Zotye, China’s Maker Of Porsche, Land Rover Clones, Is Coming To America

Zotye Automobile has announced plans to become the “first Chinese company to sell vehicles in the United States under its own Chinese brand name.”

As part of this mission, the company has joined forces with HAAH Automotive Holdings to launch Zotye USA. Its headquarters will be located in Lake Forest, California.

Zotye was tight-lipped about specifics, but confirmed the brand’s first model will be an SUV. The company went on to say “engineering development and homologation work on the model is underway and is proceeding smoothly.” If everything goes according to plan, Zotye will begin sales in 2020.

While the company declined to say which model will be offered in the United States, HAAH Automotive Holdings’ website says Zotye is “developing numerous new models to be launched between 2018 and 2022. One of these new models will be the first product launched in the USA [in the] fourth quarter of 2020.”

Zotye USA is currently looking for interested dealerships and HAAH Automotive Holdings CEO Duke Hale said “I am beyond thrilled to make this announcement” and “we have begun setting up a franchised dealer network to handle sales and service in America.” Autoweek reports approximately 20 dealers have already signed up and they will be announced next month.

Speaking of the dealers, Zotye is reportedly looking at examples set by Tesla and Saturn. The Tesla example seems far-fetched considering several traditional dealers have already signed up, but the Saturn model could still be possible. While General Motors famously shuttered the brand during its bankruptcy, Saturn billed itself as a “different kind of car company” and become known for its no haggle pricing.

Also Read: Zotye’s Porsche Macan Clone Hits A Real Cayenne In China

While Zotye isn’t as widely known as some other Chinese automakers, the company has a reputation for blatantly copying European designs. Its T600 echoes the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg, while the T700 is a bit of a Range Rover Evoque knockoff.

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  • SkyBill40

    No thanks. We’ve already have a wide array of vehicles clogging our roads and adding another manufacturer to that mix isn’t necessary, especially when it’s a knock off of existing products.

  • Mr. EP9

    So it begins.

  • Paul

    These Chinese mfrs. keep saying this the last number of years but as of yet nothing has arrived. So whatever.

  • EM1

    I hope Trump’s tariff stops sales of these “fake cars”.

  • Dude

    I’m always open to new things but I think I’ll pass.

    Can we get some French cars here instead?

  • JRP

    GAC is coming in 2019.

  • Miknik

    Would you buy a car from a company that does press pics on MS Paint levels (apart form producing an Audi Q5 clone on ancient underpinnings)

  • ksegg

    I’m going to with a HARD PASS.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Likely will market something from their the “Traum” line here, perhaps the Seek5.

    Curious about the drivetrain. Zoyte does have JV with Ford, for BEV vehicles, but wondering if Ford will supply drivetrain for North American market Zoyte models. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25ddbb47cc787198f985754cafb0833d6b571083e12d3f2b023bfa6dc3f6507b.jpg

  • no25

    We dont want it.

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