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Seen this today on carbuzz and just thinking what other models have they cloned? post em up here
This is a clone of F150 which is called 4R3, the engine is 2.8-liter diesel which pumps 108hp and 177tourqe.
I remember reading an article in the early 2000s about Ford Explorers in China... something about the knockoffs being more plentiful than the real deal and the parts being mostly interchangeable. I think it was in Forbes or something anyone else read that article
Had a supplier from a 3rd world country (not China but could easily have been) tell me that they could send the part in question to be sectioned & scanned digitally -- they would then supply the cloned part at a lower price. Not something that was acceptable obviously. The guy showed no embarrassment about the whole thing.
Either that or their economy is going to f*ck itself in the ass one day in the not too distant future.
These are all very small companies with no significant presence in the market.
BTW, i think the Landwind wasn't a copy but bought technology as it was sold in Europe.
I don't think GM would have stood for that if it was a clone.
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I don't care about these clones (so should you guys) because these clones only sell in China. So they fool nobody, only themselves. But it is one of a (strange) way to gauge which cars are hot/popular. (or worthy to getting clone)
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The Chinese government is gradually forcing the consolidation of these smaller companies. As the larger companies produce more competitive cars with each generation, there will come a time in the near-future when copies like this will no longer attract buyers. Then this will be just another chapter of automotive history.