The LandWind X7, a much-criticised clone of the Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in its final production form and will go on sale in China next month.
The new model has been the subject of an intense legal dispute between Jaguar Land Rover and LandWind, with JLR claiming the X7 looks too similar to the Range Rover Evoque, which is already on sale in China.
However, JLR's complaints were dismissed by Chinese authorities earlier this year, leading JLR boss Ralf Speth to claim that car manufacturers were 'powerless' to stop Chinese companies ripping off their designs.
“China, from my point of view has enough creativity and engineering power to do something on their own and doesn’t have to fall back to the time when copying was of interest,” Speth said, according to Autocar India. However, Speth said there is nothing that manufacturers can do if they have their designs copied by Chinese car companies.
“We can’t do anything. I hope the Chinese customer at the end of the day sees the difference and selects the real product and not a copied one. We hope they generate a self-regulation process so that they can get rid of this kind of copy-paste way of working”, Speth added, pointing out that there is currently no law against the practice.
The row between LandWind and Land Rover broke out last November, when the covers came off the LandWind at the Guangzhou motor show. At the time of the LandWind X7's reveal, Speth confirmed to Autocar that he would complain to Chinese officials regarding what he considered to be Intellectual Property theft regarding the lookalike LandWind X7.