,000 Yuan, and it was made by exquisite technics.Shuanghuan SCEO make s its own way to aim at the special car which are for the elite group of graduate students and flexible car for the white collars. We designed a kind of luxuriant but not expensive car which is romantic and smooth, figural and unconstrained. The car has vigorous and powerful appearance. It leads to the fashion and has the function of recreation, traveling and for commercial purpose. Our car is a mixture of the luxuriant technique of easily control, Comfort and the sporting style. It has international sporting performance, sporting chassis, high tech inside and becomes a perfect compromise of classical and modern or even can be defined the most fashionable, most honorable and most beautiful among the economic SUV. We give you the perfect SUV."


      • 7 Years Ago
      The Big 3 have had crash panels copied for the past 20 years and almost no one said a word! This was a major drain on profits and all the Euro trash did was laugh! Well lets see who has the last laugh now. Also those aftermarket parts are the same trash as the tires, tooth paste, lead paint and other rejects that we are getting.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now, thats what you call german engineering(:
      • 7 Years Ago
      The chinese don't care about respect. All they want is to make all the money. Communists have never respected copywrite laws and they won't about cars either. Just be thankful that they still allow foreign [devils] to make cars in china. That day is coming to an end too. Before long the chinese will slowly force the foreigners out.. Once they have learned all of the technology and no longer need them. Hope GM and the others have plan B for when that happens.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did an Asian-American pipe up yet to say that Asians think differently than Westerners so it's basically ok that they constantly rip off others company’s designs and products?
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