Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chinese BAIC BC 301Z: no shame.




This new car from BAIC is such a blatant copy of the current Mercedes B Class.
It is almost ridiculous. It's like a car from a sister planet where everything is "almost" the same. But not quite.

If China really wants to be considered a player in the car market, they need to stop insulting other car makers by copying their designs.



Here is the real thing.
Again, not 100% the same.

But really....

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vince BAIC and mercedes have been in bed along time together, trust me mercedes let this happen !!!

As of 2010 Beijing Benz, BAIC's joint venture with German automaker Daimler AG, makes the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class models for sale in China and seeks to make more of the models it sells in China locally

Anonymous said...

Yet we will continue to buy their products.

SalvatoreBellomo said...

Front and side is Benz the rear looks like the dodge journey and the shifter looks like something from vw

SalvatoreBellomo said...

Front and side is Benz the rear looks like the dodge journey and the shifter looks like something from vw

Anonymous said...

Like the difference between real food and wax food.

Anonymous said...

Okay.

I actually like the Chinese version better!

AccentPlanetDotOrg said...

Yeah Vince, the first anon was right. BAIC and Merc are in a partnership. Merc allows them to use the template for the design as a condition of their partnership.

They can't get into the Chinese market without it, and the Chinese Market is where the big bucks are.

Anonymous said...

"Yet we will continue to buy their products."

Not all of us!

Anonymous said...

They are simply following japanese and korean path into the car market. Although Chinese market is FAR more open to American/Europeam vehicles than korean/japanese market, ironically.

Anonymous said...

Consumers don't care that they copy someone elses design...Just get over it.

Anonymous said...

Both cars look like Kia's.

Anonymous said...

"Consumers don't care that they copy someone elses design...Just get over it."

Correction, people who shop at Wal Mart and hoard rooms full of inferior merchandise don't care. Given that this is the norm for most of the pear shaped unwashed masses, you're probably right. The majority of people don't care. China is well suited to accommodate these types of people.

Anonymous said...

We are buying ourselves into a second rate nation. Ironically, we won't be able to pay the Chinese back when it's all over. Hail Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

"pear shaped" that is funny

Mobis21 said...

I agree with the copy claim but it is not without the implicit blessings of the transplant auto manufacturers who are required to have Chinese auto companies as their partners.

It won't be long once the technology transfer is complete, when we will be purchasing the majority of our auto parts from China.

Remember, this is happening with the cooperation of major corporations, many of whom are American.

How does this affect jobs here in the U.S.? and why are companies allowed to continue off-shoring jobs without penalties?
and what are the consequences of allowing these same companies to get tax breaks for continuing this practice?

Soul Brother No. 7 said...

One should also care about what things like knockoff cars and crummy goods say about the Chinese. In basic, they don't give the world the same respect they demand we give them. It's very insulting.

Anonymous said...

"One should also care about what things like knockoff cars and crummy goods say about the Chinese. In basic, they don't give the world the same respect they demand we give them"

They can demand whatever they want. They appear to be receiving the respect that they deserve. Frankly, they've proven to be a cheap manufacturing culture. They cut corners and steal when they don't think anyone is looking. And no one relies on them for much more than their ability to assemble something thats been designed somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Copy the F430!!! Do it now China!!!

Paul said...

GumGum pop-up adds are incredibly annoying. I know the US is broke and will felate for food these days, but surely there's a limit...somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Although Chinese market is FAR more open to American/Europeam vehicles than korean/japanese market, ironically.

The Chinese are #1 at blatently stealing engineering, designs, everything that isn't nailed down (like patents). Korea is #2.

Japan & europe may imitate; but they don't outright steal.

So when all the innovations have been stolen from the US, Europe & Japan; and those 3 no longer make any money inventing, who is going to do all the "hard work"? The innovation, problem-solving, creating? I sure wouldn't look to China. A Bureaucratic Socialist Dictatorship is hardly a hotbed of creative innovation & invention.