Chinese car manufacturer Zotye will reveal the SR8 SUV, a Porsche Macan clone, at the Beijing motor show
13 April 2016

A Porsche Macan copycat, called the Zotye SR8, will be making its first public appearance at the Beijing motor show later this month.

New images from Car News China reveal that the Zotye SR8 is almost identical in design to the Macan. The cabin also bears a striking resemblance to that of the Macan, with the steering wheel, centre console and dashboard clock all seemingly copied from its German equivalent.

Small details distinguish the SR8, such as its square exhausts, which are more rounded on the Macan, and there are also minor differences in the headlight and wheel designs.

The SR8 is powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0-litre turbo engine and is expected to go on sale for around £17,000. That’s a massive £26,553 cheaper than an entry-level Macan, although it’s highly unlikely the SR8 will be sold in Europe due to likely legal disputes.

Zotye’s SR8 is the latest example of the Chinese car industry designing clones of popular western cars. In 2014, LandWind revealed its X7 SUV at the Guangzhou motor show, which is essentially a copy of the Range Rover Evoque.

Last year, Land Rover said that manufacturers are ‘powerless’ against Chinese manufacturers copying its designs as there is no law against the practice.

Tesla has also had its cars copied by a Chinese car company. Images of a Model S clone surfaced last year, when Chinese start-up automaker Youxia unveiled its Ranger X, which is also powered by an electric motor.

At last year’s Global Automotive Forum, Chinese car designers hit back at claims that they were copying other manufacturers' designs. Chen Zeng, the design boss of Changan, said: "The truth is that car designs are becoming more and more homogenous. The situation is chaotic.”

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13 April 2016
Well, I'm appalled by this blatant plagiarism, however... should the Chinese build a copycat Espada with a modern 2 litre turbo petrol engine and sell it for less than 20k I could be interested. Must have small wheels and tall tyres.

 

13 April 2016
There is, of course, nothing wrong with copying - unless someone has rights to stop you. China has pretty good intellectual property rights these days, so the car makers can invest in protection to reduce the copying problem if they wish. In the case of JLR, I understand that they neglected to file registered design applications in China, and were left with no rights to enforce. I have no idea whether Porsche have filed design applications there for the Macan.

Enforcing IP in China is not easy, but it isn't easy in the US either.

We need to look at copying as a force for good, not something of moral turpitude. The world as we know it is built on a platform of taking what others have done, and making it a bit better. We just have to ensure that we permit innovators a limited monopoly in their developments so that they can get a return on their R&D investment, and that is what IP rights are there to do, imperfect as they are.

13 April 2016
...would you really be so sanguine?

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14 April 2016
Scoobman wrote:

There is, of course, nothing wrong with copying - unless someone has rights to stop you. China has pretty good intellectual property rights these days, so the car makers can invest in protection to reduce the copying problem if they wish. In the case of JLR, I understand that they neglected to file registered design applications in China, and were left with no rights to enforce. I have no idea whether Porsche have filed design applications there for the Macan.

Enforcing IP in China is not easy, but it isn't easy in the US either.

We need to look at copying as a force for good, not something of moral turpitude. The world as we know it is built on a platform of taking what others have done, and making it a bit better. We just have to ensure that we permit innovators a limited monopoly in their developments so that they can get a return on their R&D investment, and that is what IP rights are there to do, imperfect as they are.

So theres a ZotEye spokesperson among us!! chinese carmakers are very good at working round IP rights. An inch here, a curve there and voila!!

Its a car industry thats stuck and limited to a domestic market. They keep doing this and they would never be competitive globally.

13 April 2016
...get loads of people wearing tee shirts emblazoned with photos of the Porsche Macan and some words like "This is the real thing" and have them mob the Zotye stand on press day...

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13 April 2016
The Chinese should be shamed and challenged for their obvious industrial espionage on a grand scale! Cars, Shops, brands, and even villages are being built with blue prints pilfered from the west, most blatant are the military carbon copy of America's best- shameful!

14 April 2016
...South China Sea island building, military and civil aircraft copying, freedom of speech suppressing, western industry cyber warfare attacking, North Korea assisting - friends in China. Come on in and build us a nuclear power station why don't you! We must be nuts.

14 April 2016
Agree with the sentiment Cobnapint its simple madness to put into the hands of a foreign power the contract to built the next generation of nuclear power stations. It undermines our home grown energy and engineering capabilities while at the same time giving away jobs that could be British jobs. Secondly from an energy security point of view, why is it even being considered in the light of the cyber security threats. If the Americans can hack into an Iranian nuclear plant to override safety systems then how difficult would it be for the Chinese government to do the same to one they built ?
No doubt it will emerge in years to come that this oversight was a mistake like our intervention in the Middle East. Or at least this is what we are meant to believe!

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

14 April 2016
Many of the great master artists learnt from copying other great masters and in their defence the Chinese copy a lot less then they used to, not that I agree with it. And dont forget the Japanese copied a lot when their car industry was younger.

14 April 2016
Just looked at the "Tesla copy" mentioned above - in no way would ANY sane person call this a copy, the front has very very slight over tones of Model S, the instrument binnacle is a bit Model S like and so are the graphics on the central touchscreeen. It DEFFO aint a copy, seriously anyone who thinks its a copy of anything is nuts. It actually looks better than a Model S I think.

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