Zotye Brushes Off Porsche, Will Debut SR8 Macan Copy At China Auto Show

China’s Zotye may have changed the name of their upcoming SUV from T700 to SR8, but everything else we scoffed about their Porsche Macan clone remains, with the company to debut the car at the Beijing auto show on April 25.

In fact, it’s much worse than we originally thought when we first laid eyes on the SR8 last summer through some studio shots that only showed the exterior of the prototype.

New images from China give us a first glimpse at the interior, and shockingly, Zotye audaciously ripped off the Macan’s cabin too, from the steering wheel design and trim, to the multi-button lower center console and even the clock on top of the dash!

Not that we should be surprised, but until now, Chinese clones usually refrained from copying the designs of both the interior and exterior from the same car. Apparently, the absence of any meaningful response from Western carmakers has led companies like Zotye to become even more brazen with their plagiarism.

It’s not that Western companies haven’t repeatedly tried to protect their work in China, but that they’ve been largely and alarmingly unsuccessful in enforcing any intellectual property rights.

There have been numerous disputes between Chinese and Western automakers that led nowhere, as Jaguar Land Rover found out for itself last year when it tried to take “appropriate action” against Jiangling’s Landwind X7 for “closely resembling” the Range Rover Evoque. The British company abandoned the effort with JLR chief executive Ralf Speth stating, “There are no laws, there’s nothing to protect us, so we have to take it as it is.”

Last year, when Porsche was asked about a report from Germany saying it may take legal action against Zotye Automobile, the Stuttgart carmaker declined to comment.

The Zotye SR8 is expected to go on sale in China in the second half of the year priced from around 170,000 yuan ($26,300 / €23,100) or less than a third than the Porsche Macan that starts from 588,000 yuan ($91,000 / €80,000). Power will come from a 190hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sourced from Mitsubishi that can be hooked up to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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  • Six_Tymes

    That is a strange company, to flat out want to spend time, funds and copy to be known as un-original. Its weird business sense.

    • pcurve

      It’s not weird if there are many people willing to buy these knock offs! lol

    • Bo Hanan

      How do these companies not get sued for this? Literally fighting a pig in the mud.

      • Grumpy

        China sides with the Chinese knockoffs nearly all the time. BMW lost the x5 case against BYD.

  • Alex P

    how do these companies get away with this??

    • guest

      Because countries and companies let them do it . No one takes position in these cases.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I always have this mantra: “I have a lot of respect for original Casio watch than fake Rolex”. To come up with a great idea (which, for example, in case of Casio G-Shock is really GREAT idea), one has to work very hard, think very deep, persevere and persistent. So I don’t know how to respect company that merely steal someone else’s idea for its own interest. But then again, maybe Chinese companies don’t have any concept of “respect and being respectable”. Remember the case of melamine baby milk or lead containing toys from China?

    • pcurve

      They also mixed crushed red bricks with dried chili powder to add weight. This is not a joke. :shudders:

      It’s a cultural thing. Korea and Japan went through rapid industrialization but they never resorted to this level of copying, or deliberate contamination of food to make quick bucks.

      I’m sure China will slowly shed some of these practices, but it will probably take one or two generations.

      • MarketAndChurch

        Chinese capitalism is state capitalism, which means that all business in China exists in the final analysis, to serve the ruling regime. In other words, Porsche’s greater financial commitment to its stock brokers makes it a lesser in the Chinese government’s eyes, then Zotye, who probably have friends in government who sit on their executive board. So there’s no incentive to shed these practices, and their market doesn’t reward those who do. I think the only way they will change is when they become on the receiving end of intellectual piracy, when their hard works are hacked and distributed abroad by people who didn’t want to do the hard work of coming up with their own creations.

        • Imjus Sayin

          Umm…like…..you know….is “Chinese intellectual property” kinda,sorta a oxymoron. In order for Western business to do business in China, don’t they have to give up intellectual property to the required local “Partner”? Otherwise they do not get Central Government approval to do business in China.

          • MarketAndChurch

            yea, that’s true. But most people are unaware of the amount of state-sponsored theft Chinese companies have engaged in, with the backing of the Chinese government. They just assume that business and its relationship to the government in China is the same as it is in say, Canada, the US, Germany, or Japan. So I’m speaking to the broader business and political climate there, not just the car industry.

  • Riccardo

    I love how i counted 21 usable controls on the Macan lower console and 9 on the Zotye, and 1 of those was a hazard lights switch.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think all porsche needs to do is show crash-tested results of both vehicles side by side. Oh… and do the moose test too, because why not.

  • RunningLogan

    Shame on them and shame on the Chinese government for allowing it to happen.

    • Braddo

      I agree – this is just ridiculous. Why bother all that effort just to copy the design?
      So pathetic.

  • TheHake

    What a pathetic bunch of a-holes!

  • uS’gedlemba

    I’d buy it because it’s fake actually!

  • Vassilis

    These cars remind me of GTA’s. Their design is based on well-known ones but they don’t look exactly the same due to licensing reasons.

  • cat

    trash of car each model coming out of China if it is to do should be destroyed and returned to the factory with a sign that says do not want your shit

  • Christopher Sansom

    From what I have seen I don’t think the Chinese give a shit about other people

  • ErisC

    Lol, more than half of the buttons in the center console of this Ctrl+C Macan “wannabe” isn’t assigned to a function… 😀

  • Gerald Michael

    It probably causes cancer, too.

  • TheBelltower

    This is why people are so leery of Chinese products. No integrity whatsoever. They produce stuff that’s stolen, stuff that’ll fall apart, or stuff that’ll kill you.

  • RED1Carbon

    Porsche should buy these cars and put bombs to them and explode all of it so this stupid company will put to shame!

  • Liam Paul

    You can see the difference in the two interiors as far as the fit and finish and materials used but as far as the chinese here in the states , They have rip off clothing here in the States rip off electronic etc so not sure who should be shocked. Honestly if it’s half the price of a brand new Porsche, there are people who would buy it. Yes I am sure in the long run it would cost almost as much cause of reliability issues but money talks and everyone wants something they think is nice

  • Maricaibo

    The bigger the bully the fewer the repercussions. They rip off design, poison our children and pets. Now, all you anti-Communists out there: go shop at Wal Mart and remember- out of every dollar you spend on ‘Made in China’ the Communist Party gets a cut.

  • Dominick Williams

    Toyota has cloned Ford for decades, now Hyundai/Kia are also cloning Fords. Fact, Ford designs good looking mass market vehicles.

  • kimbentsen

    What they should do is go after Mitsubishi as an accomplice. Fine Mitsubishi big time in Germany.

  • digi

    loads of things get ripped off. Some intelligent posters have outlined some obvious ones. Remember the old Mit 3000? Japan use to do this when it was developing. In the grand scheme this will not effect Porsche much as you are getting a stupid 2.0T engine from Mits which is a shit box. There is no better way to develop your car industry than to duplicate. Yeap, its a bitch to see your design ripped, but VW group does have its perks in China. Under the circumstances, I wouldn’t bitch too much about it as if you want to start settling scores, China/Asia/Africa has a shite load of skeletons its can bring out for the Western nations on a more grand scale.

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