There's a certain German sports car that the designers at CH Auto might have been dreaming about before they penned the Lithia. We don't think this kind of inspiration is anywhere near criminal, though, and before anyone broaches the topic of Chinese design, they should know that the CH Auto's design chief is an ex-General Motors man: Dan Darancou, who has work on the Buick Invicta Concept and the SEMA Chevrolet Camaro Black on his resume.

CH Auto helps automakers prepare cars for sale in China, from design through to engineering – part of Darancou's brief is to make sure those two departments work together. The Lithia, showed off at the Beijing Motor Show, has probably been done as a company calling card. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, the spec sheet claims a 150-kilometer range (93 miles).


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      Rol
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh please AB.. just because it has 4 wheels and a semblance of side intake does NOT make it an R8 copycat, JUST because its from China. I can guarantee you that if this came out of the US or Europe, there would be nary a mention of this, especially by AB.
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can probably see R8 if you squint, not really, pretty good design though.
      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks nice for a chinese car....just talking about looks not quality XD
      Masschine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota used to do it. Hyundai used to do it now the Chinese do it. It's what's under the sheet metal that counts. And compared to the first two this is derivative of the R8 and maybe a few others and isn't t anywhere near as blatant as the F-150 rip off from a few months ago.
      TMTexas
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chinese really have NO SHAME when it comes to copying design elements . . .
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TMTexas
        Down voted of course. Political correctness far outweighs truth here on autoblog. I gave you a thumbs up because i'm not afraid to voice my opinion, even if it means hurting a few feelings out there.
        • 2 Years Ago
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          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          Softly on the Z4? That wasn't at all soft. The Hoffmeister Kink isn't copyable, it's not distinct. Rounded corners on sheetmetal reduce stress and add strength. So many cars have a rounded corner there.
      Brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations China, you have officially designed a good looking car.
      Brent
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shameless.....
      Jeremiah
      • 2 Years Ago
      I normally side with you, Autoblog, but I fail to see how the Lithia "strikes an Audi-like profile." It takes more than a side blade to ape the R8...and in this case, it really looks more like sideburns than anything.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      You gotta chu what you gotta chu.
      DawgByte
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I totally disagree with the author. China has been engaging in intellectual property theft for decades and this is just another blatant example. Sure most automobile designs are derivatives of something else, but this is just an in your face rip off of the Audi A-8. Shame on Dan Darancou and the Chinese suits for signing off on this design!
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chinese auto industry is (obviously) developing, and making strides. This car isn't all that great a design (a hodge-podge of pilferred styles already on the road...which is indicative of an upstart company) but it won't be long before the Chinese will take a page out of Hyundai's book and develope their OWN look, which (no doubt) will be very attractive. They aren't stupid people, and they surely know that to compete in the auto industry means having to be unique. Before long, don't be surprised to see Chinese made vehicles crusin' the roads of America.
        RTHKI
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        you dont have to be unique, look at the other asian cars.
      MAJikMARCer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it would have helped if they had not put the silver 'shoosh' on the b-pillar. That screams "we-copied an R8!". Without that it would look much more unique.
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