Revealed in Beijing, the Zotye SR9 takes advantage of relaxed Chinese laws to copy the look of Porsche's Macan
11 October 2016

Chinese car maker Zotye Auto has unveiled the production version of its controversial SR9, revealing a five-door SUV that closely resembles the Porsche Macan.

On sale in China at a price around £12,300, the Zotye SR9 will initially be sold with just one engine – a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit sourced from Mitsubishi developing 187bhp and 184lb ft of torque.  It drives through a standard five speed manual or optional six-speed dual clutch gearbox.

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A smaller turbocharger 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 148bhp and 104lb ft is planned to be added to the SR9 line-up in 2017.

Despite threatening legal action when the new Zotye was shown as a concept back in 2014, Porsche is yet to officially sue for copyright infringement, according to officials at its German headquarters in Stuttgart.

Autocar’s exclusive comparison pictures reveal the extent of Zotye’s plagiarism. As well as copying the overall proportions and silhouette of the Porsche Macan, the SR9 also features similar shut lines and exterior detailing.

The interior of the SR9 also bears close similarities to that of the Macan.

At 4744mm in length, 1929mm in width and 1647mm in height, the Zotye SR9 is 63mm longer 6mm wider and 23mm higher than the Porsche Macan. It also rides on a 43mm longer wheel base than the car from which it is clearly inspired at 2850mm.

Zotye is well known for its plagiarism of successful car designs. The Yongkang-based car maker current sells the SR7, which is heavily reminiscent of the Audi Q3 and the T600, which is styled to resemble the Audi Q5. Other copycat models within its range include the Damai X5, a close take on the Volkswagen Tiguan, and the recently unveiled Damai X7, a clone of the Volkswagen Crossblue Coupe concept.

Zotye Auto was founded in 2005.  Its first model was the RX6400, a compact SUV bearing a close resemblance to the Daihatsu Terios R.

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11 October 2016
outside China. Daimler had to back off when a Greek court ruled that the by Chinese plagiarized Smart ForTwo can be sold in Greece, since that one carried the engine in the front.

11 October 2016
Macan itself is a clone of Audi Q5. Nobody can beat Volkswagen in making clones and copies of clones down the line.

11 October 2016
"Clone" means an identical copy, this is NOT a clone - the design has been altered in places including being longer, so its not identical, theyve probably made the alterations so Porsche will loose its legal action. Still no excuse for copying, but its not a clone.

11 October 2016
typos1 wrote:

"Clone" means an identical copy, this is NOT a clone - the design has been altered in places including being longer, so its not identical, theyve probably made the alterations so Porsche will loose its legal action. Still no excuse for copying, but its not a clone.

IT'S A PEDANT'S REVOLT! What a tool you are!


12 October 2016
typos1 wrote:

"Clone" means an identical copy, this is NOT a clone - the design has been altered in places including being longer, so its not identical, theyve probably made the alterations so Porsche will loose its legal action. Still no excuse for copying, but its not a clone.

Yet, it is a clean clone.
Frankly, I don't understand the Chinese companies who admit they lack creativity. They also limit possibilies of export, but maybe they copy just for their own huge market.

11 October 2016
That it isn't a perfect clone makes it all the more pathetic.

11 October 2016
It is all rather sad, and longer term the biggest potential losers will be Chinese industry itself. Short term these companies may gain sales, but if they want to seriously compete with western manufacturers they need to be developing an authentic Chinese style, in the same way you can look at many car designs and say that style is American, German, Italian, British etc. It isn't just in cars that I want to see a real take on the future style by the Chinese. Where are those smartphones, laptops, cameras, furniture, hi-fi, white goods etc etc? If I was a Chinese designer I would want the Chinese government to take action to promote home grown creativity and design. Standing back and allowing plagiarism is not going to help their cause at all.

11 October 2016
The Chinese car industry plagiarisers are rather like our Tory government's policies. They only consider the short-term advantage, with no thought for the long-term future.

Citroëniste.

11 October 2016
Your next car is probably Corbyn GT, a GT car going off-road.

11 October 2016
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

The Chinese car industry plagiarisers are rather like our Tory government's policies. They only consider the short-term advantage, with no thought for the long-term future.

Your next car is probably Corbyn GT, a GT car going off-road.

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