You probably saw:I saw a Youtube of some Chinese knockoff in a crash test that literally collapsed like it was made of aluminum foil.
1) A first generation Chinese car, like the Chery Amulet or the Geely Otaka... Both Geely and Chery have been making cars for only a few years when they tested those cars. (Geely started making cars in 2001, Chery in 1999). Their new offerings are much improved.
2) A "crash test" deliberately mislabeled as a crash test of a Chinese car, eg: the Volkswagen T3 or the Holden Commodore which weren't real crash tests to begin with (notice the lack of crash test dummies)
last two Chinese cars tested by Euro NCAP received 4 stars.
Let me remind you that the Jeep Compass got 2 stars just today. That's from a company that has been around for 70 years.
Last edited by Analyst; 02-22-2012 at 04:51 PM.
After a lengthy google search, I discovered this Chinese auto manufacturer internal training document
(I'd say it looks better than the new Corolla, but that might be just my Toyota hate speaking)
I also find it funny, ironic even, that you picked a Toyota... A company that started making cars with a copy of the Chrysler Airflow.
On our way home after 6 weeks there we realised how big a place Zhanjiang was however we had no access to cars and couldn't speak a word of local lingo so we were stuck in one area the whole time. Have been back to China many times since then but never back to an MFC.
None of your examples come even close to being copies. These designs may have been inspired by each other, but they're clearly not copies. There are very good examples of copies in this thread that only China can be accused of.If you cant see that then you're the "prejudiced" and "misinformed" one if you're denying whats in front of your face.
Last edited by Newbie16ver; 02-23-2012 at 01:44 PM.
BAIC is not the only one that rips off their JV partners:
Brilliance blatantly copies the X1...
FAW rips off Mazda
And there the sordid tales of how Nanjing FIAT Palio ended up in the hands of another Chinese company.
Last edited by bzcat; 02-23-2012 at 03:41 PM.
Toyota wasn't the first, nor the last Japanese company to start making cars with an "inspired" design.
The larger Chinese that were copying already stopped. The ones that haven't eventually will.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.