Court rules the Great Wall GWPeri is direct copy of the Fiat Panda
23 July 2008

Fiat has won a court order against Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors, preventing it from importing its GW Peri minicar into Europe on the grounds that is too similar to the Fiat Panda.

Fiat brought the case against Great Wall after claiming that the GW Peri is an almost exact copy of the current Fiat Panda. Although the Chinese car wears a different front end, it looks nearly identical to the Fiat, both outside and inside the cabin.

The Italian court ruled in Fiat’s favour and fined Great Wall €15,000 for importing a single GW Peri. The Chinese company has also been warned that it will be fined €50,000 for every other car it brings in. Fiat is also pursuing Great Wall through the Chinese courts, attempting to stop sales there as well.

Some Chinese manufacturers have already become notorious for their liberal attitude to the copyright of existing car makers. The JMC Landwind, which is already imported into some European countries, has been liberally inspired by the old Vauxhall/ Opel Frontera.

Our Verdict

Panda’s 4 star EuroNCAP crash score falls short of some rivals

A very fine multi-use little car that offers an enticing ownership proposition

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24 July 2008

Veeery interesting. Australia / New Zealand's Fiat/Ferrari/Maserati distributors have just recently taken on board the Great wall brand as well...This may throw a spanner in the works! oops

24 July 2008

While i think that copies are not a good idea, does any one else think that the great wall car looks much better from the from than the panda? that interior is pretty much identical

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31 July 2008

Front actually looks like a cross between the Nissan Note and the old Mitsubishi Outlander.

As for the JMC Landwind being "liberally inspired by the old Vauxhall/ Opel Frontera": well, if you're stupid enough to copy that, you deserve to be pitied rather than fined!

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