China’s domestic models are built and engineered down to price, which is understandable when you realise that outside of the wealthy metropolitan areas even decent incomes can be as low as $5-8000 per year.
Models such as FAW’s V2 are designed to look like a typical European supermini (in this case, having shades of the Citroen C3), but are very cheaply constructed.
Despite this lack of integrity, the Chinese don’t try and style the cars to fit the materials and manufacturing techniques available. They prefer to ape Western machinery. The Lifan 320CVT and unnamed Lifan supermini concepts at Beijing are particularly shameless.
China Brilliance’s Zhonghau V5 Crossover seems to be a clear nod to the fact BMW had a manufacturing alliance with the company for many years.
Brilliance Zhonghau V5 crossover
China Brilliance also showed this BMW-themed 3-series-sized concept which was claimed to have an all-wheel-drive transmission, powered by a 1.5-litre engine through an autobox.
China Brilliance concept
ZXauto’s Urban Ark may have clear shades of the Kia Soul but it stood out in the pack of the dreary and derivative home-grown models.
ZXauto Urban Ark
Then again, what what could be more authentically Communist than the massive H7 mega-limo, built by a company that was only willing to be identified by its Chinese characters? Not much smaller than a Phantom, it was unashamedly 1950s in its front-end styling, it even has three red flags on the wing.