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The Top Gear crew has been spotted filming in China. James May and Jeremy Clarkson have caused a stir in Beijing as they take to the wheel in the newest vehicles available from Chinese automakers.

Judging from the photos that have surfaced so far, it looks like the intrepid duo spent some time in exquisite pieces of engineering like the JAC Binyue and the Greatwall Haval M2, while also taking a look at some of the country's vehicles that infringe on the copyrights of pay tribute to cars manufactured around the globe. That meant taking a gander at hardware like the Smart ForTwo-inspired Shuanghuan Noble, the BMW X5-flavored Shuanghuan SCO and the Mini Cooper-themed Lifan 320.

The episode is likely to surface next season, and we're betting it will feature plenty of insightful commentary from all three of the hosts. If this seems like the setup for yet another international incident, you'd be right. But isn't that why we keep watching? Head over to Car News China for a look at the full gaggle of photos.


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      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for Clarkson's derogatory comments about the Chinese!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      c.schumacher
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some say, that his most favorite dish is dog, And, that if he ate now, he'd be certainly famished an hour later. All we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's intellectual-property-law-defying cousin!
      2o6
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that's a bit rude to say things like this. Some of China's new offerings (brilliance, in particular) actually look like credible attempts.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2o6
        I agree, but it's easy to be rude towards any entity you're afraid of. The truth is that China is on a large and fast learning curve, and it's scaring a good many people, hence the rudeness. While they have a history of unashamedly copying other well-known designs, a growing number of their creations in recent years are attractive, unique designs. The Hafei Lobo from 2007, and more recent Geely Panda, BYD e6, and Roewe 350 are all good examples.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2o6
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Todd Dunning
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys shoud take a look at that China page. Virtually 90% copies of a Mini, a Smart, an X5, a C-Class. I mean I would not have known if I wasn't looking for it.
        jvshenderson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        Yeah, the X5 only looks similar on the rear half, but that mini is just criminal!
        csgill75
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        That JAC Binyue from that China page looks like a Mercedes Benz, that's what i thought i was looking at!
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope there cars had roll cages, we all know how safe those cars are.
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to get back at the Chinese by beating them at their own game. Let's copy the Chinese.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this turns out anywhere as good as the Vietnam episode, I definitely look forward to seeing it!
      Johnny the Monkey
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet Clarkson had his apology letters drafted up before he even got on the plane.
      theaxemurderer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy!...
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