• Jan 9th 2009 at 7:01PM
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Click above for a gallery of the Great Wall Coolbear spy pics

A while back we told you about China's Great Wall Motors (GWM) and how they planned to get into the small car market, namely by Xeroxing the Scion xA and xB. Well, now we have some spy pics of the production GWM Coolbear, and it's the spitting image of the concept we saw in Shanghai a couple of years ago. Admittedly, the mirrors are less show car and more road car, but other than that, it's remarkably unaltered. The Coolbear should help Great Wall Motors expand from their truck-building roots, assuming Toyota doesn't have greater success than other carmakers have been suing China's automakers for copyright infringement. The Coolbear is expected to use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, just like the Scion, but we don't know if it will have a similar VVT-i stamp on it. Check out the gallery below, and if you think we were kidding about this being a copy, check out the taped-over-badges on the silver car used for 'inspiration' in the studio.


[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Reverse engineering at its finest. Welcome to China.

      Hey Mr. we can make those guided missile parts for 1/3 the price you are currently paying. We just need to have a look at the plans to make sure we are doing it properly. We won't look at any secret information... PROMISE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What in the name of god is beautiful about this shape???
      there is the scion xb,the daihatsu matria even nissan had a try with the cube.
      the rectangular shape doen't work for a car,it just doesn't.a car has to have a long hood and a mid sized boot and a smooth curve on the top ,that's the shape of a passengers car not a van or a bus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Practical, not beautiful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For some of people, function equals beauty, and whatever else you might think of them, a cube-shaped vehicle is very, very f***ing functional.

        And for others, I suspect it is a sort of anti-fashion statement, the way the old VW bug and Volvos were.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I would rather have the CoolBear than the current xB. If it were the last gen xB, then that would be a different question altogether.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. If that front end were on the current xB, I'd actually like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      qina is going down.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, except for the headlights it looks the same as a scion. Doesn't China know how to make orginal cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      US live without china? that's dream.Remember capitalist economy base on the capitalist's game.That's how "liberal economy" play in the world,to get Capital oppression right? How the capitalist stop using the oppression to 3rd world country and get the money?For you is fine but Your lovely Capitalist wont do that for your patriotism.LOL

      US needs drop "Cold War thinking",stop groundless accusations the whole world.Otherwise the world will continue to blame on you just like now.America is a JOKE in the World right now.Yankees~~lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Your bizarre statements sound like Tokyo Rose taunting the troops during WWII."

        Hey TVSG, It is our own Tokyo Rose who apparently can't stay away:

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/12/05/jon-stewart-injects-some-humor-perspective-into-detroit-three-b/

        Piss off, c*nt. You're too f*cking stupid to hide with your multiple accounts. I'll expose you again and again.

        Back to TVSG:

        "I am a hard core liberal Democrat and I blame every POTUS from Reagan on for the crap that Globalization has laid upon our doorstep."

        You're right. Only two candidates in the 1992 election adamantly spoke out against NAFTA and that was Jerry Brown and Ross Perot. Both were painted as nut cases and I blame both the Democrats and the Republicans.

        Once again, thanks for your fair and level headed comments.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're not very bright. Your bizarre statements sound like Tokyo Rose taunting the troops during WWII. And yes, I know the difference between Japanese and Chinese.

        Simple fact is this: America is the envy, not the joke, of the world. If that wasn't the case you wouldn't have little kids in every country who want to grow up and live in America. When exactly was the last time an Egyptian kid said "I want to live the Chinese dream."? Oh, uh, never?

        Another simple fact: For our entire history, the US has been more than self sufficient. That is until the recent trend towards globalization. I am a hard core liberal Democrat and I blame every POTUS from Reagan on for the crap that Globalization has laid upon our doorstep. NAFTA and all of the other trade agreements were just a bunch of lubeless buttbanging of the American worker for the benefit of multinational corporations and Wall St. types with no sense of honor or love of country.

        We always made our own goods and had plenty of jobs until the greed of corporations brought about Globalization. Guess what? I think we as citizens of the United States are getting to the point where we have had it with all of the greed and corruption that have brought us to this point in our history. A totally democratic revolution (you can call it a Dobbsian revolution) is bound to happen if things don't change soon. And when it does come about, China is going to have many billions of pissed off serfs and then we'll see who is the "joke"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps this fake previous-gen Scion xB will be sold in the new fake-brands-shopping-center in Nanjing...

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/01/05/fake-brands-shopping-centre-set-to-open-in-china-pictures-115875-21018152/
      • 6 Years Ago
      China is the most unoriginal country ever. Every thing decent is blatantly copied and anything they try to make themselves is worthless. I hope Toyota sues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like a cross between a Forester and an XB 1st gen
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sue for copying almost every angle of that design, dude take a look at the pictures they were basing everything off the Bb to begin with. Thats enough evidence right there, I'm willing to bet the engine is pretty much the same considering that it's a 1.5 as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Remember, in a communist society, you are supposed to share all means of making money, be it farm land, factory, intellectual property, etc.

      You people speak as if China was a capitalist country. It is not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you knew anything about china, you'd know that it's probably more capitalist than any other country in the world. Communism over there died in the 80's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ happy penguin,

        Good luck with that. Considering 97% of rare earth metals produced for the world market are located in China and the explosive growth of Chinese industries that will use more of those rare earth metals, you wouldn't want the United States or any other country to stop investing in or trading with China.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which is exactly the reason why we shouldn't be doing business in China.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Would you care to provide a link to support that claim? When I checked the lists of rare earth minerals on Wiki I found very little mention of China but many references to countries located within the free world:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_earth_mineral

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_earth_metals
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate the chinese more and more everyday. Stealing little bastards!

      I swear we need to nuke the sh#t out of them. You people should be so glad I am not President. I would nuke them in a second for this.

      Why does the international community put up with this? They stole toyota's design!!!

      If we're going to welcome our COMMUNIST friends onto the world's stage they HAVE TO stop this crap.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn getting real tired of these Chinese copying comments. Sometimes the comments are borderline racist (no this is not playing the racism card, if you were Chinese and read the last article on Chinese copying cars I doubt you won't be offended).

      Then there's the argument of not doing business with China at all, which you people damn well know is not going to happen. In fact it was the foreign countries which pushed for China to open itself to business and capitalism in the first place (go back and read the history books). Sure, China stands to lose a lot of business, but the foreign companies probably stand to lose even more (rememeber, it's not just the cheap labor, but also the emerging Chinese market which is attractive).

      I say one of two things will happen. One is the companies successfully stop all copying (good luck with that, with the Chinese Government's laws on copyrighting). The farthest this will probably go is to ban copied items from sale in foreign markets; in the Chinese markets it's not going to be an easy task to stop them.

      The second is eventually most of the companies who copy follow the route of the Koreans and Japanese and eventually make products which are an improvement over the original ones. I hope this is the route they take.
        • 6 Years Ago
        edit:
        By "last article on Chinese copying cars ", I mean the comments of the last article. I'm sure some of you know what I am talking about (the "dog" comment).
      • 6 Years Ago
      If anyome really thinks Toyota should sue they need to think about it. Toyota has made huge gains in market share in China which is soon to be the worlds largest automotive market. Does anyone really think Toyota would throw that away over an ugly, little car? China could boot them in a hearbeat and not allow them access to their market and Toyota could only stand and watch its competitors make billions to fund R&D in other markets around the world. Many of those markets Toyota would be a direct competitor to the companies making money on the worlds largest market.

      If they didn't allow Toyota to operate in China it would be a lot how Japan protects their market right? Remember, Korea as well as Japan have copied things in the past as they developed and who really owns the rights to the "box on wheels"? There a number of these cars in Japan made by other companies than Toyota. Maybe Toyota will sue Ford because the Flex is a big Scion?

      As for "setting the Chinese free" stuff, please. Are the Chinese crying themselves to sleep every night? No they are not. I studied for my masters in Beijing for two semesters. They do understand they have problems but are happy that the government has relaxed many Mao policies. Farmer own their property, people can open their own business and the can travel abroad. Everytime I hear the freedom of the press argument I get sick. Is ours much better? Our western media makes stuff up all the time, gets stories wrong, puts it on the front page only to retract it on page 14-D, right after the comics and ads. Whole companies here make millions on fake/made-up news like the Enquirer.

      It's a shame we in the U.S. always need a villain to bash to make ourselves feel better. In the 80's it was the evil Japanese and their cars and the Soviets and their nukes. Now China has taken the place of villain.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great post, Tagg, make me remember how hypocrite and cynical is the western media, they point out the "lack of freedom" in China, while locking, enclosuring and selling themselves only to protect and make up news directed to improve or damage opposition groups, contrary political views and some social behaviours

        here in Brasil is equally the same, there is a shitty weekly magazine, they're so hypocrite and biased, they whine and moan every time they can about China, but they act essentially the same, and as 90 % of the media groups here are owned by families who supported thorougly the military regime between the 60's and 80's

        Also about crimes against humanity, it is better not comment, hence US and many other "civilized" countries (Spain and Japan, for example) did horrible things in the past
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