The Chinese auto industry used to be looked at as a joke full of products blatantly copied from foreign vehicles. However, companies like Qoros and others show that the country's automakers have taken big steps in terms of original design. It doesn't look like every automaker there is ready to put down the tracing paper yet, though. Case in point: The Kawei K1 pickup pictured above, which is an obvious rip-off of the Ford F-150. In fact, the company isn't even hiding it.

Kawei deserves a little credit for its openness. In describing the new model, it says: "No matter the black net grille and the outline of the headlamp, even if the styles of fog lamp and engine cover, it looks the same as Ford Raptor." It also admits that spelling out the model name on the hood is inspired by Land Rover. It's available with either a 2.4-liter, gasoline-fueled four-cylinder producing 141 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque (elsewhere it also lists it as having 162 lb-ft) or a 3.2-liter six-cylinder diesel with 106 hp and 181 lb-ft. Regardless of engine, power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox. The trucks cost around 100,000 Yuan ($16,033). So at least the K1 is a reasonably priced knockoff.

According to Car News China, the K1 is actually selling in small numbers. The company made 10,000 of them last year and even exported some to Africa and the Middle East. Kawei's factory is doubling in capacity this year to build even more. You can read more about the truck on the company's website in some very mangled English.


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      car czar
      • 8 Months Ago
      16k pickup even after the chicken tax and import tariffs it would still sticker under 20k. Finally I can have a Chinese truck to match my Chinese everything else.
        Chris
        • 8 Months Ago
        @car czar
        And then maybe in a few more years you'll be able to get a similarly priced Chery Camero for the weekends.
      Card13
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, that's some weak output from relatively large engines
      John
      • 8 Months Ago
      There's obviously a lot of F150 influence in it, but I've seen other Chinese copies that looked WAY more like the models they were ripping off than this (a knockoff of the Lexus RX comes to mind). Definitely one of the weaker tracing paper specials here.
      cdot1987
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, one thing they didn't copy is the manual transmission offering.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 8 Months Ago
      No no no!
      Mike
      • 8 Months Ago
      They got one thing right...it has a manual transmission!!!
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Mike
        And it's short-throw to boot. At least, I've never seen an American or Japanese pickup of any size with a manual shifter shorter than 4'.
      cdot1987
      • 8 Months Ago
      ...and this is just a picture. I want to see the real thing as proof they copied it.
      Steve
      • 8 Months Ago
      Companies won't sue or take action because the Chinese government won't take action against the Chinese company that is making the copy, but, will take action against Ford. Talk about corruption. I thought it was bad here in the states.
      askroon
      • 8 Months Ago
      And it has first-gen Kia Sorento front doors and dashboard.
      Carpinions
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is this truck F-150 sized? Engine outputs like those would be bad in small-to-midsize models, but even worse in a full-size. Those engines better make all their torque low down. I can't imagine how long it would take an F-150 outfitted like this thing to get to 60 with either 141 gas hp or 106 diesel hp. And what about payload and towing? They've put engines worthy of a Honda Fit into a machine that easily weighs 2-3x as much. I'd much rather try to tow with a Corolla than this thing.
      deus ex wagon
      • 8 Months Ago
      What I wish this headline said: "Chinese supplier misspells Ranger. Americans don't care; too busy dragoning small diesel pickup."
      Commodore
      • 8 Months Ago
      So kawaii
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