Pictures of some of Beijing's alternative show stars
23 April 2010

For all the luxury German saloons shown revealed at the Beijing motor show, it is always the madcap creations of the domestic Chinese manufacturers that really catch the eye.

First seen at the Shanghai motor show last year, the real head-turner at the show is Geely's 'Rolls-Royce' clone, known as the CA7600L. At almost six metres long, the car is bigger than a Rolls-Royce Phantom and has been facelifted for 2010; new features include a 1950s-style front grille and headlamps.

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One of the other striking Western clones from the Chinese firms is CH Auto's 'Ferrari 599'; other interesting cars from the show include BYD's Lexus RX-style S6 and its Mercedes SL-style S8.

Geely's other show star is the Englon TXN concept; this is its interpretation of the iconic London black cab. Huatai has also shown off two new saloons known as B21 and B11, while one domestic firm showed off a modern-day Reliant Robin.

It's not just Western clones on the stands, however. There are plenty of original concepts, including the British-designed MG Zero concept and the Roewe E1 electric car. These two were displayed alongside the Roewe 350. IAT has also shown off its Ford Puma-inspired Wifeng II, complete with gullwing doors.

Keep checking back to throughout the day for more news on new cars revealed for the Chinese domestic market.

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23 April 2010

yes the chinese are coming. and they are investing in asia and africa. with such great companies like the china truck company and the china railway corporation, who can stop them.


23 April 2010

The only ones I like are the IAT Coupe,the Roewe E1 and the Chana Green-i. At least they show some originality. All the others are just blatant rip offs, especially the Nissan 350Z clone!

23 April 2010

Why would anyone want to produce a latter-day Reliant Robin?!!!

25 April 2010

Anybody able to throw any light on how the Chinese manufacturers seem to be exempt from global copyright issues? The 'inspired by' line they appear to be treading does seem remarkably thin. Are the manufacturers whose designs they are apeing too scared to enforce their rights in case the Chinese government freezes them out of the local market?

25 April 2010

[quote tonym911]Anybody able to throw any light on how the Chinese manufacturers seem to be exempt from global copyright issues? [/quote] Agree totally Tony. If this were any other market segment, in any other location, there's be injunctions flying, father than you can say "ash cloud"...

25 April 2010

It appears to be some sort of "Who can make the ugliest car?" competition.

Does anyone know who won?

26 April 2010

"......Geely's other show star is the Englon TXN concept; this is its interpretation of the iconic London black cab...." According to The Telegraph Business, 23 April, this is actually going to happen. Geely are hoping to take conttol of Manganese Bronze and the TXN will be on London's streets in 2 years time. Just in time for the Olympics! Heaven help us!

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