European car models are being copied by the Chinese automakers but there’s still a question on whether they’re merely copies, replicas or knockoffs? Take the Hawtai B35 for example.
It’s more or less an exact copy of the Porsche Cayenne in its previous embodiment. The Chinese don’t call it a Porsche nor do they claim they made one.
It’s also not a copy as it only borrows a few elements from the exterior design of a Porsche SUV. It can’t be considered a replica since it doesn’t share all the elements, at least at design level, with the Cayenne.
It’s also not a knock-off since it isn’t named as the new Cayenne. In conclusion, it is not a Porsche Cayenne.
The Hawtai B35 is powered by a tiny 1.8l engine supplied by SAIC, but Hawtai’s 2.0T and 2.8T diesel engines will be available for use in early 2011. In fact, the Hawtai B35 uses an older Hyundai Santa Fe platform, not the one from the Cayenne.
Displayed at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year, the Hawtai B35will go on sale by the end of the year and promises to take on cars such as... hmm, we have to think of that! [via chinacartimes]