By on February 22, 2012

Everybody in the business knows that the BYD S6 SUV is a blatant copy of the last generation Lexus RX350 SUV. The rip-off is so blatant that BYD even registered a European patent for their carbon copy. If you don’t look close enough, pretty much the only parts that differ are the grille and some BYD badges. Mei wen ti! No problem!

For only 600 yuan or $95, you can buy this BYD to Lexus conversion kit in China. It consists of a Lexus grille and a set of badges that replace the telltale BYD signage.

Even the engine cover will be properly converted. According to Carnewschina, BYD dealers usually sell Lexus-badges and Lexus-grille straight with the S6, they even put it on for you.

A BYD S6 goes for between $14,000 and $20,000. A new, imported RX350 costs between $79,000 and $136,000 in China.

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16 Comments on “Fake In China: BYD To Lexus Conversion Kit, Yours For Only $95...”


  • avatar
    sching

    Wow, as they say on Engadget, Keepin’ It Real, Fake…

    Wo hen xihuan!

  • avatar
    dima

    What did you expected from China? Soon they will be manufacturing fake future for us, if not already.

  • avatar
    KalapanaBlack

    I might be absolutely insane, but I like the rear of the S6 better than the real RX. And I like the overall design better than the new RX (Lexus really went overboard with the ugly on that thing for 2011…). Sure, the rear is just a copy of another car – namely the Seat Leon, but it’s attractive…

  • avatar
    doctor olds

    No surprise. Chery knocked off a Chevrolet model and actually had the audacity to present the Chevy, not their own knock off, to the Chinese government for crash testing!

  • avatar
    ekaftan

    Am I crazy to want one? How bad could it be to be 1/6 of the price?

  • avatar
    Jellodyne

    Must be part of their Chinese New Year to Remember sales event.

  • avatar
    Lokki

    There is a famous case where a Chinese company was copying a Honda motorcycle -even calling it a Handa or some such and were taken to a Chinese court for it. Honda disassembled the two bikes in court mixed the parts and reassembled them perfectly, nicely proving their case, and lost. And lost again on appeal.

    China simply has no respect for property rights, as a nation. Note that this isn’t individual disregard, but institutional disregard. I think that in another generation or so China may start to cure this problem. Once the economy improves to the point where the price advantage starts to slip the incentive will be less. I also believe that the growing Chinese middle class is getting tired of the disasters that such corruption permits. See the high speed train disaster where the director had all the rail cars bulldozed, crushed and buried the day after the accident. There was considerable public outcry; an encouraging sign.

    • 0 avatar
      Tosh

      What “famous case”? Only thing I can find is that Honda won a trademark infringement case against Hongda….?

      Those railroad cars weren’t actually >crushed< (and were then also dug up again). Anyway, seems you're adding your own details to make a case — and so framing an already guilty party?

      • 0 avatar
        Lokki

        Tosh -

        I don’t know whether to call you stupid, lazy or ignorant.

        Any of the three will do I suppose; ask your mother to tell you what those words mean.

        http://shanghaiist.com/2011/07/26/satoru-sone-shinkansen.php

        Earlier today, Shanghai’s Oriental Morning Post also published the following two pictures from Xinhua News Agency. The first picture shows an excavator destroying a train carriage, and the second one shows a container of disassembled parts which it says are being sent to the Wenzhou West station for “inspection”:

        http://shanghaiist.com/2011/07/27/quote_of_the_day_wang_yongping_on_w.php

        Quote of the Day: Wang Yongping on why Wenzhou trains were instantly buried

        http://www.chinawhisper.com/wenzhou-train-crash-chinese-netizens-question-five-whys

        Early the next day after the accident, the authorities sent for excavators and dug a giant pit, and cut the car and then rolled into pieces, finally buried it into the pit, the media questioned that if they attempted to cover up the truth.

        Honda Motorcycle China Fraud

        http://www.chinaprimer.com/china-legal-services/china-patent-litigation.html

        In 1997, Honda accused two Chinese companies, Shanghai Feiling Motorcycle Co. and Zhejiang Huari Co., of infringing its Chinese design patent for a “mini-scooter” that was granted in 1994. The two defendants filed an application for invalidation in 1998 on the grounds that a similar design patent had been granted earlier and another one had been published earlier in magazines. The Patent Re-examination Board declared the design patent invalid in 2001. Honda appealed at the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court, which upheld the decision of the Board. Honda appealed this judgment to the Beijing High People’s Court. The High Court reversed the Intermediate Court’s decision and ordered the Board to withdraw its invalidation decision (in 2004).

        In case you think that court case changed anything, here’s an advertisement that may interest you

        :100% copy of Honda new bros dirt bike 2010 EM250H

        http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/products/3515168/100_copy_of_Honda_new_bros_dirt_bike_2010_EM250H.html

        Chinese courts doing a great job, eh?

        More:

        http://www.chinaipmagazine.com/en/journal-show.asp?id=383

        The Chinese market,” in Mr. Kato’s comment, “has been experiencing dramatic changes. Infringement started in 1996, first on Honda’s trademarks, then on the design patents and utility models. In recent years, infringement sped up and the infringement skills are becoming more crafty and tricky. As a result, Honda is facing growing pressure. For example, a couple of years ago, it might take 2 or 3 years for counterfeit products to appear in the market after Honda’s original’s launch. However, since 2007, as soon as Honda launches a new product elsewhere, some Chinese companies will start counterfeiting. Some counterfeits or fakes appear in the Chinese market even before Honda starts production, which phenomenon exists in fields including trademarks, design and utility model patents. Since it takes some time from the application to the granting of IPR, for those patents still under the application process, if any infringement occurs, Honda cannot exercise their patent rights, which means they cannot protect their business. This is the new situation that Honda is facing in recent years.”

        http://www.nixonpeabody.com/linked_media/publications/Bach_IP_Protection_China_Aspatore.pdf
        Honda has amassed a great deal of experience from the 62 lawsuits filed in China……
        Another interesting trademark case is Honda Motors v. Chongqing Lifan
        Industries. Established in 1992, Lifan is one of the largest motorcycle
        manufacturers in China, and its Hongda motorcycles are almost as
        ubiquitous as bicycles in China. The Hongda brand is well known in China
        and is more recognizable by Chinese than Honda. In spite of its huge
        success selling its Hongda motorcycles in China and Vietnam, Lifan had
        decided to apply a Honda logo on the fuel tank, in addition to the Hongda
        logo embossed on the side of its motorcycles. That was more than Honda
        could tolerate, and it sued for injunction and $3 million in damages.
        Apparently, this was also more than the judge could tolerate, and while
        siding with Honda, he awarded Honda less than $200,000 in damages…However, in this case, we think the defendant did not strictly follow this principle.” Mr. Kato said, “The number of products that the defendant manufactured and the profit margin of each product were all very important statistics. However, these statistics were not made public in China and we had no means of getting hold of them. Since the defendant also did not provide the statistics, we could only calculate the compensation amount on the basis of the public information of emissions in China. This was very inaccurate. In addition, in accordance with Chinese law, there was a preservation of evidence procedure before filing the case, which we applied for, but was dismissed, by the court. In future lawsuits, we will be more cautious and thorough in our case preparations. It also has certain influence on our strategic adjustments.”

  • avatar
    icemilkcoffee

    People act as if nobody ever buys fake goods in the US of A. Who are you kidding. Go on Ebay and see how many fake Bride seats you could find- there are probably 20 fake ones listed for every real one. Same with TRD or Mazdaspeed steering wheel. These are just the obvious fakes with the name prominently displayed. Generic fakes with no names is even more common. You can buy cheap copies of AMG rims or Fuch rims for Porsches. Practically every rim sold by the popular japanese aftermarket wheel makers have been copied and sold here in the US. Not to mention body kits and spoilers. 90% of the stuff you see on the road are fake copies.

    • 0 avatar
      Dynasty

      Which is exactly why I buy zero off items off of Ebay.

    • 0 avatar
      jeffzekas

      And all those fakes are made in China… which is why, not along ago, a man who manufactures kids play sets said to me, “I don’t want to sell to the Chinese, cos they’ll buy four or five of my units, copy them, and then sell millions, without giving me a dime of compensation.”

  • avatar
    Lokki

    Ever wonder where those fakes are made,Icemilkcoffee?


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