China’s Zotye Naming US Dealers, We Wonder If They’ll Bring Their Clones Too

America’s trade war with China isn’t stopping Zotye from preparing to sell its vehicles in the United States as the company will reveal its first dealerships at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) show on January 30th.

Zotye’s announcement was short on details, but the company noted these dealerships are expected to become the first to sell Chinese models in the United States under the Chinese automaker’s brand name.

While we expect additional information will be released next week, the company has previously said its first US-spec model will be an SUV that is slated to go on sale in 2020. Zotye hasn’t said much beyond that, but has previously stated “engineering, development and homologation work [is] currently underway.”

Despite being tight-lipped on specifics, Zotye USA’s Facebook page is full of images showing the T700 crossover which is essentially a Chinese clone of the first-generation Range Rover Evoque. However, HAAH Automotive Holdings – which is handling US distribution rights – has previously said Zotye is “developing numerous new models” and “one of these new models will be the first product launched in the USA [during the] fourth quarter of 2020.”

Zotye isn’t widely known outside of China, but it often gets called out for its less than creative styling. Besides the T700, Zotye’s SR9 has been criticized as a Porsche Macan knock-off. The company’s T600 also resembles the first-generation Volkswagen Tiguan, while the Traum Meet3 echoes the Mercedes GLC.

It will be interesting to see if the company’s first US model will follow a similar philosophy, but the automakers are pretty protective of the US market. This can be seen by FCA’s ongoing feud with Mahindra over the Jeep-like Roxor.

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  • Six_Tymes

    what a shit show… but idiots support these copy cats, no respect for business. sad

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Complete turd of a company. However, the west should be very ,very worried. China has literally SCORES of domestic manufacturers. The USA has 3. China is the worlds biggest market for cars at 28 million units per year. Some of these companies will go bust, but the fact is companies like Geely, SAIC and a few others are extremely wealthy. They can afford to make major investments and inroads into the states and Europe.

    Now the enthusiasts may think that a lot of these cars are irrelevant and pieces of sh1t. But the average member of the public WILL buy them. People laugh at hyundai and Kia and look where they are now. Competition is going to get much more difficult in the future and it doesn’t look good for the US domestics.

  • FordMopar

    It’s that time of the month… China makes another announcement of selling one of their 500+ Chinese car brands in USA….aannnndddd still nothing from other 200 announcements in past 10 years from other Chinese brands. All talks and dreams. Sick of reports like this. Needs to stop.

  • sidewaysspin

    They really have no shame, should be blocked from making business here, these people are not honest and it clearly shows.

  • Shane

    All the rest of the countries need to do is not accept these companies from China.

  • no25

    yeah, i know i don’t speak for all americans, but we don’t want ’em.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    That first picture; Ford has finally got its sh*t together and is making a good looking suv.

  • Craig

    It looks like the offspring of a Range Rover and Porsche.

  • Galaxium

    Don’t think they’ll be able to get away with the blatant imitation designs in the US, like they can in Chinese markets.

  • Bsneider

    looks better than anything the japanese have shit out in the last decade. I’d buy this over a Toyota

  • Eric Sin-Chan

    Wahahahahahaha, how about “hell no” (and certainly NOT in Canada). And besides, that Macan-wannabe is just straight out garbage

  • David De Fortier

    Meh?, most cars look the same these days. No need to mention clones.. and i dont see where the problem lies because there will be more openings for mechanics to make a living.

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