China has a bad rap in the world of car design. The Chinese copycat car has become a topic in itself whenever a motor show happens in the country, or a domestic manufacturer announces a new release. Google ‘Chinese car design’ and the majority of first-page results are ‘Chinese copycats strike again’- articles and galleries.

These copycat articles aren’t terribly original, but get a large audience around Chinese motor show time. They're entertaining and well-received by audiences, but detrimental to China’s creative reputation.

Witnessing this year’s crowning of the winners of the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) and Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Continental Connection design competition, the wealth of talent from all over the world – but particularly the Far East – should change perspectives.