China’s car companies have no shame copying foreign designs

f you’re a foreigner just landed in China for your first time, you should prepare for an uncanny experience on the roads: the cars will look so familiar… yet something will feel slightly off. There are, of course, lots of cars produced by the companies common in other parts of the world, like Volkswagen, Nissan, or Toyota. But there are also many Chinese-made cars that are, essentially copies of foreign models.

Some copies may only have, say, the front grille or tail-lights of a foreign car. But quite a few are almost identical knock-offs. Use the slider tool below to get a sense of just how good these imitations can be:

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