• Jun 17, 2009

Great Wall i7 - Click above for image gallery

If we were heading up one of China's numerous automakers and we were looking through the annals of history for a vehicle design to crib, our choice probably wouldn't be that of the Toyota Yaris. It's not so much that the Yaris is a bad car, it's that the success of Toyota's little subcompact hatchback is probably based more on the merits of its nameplate and reputation for reliability and low running costs than its styling. No matter, China's Great Wall has indeed aped a good portion of Toyota's five-door hatchback for its latest entry into the small car wars, imaginatively named i7.

The rear end may have a lot of Toyota in it, but we especially like the front grille, which appears to be a Vulcan mind-meld between the design languages of both Dodge and Audi while managing to look completely horrid original. Inside, the i7 combines the unloved central gauge cluster of the Yaris with some very fake wood trim around the shifter and upholstery borrowed from a mid-Nineties Dodge Neon.

So far, there's no word on what powers the i7 or when it's expected to make it into production.



[Source: China Car Times | Photos: BitAuto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's the Autoblog outrage to the new Kia Civic?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not? Is this any worse than the Aveo? Or....the G3?

      And that's why GM failed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I only see a slight resemblance in the rear, which is the case with many cars nowadays.

      I know there are some blatant rip-offs, but, honestly, do we need posts like this every single time a new design comes out from China.

      The rear bears a slight resemblance to another car, so what. Everyone does it, it's really not as big a deal as some of you make it out to be.

      Of course, I am wasting my time. Anyone who spends any amount of time on AutoBlog knows that if there is a post dealing with GM, Toyota (especially Prius), Chinese design, etc. etc., there are going to be thick-headed "experts" that will manipulate "facts" to support their arguments, or cite some lame "customer satisfaction" or other type of useless survey to make a point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, first they rip off Toyota, then rip off Intel with the name (i7)
        • 5 Years Ago
        How do you rip off an alphanumeric name? For example - does M1, M3, M5 and M6 really belong to BMW or the UK's Department of Transport?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see some Yaris influences (such as the windowline) in there, but I see a lot more Suzuki than Toyota in there. The front looks as though it was taken from an SX4 to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks like the horrible clusterf*** of an Acura, Dodge, and Volkswagon. That apparently all equals Toyota. Thank God we are getting the Fiesta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know why I mentioned Toyota....I wasn't paying attention. Sorry. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just another reason not to buy from China.
      • 5 Years Ago
      fulsxy85 - I think you are totally correct. As a matter of fact I'm pretty sure I heard about this on Autoblog. It was discussed for a while, then suddenly these same cars started being posted as "rip-offs" rather than just badge engineering. My understanding was that Toyota has been selling (lending?) the tooling for older models (Like the xA/xB) to Great Wall who then makes minor changes and puts them back into production. It seems like a great idea to me. These are decent designs for econoboxes - no reason to just scrap the tooling entirely when they can still be sold in developing nations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Leave it to Autoblog to disregard relevant information and perpetuate stereotypes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every new car I've seen on this blog is a copy of or has copied the ugliest ideas of a dozen other ugly cars and bundled them together. Is there anything uglier than an Audi grille? Is there anything uglier than huge trapizoidal holes for foglights? Most are old cars with geometric holes cut into them. There's really nothing new in the car industry at this time. I thought surely ten years into a new century designers would have something better to show us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, Autoblog/Jeremy, but the outer shape grill looks more VW Golf GTI than Audi. I agree the ugly, thick, 'crosshairs' grill in the middle is very Dodge-y...(pun)
      The whole package still looks better than GM/domestic U.S. attempts at small hatchbacks, when they actually decided to finally MAKE small hatches.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope you're not referring to the Aveo/Kalos. That's an Italian design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's got more than a hint of hungry aveo to the front end too. Again, why would they choose that to copy?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/13/frankfurt-preview-look-out-the-new-chevy-aveo-5-door-wants-to/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks crappy, and Acura style head lights? Oh yeah, this will work.
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