• Oct 21, 2007
China's BYD is planning to build a car called the F-1 which it intends to sell for a mere $3,000. At this point, it's unknown what will propel this little machine but it's a safe bet it won't approach its McLaren-built namesake. Apparently, part of the plan to build the car so cheaply was to not bother paying any designers to style it. Instead, BYD seems to have hired someone who simply knows how to use Photoshop. If you look really, really closely, you might notice the vaguest resemblance between the planned F-1 (top) and the Toyota Aygo (bottom). We're sure Toyota's thrilled to death about this.
[Source: ChinaCarTimes]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Add this to the long list of Chinese design knock-off cars. They really have no shame, don't they
      • 7 Years Ago
      This type of design stealing is the end result of a bankrupt society created by a government where human creativity and independent thinking is unwelcome and totally discouraged at all costs to maintain complete and total political control. No surprise this sad state it's finally entering our media radar as China enters the auto age.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Everytime I tell somebody that despite high taxes and overly generous government programs, Europe is going to beat us because of their creativity and consistent reinvention of themselves, I get called anti-American.

        But in reality, I am saying this because I hope some day someone here wakes up and realizes that I have a point, and does something useful about it.

        The strong Euro/weak Dollar should be a wake-up call, but I don't exactly see any panic happening here...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hm, the pic of the f1 is definetly a photochopped version of that from the Aygo...hello lawsuit!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Get with the program already, people. This is nothing new. Why are we so against it all of a sudden when the Chinese are doing the shameless copying? Before that it was the Koreans, and before, during, and after that, it was, is, always has been, and will continue to be, the Japanese. Welcome to the Asian import show - Photoshop and the Photocopier have never been used so feverishly.... I think Adobe and Xerox are seeing record sales.... Oh, wait, nevermind, they probably just pirated Photoshop and/or made their own cheaper version of it.... Wonderful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      cheap knock-off counterfeit - just like movies, music, and lots of other stuff from China
        • 7 Years Ago
        Generalize much?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Neo: I take it you've never been to China?

        Take a look at the Chery QQ/Chevy Spark.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are the lawyer's fees for the copyright lawsuit included in the base price, or is that an option?
      • 7 Years Ago
      it may look like a toyota, but guess what will happen when it gets into an accident? Hint, think aluminum soda cans, lol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      incredible... just incredible...

      Hello lawsuit! ;P
      • 7 Years Ago
      They didn't even bother changing the wheels or the color.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I remember reading that a car company can't be sued for copying another car's styling since you can't copyright a design. I get pissed off just seeing these guys rip off other's designs; I can't imagine being the actual company that was actually copied.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on now "copy" at Ferrari F430 allready and call it a carrot. I would buy that!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont get it....

      These Chinese auto companies have to pay SOMEBODY to design their cars, because it still takes a designer to make the very subtle changes between their cars and the ones tehy're ripping off of. It's not like they're taking two already produced mainstream cars and welding them together (even though it looks like it sometimes).

      So, if they already have designers, why can't designers make their own designs?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Easy, and on multiple fronts!

        1. Designers are expensive and creativity is an unnecessary risk (see below). It is much easier to take an existing car and say "add this logo here, bulge there" than it is to drastically alter the design. Why do it when you've already got the design stolen from someone else? front and rear lights are easy to produce and alter on a large scale.

        2. As with most cases, if the source car is popular, yours very well may be, too. It may seem silly, but the vast undereducated masses would probably never know the difference between the real thing and the knock-off. They see this and think "Ah, that looks like what my friend drives and enjoys so much!" and are now customers. Why risk your product on a unique design that nobody recognizes when you can just steal it from somebody with said recognition instead?

        3. Tooling is expensive. It is much easier to acquire the blueprints for an existing chassis and the tooling to produce it and its sheetmetal than it is to do it yourself. With a little creativity, you can shove your choice powertrain under the hood and sell it as a unique product to the hundreds of millions of soon-to-be car buyers. A little money in the right hands saves a lot for the savvy Chinese corporation!

        4. Tradition. Not to add to the flood of china-bashing, but they really have established a trend of doing this on all fronts, especially when it comes to items with high initial cost to production items like Cars and Electronics.
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