The technical part of “clones” is not far behind from the original, but the appearance betrays the trick.
Toyota Land Cruiser 100. Photo: Wikipedia
Today, the Chinese auto industry is associated with the brands of Haval and Geely, which have ceased to copy the design of world models and pulled the bar. 20 years ago things were different, but some brands are still “stamped” forgery.
A vivid example is the founded in 2011 the brand Hengtain, which produces a model If Yueli — SUV is a replica of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Moreover, the model receives a restyled options and different configuration.
Hengtai Yueli. Photo: Cartoq
Hengtai Yueli seen in 2016, is a copy of legacy at the time, Toyota Land Cruiser 100. About the “clone” is little known, but the brand still sells it in China.
Under the hood “Chinese” is situated 4.6-liter V8 engine that is able to give a solid 286 “horses”. The most powerful motor of the original “Weave” developed only 234 HP to accelerate a massive copy of Toyota Land Cruiser 100 can up to 196 km / h as the original.
But Chinese imitators did not stop and decided to repeat the success of Toyota Land Cruiser 200. In 2019, dealers of China Hengtian appeared L4600 — copy “Kruzak” costs 199 800 yuan, equivalent to about 1 800 000 rubles.
Toyota Land Cruiser 200. Photo: Toyota
With a budget copy of Toyota Land Cruiser 200 decided not to stand on ceremony — in the engine compartment went the same 4.6-liter engine.
It’s funny that “Chinese” repeats Toyota Land Cruiser 200 not only in terms of design — they copied the design of the side members, cross members, location of units and other technical stuff. Took care of the plagiarists and trim — almost “Kruzak” offered with five seats and a family 7-seater version.
If L4600 and Hengtai Yueli look like the typical fake goods from AliExpress, similar to the original. But on closer examination, such “Kruzak” give themselves some form of headlights, radiator grilles and the rear.
If L4600. Photos: Autohome
Why is idle Toyota and Hengtai still produces copies with impunity “Kruzak”? The case in Chinese law. Of course, the Japanese can sue the plagiarist, but the maximum that can achieve — model Hengtai can’t sell in Japan, North America and Europe. And there are “clones” of the Land Cruiser already not sold.
The role of “celestial” mentality. Chinese generally do not consider it shameful to produce a copy that would be no worse and cheaper than the original, and therefore even the local courts are “sympathetic” to the plagiarists.