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Posted 9/8/08 , edited 10/9/08
What do you think of the Chinese copycat car?




A Chinese car maker's imitation city car isn't so smart, writes RICHARD BLACKBURN.


City SpiritSmart ForTwo

Shandong Huoyun Electromobile started production of the City Spirit two-seater electric car in August.

According to the Autoweek website, production was stopped after DaimlerChrysler complained the car looked too much like the Smart (pictured).

Autoweek says Shandong Huoyun used a toy model Smart car purchased via the Internet to help with the design.

The website says the company has stopped production to work on revisions to the car, including shortening it by 20cm and changing the doors, rear-end and cargo capacity.

At the moment, both cars are identical in length and share the tiniest of details, such as the shape of the grille and the rear window design.

The biggest difference between the real Smart and the copy is the means of propulsion. Rather than a three-cylinder petrol or diesel engine, such as Smart's ForTwo, the Chinese example used an electric motor capable of pushing the pint-sized city-car along at a top speed of 55kmh. The battery range is about 100km.

Further differences can be found inside. The Chinese car has a rather low-rent interior compared with Smart's neat French-built original.

And then there's the price. With a projected European price of just €4200 ($7100) the Chinese car would have cost less than half of next year's all-new second-generation Smart ForTwo.

The first examples of the electric City Spirit have already reached Britain and Hungary, where it was planned to go on sale early next year, following its recent introduction in China.

Established in 2001, Shandong Huoyun has 150 employees, including 31 mid- and high-level engineers. It makes a range of golf cars, electric mini-cars and all-terrain vehicles.






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Posted 9/8/08
damn those copy cats
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Posted 9/8/08
Old news, the Chinese will counterfeit anything they can get away with. Showing them side by side makes for some good lols moments.
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Posted 9/9/08
lol id buy a 30grand replica of a ferarri
Posted 9/9/08
I dont see anything wrong with that. The Japanese are also doing the same thing as with koreans. "copying" anything good is always a good thing..
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krnsoldierofGod wrote:

lol id buy a 30grand replica of a ferarri


To be laughed at.
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Posted 9/9/08
them silly chinese. I figured theyd figure somethin out since they make pretty much everything nowadays
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revolutionofone wrote:


krnsoldierofGod wrote:

lol id buy a 30grand replica of a ferarri


To be laughed at.


If you know what your doing those kit cars can be perfect replicas. I use to build them back in the day so I'd know.

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killar wrote:


revolutionofone wrote:


krnsoldierofGod wrote:

lol id buy a 30grand replica of a ferarri


To be laughed at.


If you know what your doing those kit cars can be perfect replicas. I use to build them back in the day so I'd know.



Rockin' a replica is like rocking replica wheels. It looks good but they're not the original.
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Posted 9/9/08

killar wrote:


revolutionofone wrote:


krnsoldierofGod wrote:

lol id buy a 30grand replica of a ferarri


To be laughed at.


If you know what your doing those kit cars can be perfect replicas. I use to build them back in the day so I'd know.



How long does it take to make it and do you need to know lots of info on cars or is there a detailed instruction manual?
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Posted 9/10/08
If u gonna copy a look of a car make sure u do a good job out of it ... the originals look far better !
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Posted 9/10/08
Well I don't blame the Chinese. It seems they're trying to feel their way into the auto industry, although making copycat cars isn't the way to go. Pretty much everyone (maybe except the Germans) started that way.

You know what they say about imitation, its the highest form of flattery lol.
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krnsoldierofGod wrote:



How long does it take to make it and do you need to know lots of info on cars or is there a detailed instruction manual?


How long it takes depends on the kit. A Simple Cobra or VW kit can be done in about a week. The more advanced ones (Lambo's etc.) can take months. It really all depends on how good your fabrication, fiberglass, skills are. And how well the kit was made. Also the condition of the donor car.

Most kit's come with NO instructions. But some will come with a crappy video on how to put it together. Honestly, you don't need it most of the time because NOTHING will fit right out of the box. You will think you got parts for the wrong car lol. That's where your fabrication and fiberglass skills save you.

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Posted 9/10/08
If you dont have the skills to extend a car several inches or any autobody repair skills than you shouldnt even bother thinking about doing one.
Posted 9/10/08
wow interesting, I learn something about the china today ^^
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