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Is That Really a Humvee?! Copycat Vehicles in China

Fake toys, clothes, electronics, luxury goods, food and beverages, medicines, and even services, i.e., bogus Hyatt, Peninsula, and Marriott hotels, can be found in China. Even fake graves. When it comes to fakery, modern China has the unenviable reputation for being unashamed experts.

You can add vehicles to that list I began with.  See the short video above for a few examples of blatant auto rip offs and you’ll see what I mean.

China has been the number one manufacturer of automobiles for quite some time.

According to Auto Express, in 2013, there were 18.7 million cars produced in China alone.

While most cars that are made are produced through joint ventures between local and foreign companies, there are a number of domestic companies churning out copies of other brand’s designs and calling them their own.

See the video below taken at an auto mobile show in Shanghai this year and you’ll get a better idea of how much copycatting goes on.

But many awesome things have been invented in China. It’s just we have to go back in history. Paper-making, gun powder and explosives, the compass, and the printing press are some of the best known ones.

Then there is Chinese food and they have many firsts there as well: i.e., tea, tofu, and even the first restaurant menu. Add to the list of firsts for China are kites and lanterns, porcelain and even nail polish.

It just appears in the age of modernity and its communist rulers, innovation and honesty are not encouraged.

See a few more examples of blatant automobile copying below:

A BYD coupé (top) and a Mercedes-Benz CLK (below). (Image: Wikipedia)
A BYD coupé (top) and a Mercedes-Benz CLK (below). (Image: Wikipedia)

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(Image: Wikipedia)

The Chery QQ (top) and Daewoo Matiz (below). (Image: Wikipedia)
The Chery QQ (top) and Daewoo Matiz (below). (Image: Wikipedia)

The Chery QQ (top) and Daewoo Matiz (below). (Image: Wikipedia)
Daewoo Matiz. (Image: Wikipedia)

The Shuanghuan Noble (above) and Smart ForTwo (below). (Image: Wikipedia)
The Shuanghuan Noble (above) and Smart ForTwo (below). (Image: Wikipedia)

 The Smart ForTwo. (Image: Wikipedia)

The Smart ForTwo. (Image: Wikipedia)

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James Burke
What keeps the world ticking? James is always looking for the answer and the latest news from around the globe. When he's not behind his computer, he's basking in the Thailand sun, or dreaming of the southern hemisphere, where he grew up in rural Australia.

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