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Shuanghuan UFOAccording to UK-based media service Headline Auto, one of the hot rumors flying around the Auto Messe in Frankfurt earlier this morning was that China Automobile, the German importer for Chinese automaker Shuanghuan, was going to get booted out of the exhibit hall. The controversy stems from some bad blood brewing between Shuanghuan and the mainstream manufacturers whose designs it blatantly, unashamedly copies. On display in Frankfurt are the Shuanghuan UFO and CEO SUVs. UFO is a Toyota RAV4 clone, and CEO is a 95% copy of the BMW X5. (We say 95% because Shuanghuan apparently elected to copycat Mercedes-Benz for the CEO's front end design.)

In the end, China Automobile Deutschland got to stay at the show, but Shuanghuan still faces potential trouble ahead, as BMW is considering legal action against the company.

[Source: Headline Auto]


Headline News: Chinese whispers
Rumours on the morning of the second press day that the IAA show organisers might expel China Automobiles from the show sent TV news crews scurrying to witness the event.
At the heart of the row are the lookalike Toyota Rav 4 - called the UFO – and the BMW X5 lookalike, the CEO.

In the end, there were no flying saucers and no embarrassed chief executives at the importer China Automobiles Deutschland – but it provided for an entertaining interlude.

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      That's the only way to prevent Chinese cars from flooding landfills of other countries. They will certainly disintegrate after 20,000 miles, not to mention safety issues that they will bring. Using their standard strategy - sell crap for cheap - they posses real danger. I hope BMW wins the legal action and punitive damages will bankrupt that "auto manufacturer".
      • 7 Years Ago
      Between this and the iPhone knock offs, it is amazing if China doesn't become the bane of the civilized world. I'd like to see a crash test for the CEO w/ their accordian crumple zone. I wonder if there is lead in the paint?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm Chinese and I'm quite dissappointed by this as well. I wish the manufacturers stop being "inspired" by others and start getting some inspiration of their own. I don't think that getting ideas from an existing design is bad but they should build on those ideas to introduce something new.... one day. BTW, I agree that these cars should not have been allowed to be exhibited.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems like concepts such as safety and performance are difficult to translate into Chinese.

      Now only if they could try copying some of Europe’s other great concepts such as universal healthcare and education, a free press, democracy, …

      • 7 Years Ago
      I currently work for a major global car company in R&D. If I saw one of our cars had been ripped off, I don't think I would be able to work today. We work on developing cars after a design is made for 3 or 4 years. To see a company rip off 3 to 4 years of development makes me want to puke. What irritates me even more is that I can see parts on the car that are made by suppliers that also supply parts for the companies that were ripped off (BMW, Mercedes, etc.). I guess business is business but it deffinetly makes me think a little differently of those companies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kirk and Spock speculate that with that kind of technology in the hands of the Iotians and with their gift for imitation, the Iotians may one day want a piece of the Federation's action.

      Take a look around they already have it, a large piece.

      And--nobody copies anything? Right---- Heard all the same complaints when the Japanese started importing, copies, poor quality, knock off.

      Ask your wife if those clothes she wears are the orginal name or an identical knock off. How about that PC you are using? Copies surround us, get over it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well said! I'm in Europe. And this news happens here (not in the states). We just don't see that many complaints in European forums (complaints are much more objective).

        How come most Americans are so nationalists, so single minded. and so anti China. Some of you guys just make me laugh. Know nothing but yourselves.

        Oh, wait... who you guy have as your president again? No wonder...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I was BMW I'd have a wall of displays showing all the Chinese Car crash Tests, such as the Brilliance, etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL, thats genius!!! I love it!!! Honestly, that's the best idea I've heard so far and no I'm not being sarcastic. Every manufacturer that is victimized by the Chinese, and yes I would call it that, should just launch a cheap smear campaign with crash test footage on utube and car forums.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Come on, do you know anything about Chinese car industry or BMW for this matter? Brilliance builds cars for BMW (both 3-series and 5-series) in China! They are partners. And also since when anybody accused Brilliance copying BMW? Even if in the future we see a Brilliance model look like a Beemer, it won't be a surprise at all. Coz at least in China BMW is called Brilliance BMW (the result of their cooperation).
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have been sent home. Now if they copied a 1968 Dodge Charger and put a hemi under the hood in 7/8th scale, that'd be cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha not surprising at least I worked at a company before that was largely based in china and I can tell you that copyright infringment is a totaly foreign concept for them. The chineese division would consistantly send us fakes, substandard parts, and present new discoveries that were actually just plagurized copies of published works
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      I cant wait to pick these up at the local walmart when they show up stateside.

      I esp like the UFO because it probably costs the same as a oil change for a BMW X5.

      These are perfect disposable cars buy for the weekend then just run it into a wall "preferably with u not in it"

      I love China

      PS The UFO would look so hot with huge DUBS on it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oil changes are included with the purchase of a "real" X5
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