• Apr 18, 2008
Click above for photo gallery of the Lifan 320

The production version of Lifan's egregious MINI clone is set to debut this weekend at the Beijing Motor Show. The Lifan 320 as it's called has an 87-horsepower 1.3L underhood that drives the front wheels alone. We're sure that Lifan will point to the car's standard 5-door hatchback layout as evidence that its not a true MINI copy, but let's all be serious here. Droopy headlights, fat D-pillars and traditional placement of the extra doors don't temper the blatant rip-offedness of this Grade D doppelganger. Even the wheels are copies. On a more amusing note, who knew MINI's humorous old "counterfeit" ad campaign would wind up being so prescient? BMW lawyers are likely standing by, as is the Counter Counterfeit Commission.


[Source: Autoblog Chinese]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Might I also imagine the overall quality is not up to snuff either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, It looks more like a Daihatsu more than anything
      • 6 Years Ago
      MY REACTION:
      "THIS LITTLE PIGGY CAME FROM CHINA"
      (the pink car looks like a piglet)

      As for "the Chinese Government is at fault"---
      hey, if the US keeps lying on its stomach and saying "do whatver you want"....... what do you think will happen?

      We are not victims to have allowed this, we are fools. We can still wake up and fight it, to the extent now possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does look like a Daihatsu!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what a Chinese Paris Hilton clone would look like?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "320 MINI ripoff", is that the official name?
        • 6 Years Ago
        In fact, yes. You know how it's asian culture to use english words for looks, kind of like we sometimes use asian characters for looks? Well, their "style english" just so happens to be "Happy MINI Ripoff 320!!!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...just one more car to add to the file at counterfeitmini.org
      • 6 Years Ago
      It probably comes with a pair of fake Gucci handbags
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was in Shanghai earlier on. Chinese made cars are very difficult to spot. Everywhere I see are VWs, Buicks. Japanese cars are not so popular there, but nonetheless still plenty compared to china made cars.

      And many of my chinese friends hated their local manufacturers, and almost anything made in china.

      Most of these rip offs are sold in the more rural areas of china i guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, it has Mini cues, definite Mini cues, but it is hardly a rip-off, or it wouldn't look so stupid. First of all, a Mini has a very tidy, truncated front overhang. This thing has a typical FWD long schnozz. Then the roofline is all wrong as well. The fenders are not Mini-like. Who is really going to mistake this for a Mini? That's what you might do with a counterfeit. This is more like, hey look, that ugly little car has a Mini back end. The person who will drive it has no taste, and won't even get the attention that someone with a $10 Rolex would.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because it's a Mini ripoff doesn't mean it's a perfect Mini ripoff.

        Reds can't do anything right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Poor Mini rip-off I can see. But counterfeit? Counterfeit is like the Chery that looked exactly like a GM product.

        And as for "the Reds can't do anything right" that may be a bit of an overstatement. They sell us all their goods, they are getting all our manufacturers, they own a good portion of our debt (which our great grandchildren will be paying back to them, if they haven't already foreclosed on us by then). They do poor rip-offs, yes, but some of their latest concepts and models show real promise for an industry that has only come to the fore in the past 10 years. So write them off at your peril. With their population, money, education and drive, they along with India will one day be superpowers as well. I just hope by then we can more than get along.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chinese cars = Go Bots!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on China car makers. It's time to get original on your designs. This is ridiculously blatant reduplicating.
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