• Apr 17, 2008
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Imagine a Hyundai Elantra minus the swoopy body line and with a more assertive, Opel-ish beak, and you have the Changfeng Qi Ling CP1A that'll be unveiled this weekend at the Beijing Motor Show. According to thetycho.com, the CP1A designation is simply a code name, and the sedan will get power from a 1.8-liter four of undetermined size and strength. That's the extent of the details at the moment, but we'll keep an eye out for more as Auto China '08 gets underway this weekend. Until then, there are three photos for you to check out in the gallery below.


[Source: thetycho.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      For every somewhat original design there are 10 blatant knockoffs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care what car this copies or not, it's darn fine looking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First glance....nice aftermarket Subaru Impreza front! I'm not one of those looks like this, looks like that (in fact I find it annoying a lot of times)....but for once I think this is a valid comment to make, and others seem to agree!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh... it looks like an unholy union between a Honda Accord, a Subaru Impreza, a Saturn Aura, and a Mitsubishi Lancer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      copy-and-paste
      • 6 Years Ago
      "A 1.8 liter four of undetermined size and strength."
      I'm pretty sure its size has been determined.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well the displacement has, not necessarily the size. That little motor could have 6" thick cylinder walls and run 150 lbs of boost for all we know. Might have to run that sucker on Nitro-Methane with 5:1 compression, maybe pull a little timing...
        • 6 Years Ago
        no matter what engine they put in you can expect that it will be an engine purchase from another more well know engine producer or they just reverse engineer a engine from somewhere. Chinese engine R&D is so far behind that no one in china will want to spend money on it and in China profit is more important.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @alex

        heh, well i also didn't mention what valvetrain arrangement. we'll just stick to dohc vs sohc
        personally i think they should get an 'iron monger'
        • 6 Years Ago
        You've got big plans for this 1.8 liter four-cylinder, so it seems
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like the quiksilver-looking logo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heh, that's exactly the first thing that came to my mind too! I knew some of their clothes were made in China, but I didn't know they did cars too. =P
      • 6 Years Ago
      im thinking lancer sorta butt end with new subaru front...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice Kia3. Or is that a Madza Optima?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holly crap! It looks like a Golf GTI mated with a Mazda 6!

      http://www.sportscardriven.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ aron:
        Clone? I don't think looking like a bunch of cars qualifies it as a clone. Matter of fact, you're the only one who mentioned the word. And when I look at an Accord, BMW 5 Series is the last thing that comes to mind. I'm curious... what makes the Accord a 5 Series clone? Unless the word clone means something entirely different where you come from.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The rear end is nowhere near a current gen Lancer. If this is a rip off of all these cars you mentioned, then the current gen Accord is merely a 5-series clone...

        Granted, the car is not very "original", but c'mon, how can you call this a clone? This is along the lines of the Santa Fe's "inspired by FX35" design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In my opinion, the Accord's rear-end looks similar to a 5-series, just as this has Lancer's rear end "written all over it". Just trying to point out how all this interpreted "copying" is in the eyes of the beholder and are far from blatant copying,

        Yeah, my use of the word clone was improperly used here (I was thinking of the post above saying copy & paste), but I find the inspirations drawn from the other cars mentioned to be fleeting. It's just smack dab in the middle of current styling, nothing that sets it apart and is somewhat boring, but I find it difficult to justify that it's merely a copy of a bunch of other car parts. Now the BYD F1 and Great Wall whatever the hell that POS is called, that's a different story. But I give respect where it's due, and at least this has SOME effort put into it to make a fairly original but mundane design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's quite a few cars in there... look at those headlights. They scream Renault Sport Clio V6. The lower fascia kinda looks like a Mazdaspeed 3 and that rear end has current gen Lancer written all over it... with maybe even a bit of BMW 1 Series Coupe. They may as well call it the Frankenstein.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see a bit of mazda 3 and lancer on the honches. Imagine that, a chinese car with no unique personality!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just spent the better part of 5 minutes comparing the Accord and the 5 Series and honestly, I can't even begin to understand how you see any similarities, but it's your opinion... just like it's my opinion that this car's rump looks like a Lancer. Truth is I don't see the big deal. You're doing exactly the same thing you criticized me for a second ago in citing similarities between the 5 Series and Accord. We're allowed to have opinions. Just because you disagree doesn't make my opinions any less valid, or credible for that matter. Lighten up... I think this car is a Frankenstein. No need to feel bad about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Franz: You're right.. it's not a biggie at all. Just another car, nor is it my car. I just wanted to point out the silliness of all this "X copied Y" talk, with tons of people acting like the authority on automotive design, regardless of the country of origin. I guess I didn't come across as "lighty" as I hoped, didn't mean to be confrontational, but it's hard to express oneself properly on a forum.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks guys for pointing out that it looks like a car. I couldn't have figured it out without yal!
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