MINI Cloned In China… Again!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Nobody told the Germans, who seem to be growing weary of China’s ceaseless automotive design flattery. “The Copy-Shop is open again” grumbles AutoBild, of the Emgrand EC6-RV, which marks the second obvious Chinese MINI clone here’s the first) in the last several years. At least Emgrand’s parent company Geely isn’t ripping off its joint venture partner… but then, didn’t Geely buy Volvo so it wouldn’t have to rip off Western brands? Old habits must die hard…

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  • Diseasel Diseasel on Apr 14, 2011

    OOH! Question for all you TTAC readers-- if you had to drive one lovely Chinese imitation vehicle, which would it be? Although I'm not a Hummer type of dude, I'd have to go with the Dongfeng EQ2050-- a delightfully shameless Chinese Humvee.

  • FuzzyPlushroom FuzzyPlushroom on Apr 14, 2011

    It certainly has more Soul than the Mini does. *rimshot*

  • Zackman Zackman on Apr 14, 2011

    I'll go with the Nissan Cube, thank you.

  • Nicodemus Nicodemus on Apr 14, 2011

    The irony is that the MINI itself is a shameless pastiche of late 1950's Morris styling

    • Beken Beken on Apr 14, 2011

      Well, not quite. BMW actually bought the brand and designed the MINI to fit all the modern safety gadgets and fit modern (read much bigger) wheels. Hence the bloated size. The Chinese did not buy the brand nor licensed any of the design from anybody. Still, I think the back end looks more Aveo than MINI.