A few weeks ago, our sister publication Motrolix ran a story on a Chinese manufacturer which tried its darndest to create a likeness of a Ford Raptor. Now it’s time for a copy of a General Motors pickup, courtesy of JAC Motors.
According to JAC Motors’ website, their truck has the “appearance design originates from European-American popularity” with “luxury and great appearance of a commercial vehicle, with powerful and vigorous outline.” With its fashionable, modern design, “the wide front and spacious body fully meet customers’ preferences.” Hey, at least they put the apostrophe in the right place.
But we have to hand it to JAC Motors because they don’t really disguise the fact that their truck is a quasi-knock-off of a Chevy Colorado: “JAC Vigor pickup has upgraded its technology based on Chevrolet’s spacious vehicle body equipped with high efficiency JAC self-developed 4DA1 engine as well as the 491QME of Toyota’s technology. JAC Vigor pickup is one real classic model of practical function, fashionable appearance and comfortable cabin.”
According to FoxNews.com, one automaker even filed a patent for a carbon copy of the Range Rover Evoque. Says IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley, “It doesn’t hurt the brands outside of China and isn’t even much of an issue there. Chinese consumers prefer the international brands and only buy domestic if they can’t afford them. They know the difference.”