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    • The problem for BMW and other automakers in China - blatant ripoffs of their designs

      Everyone keeps talking about the importance of the Chinese market. BMW is taking China very seriously offering multiple special editions for China and realizing the potential of the market. What is the problem? The Chinese allow their own automakers to steal designs and sell them as cheaper knock-offs. China does not have the same trademark or copyright enforcement as the rest of the world and it is clear something is going to have to change. Check out these "Chinese" versions of BMW designs.

      Shaunghuan CEO SUV does its best X5 impression:


      Brilliance A3 doing its X1 impression:


      And the real thing:


      Rear:


      Real X1 rear:

      This article was originally published in forum thread: The problem for BMW and other automakers in China - blatant ripoffs of their designs started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 8 Comments
      1. DarkPhantom's Avatar
        DarkPhantom -
        This deserves a big Click here to enlarge
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
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      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        i think the Japan earthquake should have happened in China , I really don't want Chinese people to be killed , no but i want their industry to be killed because their industry paralyzed almost every other industries !
      1. e92's Avatar
        e92 -
        Hyundai rips off a lot of a lot of designs too
      1. Gasterus's Avatar
        Gasterus -
        I don't think its going to affect bmw's sales. It looks too terrible to direct compete with bmw Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Gasterus Click here to enlarge
        I don't think its going to affect bmw's sales. It looks too terrible to direct compete with bmw Click here to enlarge
        I don't think it will affect their bottom line but it certainly creates issues when China will allow its automakers to just copy other automakers blatantly. It shows they need to catch up to world business standards.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Its not about sales, its about principal. The chinese are just robots, they have no creativity and no motive to be creative either; just to profit and become a superpower. If this is the way to do it, so be it; they say. America lives off of free trade and creativity, china lives off of mass labor and cheap products.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        Its not about sales, its about principal. The chinese are just robots, they have no creativity and no motive to be creative either; just to profit and become a superpower. If this is the way to do it, so be it; they say. America lives off of free trade and creativity, china lives off of mass labor and cheap products.
        This a billion.