The Truth About Cars » fake The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » fake Vellum Venom Vignette: Less is More…Enlightening? Sat, 09 Mar 2013 11:11:27 +0000 Mark writes:


We can’t let Jeep get away with what they have done to the (redesigned Jeep) Grand Cherokee’s face. This square-peg-in-a-round-hole approach just looks half-baked, lazy, and cheap. Even the choice of filler material used to fill the void is wrong in material, color and pattern.

In short, Jeep’s design team needs to be raked across the coals for destroying what was Chrysler’s best-looking vehicle on the market, and I think you are the man to do the raking.

Sajeev answers:

I’m honored you think I’m worthy of Raking the Design Muck, especially since your concise assessment is spot on: every element presented here is a big car design FAIL.

It leaves very little for me to prove. So let’s dig deeper. Change for the sake of change to a well-received design (i.e. not the Pontiac Aztek) isn’t normally a good thing: be it as eye-gouging as the Ferrari Testarossa turning into the hideous 512M or as minor as a Headlight Fail on the redesigned Grand Cherokee, this change uses R&D money to make something different at the expense of good taste.  Which is sad.

And inexcusable…but far from uncommon.  For example, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma work truck.

Is anyone fooled into thinking those are real fog lights?  Just make a blank panel for the fleet model instead…please! The previous model was far less offensive, even the goofy grilles of the fleet-spec Ford Ranger are better. While the Ranger is an outdated design, time has been the little Ford’s friend. Remember that “change for the sake of change” thing? It leads to the conclusion.

 And now for the key takeaway:  be it in the world of Automotive Accounting, Engineering or Industrial Design, the concept of “Less is More” is true.  Don’t waste money making parts that fight with a design (Grand Cherokee) or make it look cheaper than necessary (Tacoma). So design it right from the start.  Easier said than done, as I’ve heard (horror?) stories of designers working with engineers to get the proper end result.

So do the right thing because people are watching. Off to you, Best and Brightest.

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Fake In China: Amarok, What Are You? Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:03:24 +0000 “An almost 100% perfect copy of the Volkswagen Amarok, which is actually and only made in Argentina” has been spotted in China by Carnewschina. The Hengtian T3 will slot above the Hengtian T1. That one drew its design cues from Chevy trucks, now it’s Volkswagen’s turn to inspire.

According to Carnewschina, The T3 will cost around 70.000 yuan or 11.000 USD. The Amarok is currently not available in China, but that might change. It costs around 35.000 dollar in the US.

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Fake In China: The Suzuki Alto Gets An Identical Twin Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:13:29 +0000

The Chinese auto press now routinely whacks the innovation by replication that  is still prevalent in the Chinese car industry. An egregious case: Zoyte copied the Suzuki Alto nearly 1:1 for the Zoyte Z100, which is expected to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April. Nevertheless, an unrepentant Zoyte was caught by Carnewschina testing the new Z100 side-by-side with the Alto (top. The cars are not being tested on ice. It is an attempt to obscure the location where the pictures were taken.)

This is an earlier spy shot of the Z100.  The car is expected to cost  between 30.000 and 35.000 yuan ($4,750 and $5,550.)

This is the Suzuki Alto as made in China by Chang’an-Suzuki. It starts at 45.000 yuan ($7,130.)


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Fake In China: More On The Faux F150, And Its Chevy Precursor Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:06:05 +0000

Tycho, my Dutch friend in Beijing, scored the big one with his fake F150 story. After we wrote about it, everybody from  Motor Trend to wrote about it as well, taking the server on a shakedown tour. Tycho does what a good journo needs to do: Feed the beast. He found even better pictures of the pseudo Ford. And he found imagery of its older brother. Which is a Chevy copypaste.

JAC’s Ford-clone JAC 4R3 pickup truck is not available yet, and will be shown at the Beijing auto show end of April. JAC is headquartered in the village of Jingxin in Hebei Province. Villagers there are fiercely loyal to their largest employer, and when uncamouflaged preproduction models of the JAC 4R3 showed up — pictures of the truck appeared minutes later on the Internet.

Tycho has a whole collection, courtesy of the fiercely loyal villagers

On further digging, Tycho unearthed that the truck’s older brother also looks like a Detroit lovechild. According to a new report in Carnewschina, “the JAC 43R is based on another existing JAC pickup truck, the JAC Ruiling. The Ruiling, meaning ‘Lucky Bell’, is a copy of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, with a Ford-style oval on the grille.”

Some commenters think it looks more like a 2005 Chevy Colorado. Opinions?

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Fake In China: An F150 By Another Name Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:58:51 +0000 Remember when Ford dragged Ferrari into the U.S. district court in Detroit, after Ferrari had the nerve to call their new Formula One racer the “F150”? Ford feared massive dilution of their F-150 truck mark and sued. Ferrari relented. Let’s see what Ford will do about this overdose of trademark and design patent infringement:

This is the new JAC 43R pickup truck. It looks “more than a little bit like the good old American Ford F150,” Carnewschina says.  Even the logo is a blue oval. The headlights look like a 3rd shift job from a producer of OEM Ford headlights. The semblance is so canny (or uncanny?) that even the Chinese interwebs are abuzz about the intellectual property infringement. You can rest assured that they have seen it all. The F150 lookalike is not even out yet, it exists only in spy photo form, and already causes a dust-up . The 43R will likely debut at the Beijing Auto Show in April, Carnewschina reckons. Ford will be there.

The F150 is not officially on sale in China, but there will be colossal likelihood of egregious confusion once the Chinese truck gets to Africa and South America. JAC and other makers of Chinese cheap pickups do brisk business there, filling the voids left by the now expensive offerings of GM, Chrysler and, yes, Ford.


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Chinese Police Nabs Fake Lamborghini Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:31:40 +0000

A month ago, our friends at Carnewschina spotted an odd creation in Kumming, a Chinese city that is famous for other products than cars. The owner of a hair salon (we don’t know what kind of a hair salon, some hair salons in China are famous for other services than hair cutting) was infatuated with the new Lamborghini Aventador. What he didn’t like was the $968,426 sticker price (MSRP, landed in China, taxes included, and yes, you did read right.) So the hairdresser called on the local roadside sheet metal fabricator, showed him a picture and said: “Can you make that?”

“Mei wen ti” (no problem) was the answer. The barber of Kumming handed over a 1995 Nissan Bluebird with a 200hp 2 liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine from the Nissan Cefiro, along with 90,000 yuan ($14,000). The fabricator fired-up his welder. 12 days later, the barber had the above.

The switchblade doors alone would be worth $14,000 …

Today, Carnewschina checked in again on the barber of Kumming.  The don’t waste any time in China: The car is painted, it has glass, and it looks downright stealthy.

The interior needs a little work. The sheet metal shop said this wasn’t their department.

The proud owner took the beer budget Aventador on a cruise to downtown Kumming. But what’s that in the back? It’s the fuzz!

A few minutes later, the car was confiscated. Kumming’s finest had several issues with the car. For one, there was no license plate. The excuse that there is no place to put one didn’t cut it. 500 yuan ($77) fine. The much bigger dilemma: The car doesn’t look like a Nissan Bluebird. When a car is registered in China, a picture is taken of the car. If the car doesn’t resemble the picture, you have a problem.  An insidious punishment was handed down:The barber was ordered to restore the car to its original documented shape. According to local press, the car sits in the Kumming impound, “pending further investigation.”

I bet if you make an offer, you can pick it up for cheap. Contact Carnewschina for the address of the barber shop.




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