Chinese car maker Zotye Auto is again under fire for a copycat design, in this instance fora new SUV called the SR9 that closely resembles the Porsche Macan.
Although Porsche threatened legal action when the SR9 was shown as a concept in 2014, the German maker has yet to officially sue for copyright infringement, according to officials at the firm’s HQ in Stuttgart.
The comparison of these pictures reveal the extent of Zotye’s plagiarism. As well as aping the overall proportionsand silhouette of the Macan, the SR9, which costs from £12,300 and is offered with a Mitsubishi-sourced 187bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, also features similar shut lines and exterior detailing. The SR9’s interior also bears a striking resemblance to the Macan’s.
Zotye is well known for its plagiarism of successful car designs. TheYongkang-based car maker currently sells the SR7, which is heavily reminiscent of the Audi Q3, and the T600, which is styled to resemble the Audi Q5.
Other copy cat models within its range include the Damai X5, a close take on the Volkswagen Tiguan, an d the recently unveiled Damai X7, a clone of the Volkswagen Crossblue Coupe concept.
Zotye Auto was founded in 2005. Its first model was the RX6400, a compact SUV bearing a close resemblan ce to the Daihatsu Terios R.
Copycat designs are less prevalent in Chinese car design these days but do still occur.
A high-profile ongoing case is that of the Range Rover Evoque and LandWindX7.