What do you do with a Chinese knockoff of a BMW X5 SUV that has turned into a rust-bucket a little after 100,000 km (roughly 60,000 miles)?
Why, you call in a magazine and have them help you blow it up, of course.
Some of you may remember the legal war between BMW and China’s Shuanghuan Automobile over whether the CEO (also known as the SCEO) was doppelganger of the 1999-2006 X5 E53, and if it should be allowed in Europe back in 2008.
The Bavarians initially won a court order in their home town of Munich in Germany to ban sales of the CEO, but a few months later, an Italian court rejected BMW’s claims.
Despite winning the judges, the Chinese-built SUV never won the hearts of European buyers, but it did manage to shift several hundred units across the continent, one of which was owned by –surprise, surprise- German auto-journalist Wolfgang Blaube.
Together with German publication AutoBild, Blaube showed what had become of the CEO after a few years of use and then proceeded to destroy the car.
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Screenshots via Autobild/YouTube