• Apr 19, 2008

How brazen can you get? At least most of the Chinese auto-cloners automakers create their own renderings of the cars they are copying. HongQi, a "premium" brand produced by First Auto Works in China simply grabbed a couple of press shots of the Lincoln MKT concept from the Ford Media site and starting 'chopping. Regardless of what you might think of Lincoln's new styling direction (generally, we like it), the Chinese version is not easy on the eyes. You would think with three months to work on it since the Lincoln pics appeared they could find someone to do a more professional-looking job. The question is, will FAW get their version on the road before the production version of the MKT lands at Lincoln dealers in 2009?



[Source: China Car Times]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 47 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate the Chinese for this, everything I see from China feels fake no matter what.. To the extent that anything at the Beijing auto show is tainted somehow..
        • 6 Years Ago
        By the way, I must be forgetting but how did killing Jews become equivalent to hating the Chinese
        Is it something to do with 'generals' in particular maybe?
        enlighten me
      • 6 Years Ago
      April Fool's day was 18 days ago! That being said, I think that the Chinese are really starting to violate intellectual property laws with cars. This is way worse than Ssangyong's debacle with Jeep about a decade back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Starting? Violating intellectual property is China's #1 industry!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm not generally a fan of lawsuits, but if it's the only way these people are going to learn a lesson...let them fly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      if this is for real, you have to think they would have at least changed the background and colour of the car for the pic.

      how do you say 'sued' in mandarin?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why should China and the US work together ? Judging from the aggressive attitude displayed by most US posters here, I think until the US government and the US people know how to drop their attitude then China and the US can work together, otherwise that will just remain a pipe dream, for the time being China keeps its own ideology, the US keeps its own ideology.

      Remember if you act aggressive to someone, then don't expect the opposite side to be nice to you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "photo "Chopped""?

      besides that, I think the Chinese cars are now getting better and better... a few years ago it was these copy/cheap/unsafe cars for the people, but now there's an up market feel to it, comparable to other asian manufacturers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, forgot to add, that's if they actually make their photoshopped car into real life.


        P.S. HongQi (pronounced hong chi) means red flag. hey, sounds familiar to politics!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They could've at least changed the colour of the photoshopped car. Don't worry though, I'm sure there will be a car out of china that resembles the Lincoln MKT concept in some way. They need better photo chop artists over there. lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Japan owns 600 billion dollars US national debt, china owns 400 billion dollars. US needs their money to fight any war.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm, let's see, attacking a tiny-ass country called Iraq, with nothing more than AK-47s and Bazookas, has completely corrupted the economy.

      Oh, I know, let's attack a much larger country with many times more military power, and controls a large part of the US economy! What a great solution!

      Yes, the US has the upper hand in pure military strength, but the question is, can you afford to have ONE nuke to land on LA?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's an "Armchair General" discussion that has nothing to do with economic or nuclear fallout from an actual war with China.
        If it weren't such a boring weekend (at least for me) I wouldn't even bother throwing gas on the fire that is this whole topic, but I really stopped caring.

        Anyway, I think when it comes to military capability in a conventional war, "upper hand" is somewhat of an enormous understatement. I specifically point to the US Navy, of which StratFor makes the following statement:

        "the total available naval force that can be deployed by non-U.S. powers (friendly and other) is so limited that they lack the ability, even taken together, to assert control anywhere should the United States challenge their presence. This is an unprecedented situation historically."

        In other words, in a no-holds barred battle between the combined forces of every Navy on Earth and the US Navy, bet on the US Navy.
        Once again, NOTHING to do with a real combat situation. Just armchair Side A vs. Side B discussion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, let's get back to the vehicle. This car is so much like a fine wine. The American version has a bouquet something akin to smoked forest whereas the Chinese version has something akin to the musk of down under.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We don't need to work together. China simply doesn't have the military capacity to compete in a hypothetical war with the US. Sure they've got a lot of guys, but they have no Navy to speak of and an Air Force comprised mostly of second-hand Cold War equipment. If it wasn't such a slow and boring news day I would have resisted engaging in this conversation on a car site, but whatever.
      • 6 Years Ago
    • Load More Comments