By now, it's clear that the Chinese auto industry has shown us a demonstrated will (if not necessarily the complete ability) to copy something that another automaker has made. In this case, the subject appears to be the Local Motors Rally Fighter.

Believe it or not, a Chinese automaker has actually filed to patent this clone of the Rally Fighter, a high-riding off-road sports car made in Arizona. Though the form and proportions clearly ape those of the Local Motors vehicle, the detailing appears to be different enough to stand apart.

The patent was apparently registered by Haval, a brand of Great Wall Motors, which is expected to reveal the finished product in December at the Guangzhou Motor Show. This wouldn't be the first time that Great Wall has copied other automakers' designs, having previously aped the Fiat Panda as well as several Toyota and Isuzu models. It probably won't be the last, either...


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      kp
      • 4 Months Ago

      This "ripped off" a rally fighter no more than the rally fight ripped off an '81 AMC Eagle.

      Kuro Houou
      • 4 Months Ago

      More then likely totally supported by the government there too.

        askroon
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        And of course the US government doesn't totally support its automakers.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 4 Months Ago

      They're ripping off obscure niche vehicles now?

      Making11s
      • 4 Months Ago

      Oh, China.  Your designers are thieves and you should all feel a little ashamed. 

      GTIgunner
      • 4 Months Ago

      This thing already looks way better then the Rally Fighter! The Rally Fighter was never more then a glorified kit car. It uses Honda Civic taillights and standard PIAA spot lights for headlights.

      askroon
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is ridiculous. The car in these patent drawings looks completely different than the Rally Fighter. It's like saying that the VW CC is a Merc CLS knockoff or something equally stupid.

      bK
      • 4 Months Ago

      Getting inspiration from a design is one thing but cut and paste R&D or flare out copy and paste is criminal. 

      GTIgunner
      • 4 Months Ago

      Also this article seems pretty biased against China because most cars, whether they're from America, Japan, or Germany, are only slight variations of each other. Quoting the article "Though the form and proportions clearly ape those of the insert car name here vehicle, the detailing appears to be different enough to stand apart." You can literally say that about pretty much any car including the Accord, the Sonata, and the Malibu for example. You can only tell those three apart by they're detailing. And you'll find that in almost every car and truck segment.

        Sean Victorine
        • 4 Months Ago
        @GTIgunner

        Nobody is flat out copying the other though. That's were China pisses everyone off. 

        IBx27
        • 4 Months Ago
        @GTIgunner

        chinese companies earn every bit of bias against them, not through one or two instances but through decades of doing this.

      You missed it
      • 4 Months Ago

      Why the hell not? Imitation is the highest form of flattery (said somebody at some point). If they make it better than the original, then all the power to them! Otherwise, they will look like fools. Either way, we all win!

        jodie88
        • 4 Months Ago
        @You missed it

        Better than the original!? WAHAHAHAH! When has a chinese knock off even been equal to the original much less better? Never, not once in the entire history of the country (post industrial anyway).

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