Aug 10 2020
Top 10 Knock-Offs of Popular Novated Leases
With well over one billion citizens, China is the world’s largest market for new cars. There are plenty of well-known Chinese car manufacturers available in Australia including MG, Haval and Great Wall. What isn’t as well known is China’s quirky car culture, and the tendency for some brands to take creative license with other popular car designs.
Try and spot the difference between the real and the fake car!
Landwind X7 vs. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Imported SUVs are very desired in China. However, often after import duties and taxes are added onto the cars price, they can get very expensive. Much like other expensive goods that are knocked off, so was the Range Rover Evoque.
Range Rover Evoque
Dongfeng Jingyi S50 vs. Volkswagen Passat
As one of Volkswagens best selling cars, the Dongfeng Motor Corporation decided to pay homage to the popular vehicle… and hopefully sell a few cars in the process.
FAW Besturn X40 vs. Mazda CX-5
Aside for the like for like appearance of the two cars, Besturn manufactures its vehicles using Mazda’s older platforms.
Zotye SR9 vs. Porsche Macan
Displayed proudly at the Shanghai Motorshow in 2017, the Zoyte appears to be heavily influenced by the Porsche Macan.
Brilliance V5 vs. BMW X1
The Brilliance V5 is almost an exact knock off of the BMW X1. However, BMW isn’t too upset over this considering Brilliance China Automotive Holdings has a 50% stake in BMW Brilliance (a joint venture that manufactures and sells BMWs in China).
Lifan 330 vs. Mini Cooper
The Lifan 330 was first seen in 2008, known as the 320 then, introduced as a Mini Cooper knock-off. This vehicle was so popular that in 2013, Lifan gave it a facelift and named it the 330. The Lifan 330 is also sold in Peru and Russia, where there are not as strict copyright laws.
CH Auto Lithia vs. Audi R8
Debuting at the 2014 Beijing Car Show, the CH Auto Lithia was a near perfect carbon copy for the Audi R8 e-tron. The Lithia was promoted to be able to reach up to 150 kms on lithium-battery power alone…
CH Auto Lithia
Rayttle E28 vs. Renault Twizy
The Renault Twizy was the first of its kind to be released. Operating in a very niche market segment as an all-electric 1+1 urban vehicle specifically designed for congested city traffic. Seems like the perfect design for the heavily congested roads in China.
Geely GE vs. Rolls Royce Phantom
The Geely almost looks like the real deal, with the spirit of ecstasy perched above the iconic bonnet. There are even exciting options similar those that are offered in the Rolls, including a wine cabinet and massage seats. However, nothing will ever compare to the craftsmanship that goes into the real Rolls Royce Phantom.
Rolls Royce Phantom
BAIC B80VJ vs. Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon
As the car of choice for many celebrities, to feel like the rich and famous regular folk are forced to “fake it till you make it”. BAIC have come up with just the alternative for their customers!
Mercedes-Benz G Wagon