China – Knockoff VW Taigun applies for a patent! Can you believe that?

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013 - 4:45pm IST

The VW Taigun is the German car maker’s way of asking folks not to buy the Ford EcoSport. One look at the specification sheet of the Taigun and it would appear that the VW engineers have bestowed the Taigun with an identical specification.

VW Taigun fake Chinese version

The length of the car for example is kept below 4 meters, just like the EcoSport in India. The engine is a 1.0-liter turbocharged unit almost aping the Ford 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost.

The Taigun is believed to enter production in 2016 with Brazil getting the first priority. Needless to say that VW would be considering high growth markets like China where crossovers/soft-roaders in the B- and C-Segment enjoy a high demand.

VW Taigun fake Chinese version side profile

However, one Chinese motor company feels that the people should not wait until 2016-17 to buy a Taigun mini SUV. Which is why they have applied for a patent for their new offering. And this is it.

The manufacturer in question is believed to be known as Jiangsu Lake Motors. From the translated Chinese document, we understand that their car is simply going to be known as the ‘SUV’.

VW Taigun fake Chinese version front

There is no other way of saying this, this is a 100% Taigun knockoff! But then, China is known for producing ‘replicas’ with manufacturers such as Toyota, Rolls Royce, BMW and Mini being the biggest victims.

VW Taigun fake Chinese version rear

Copying a design entirely is one thing, but to apply for a patent for the copied design?

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7 thoughts on “China – Knockoff VW Taigun applies for a patent! Can you believe that?

  1. rikki says:

    @Vivin: the chinese fakers did a crappy job with the design they stole. The fake is out of proportion and hideous but I guess the chinese will still be buying it. National pride and country… :p and they’re applying for a patent of that thing? what nerve…

    @vijay: i wish… but the chinese are not inventors… only IMITATORS.

    I wish the patenting body will shove their application up their….

  2. Basu S says:

    @Shrawan, you must have a like button. I so want to like @Vijay’s comment.

    1. Thanks Basu and Uva for the tip. Really happy to see us featured on which we regard as a champion automotive blog on the internet.

  3. Uva says: has run this story crediting IAB, great work guys! Keep up the good work!

  4. vijay says:

    china, please invent some artificial replacement for petrol also.

  5. Ashutosh says:

    Can’t blame the manufacturer, it is the Chinese authorities which are allowing such monstrosities.

  6. Vivin says:

    OMG, Looks exactly like the VW Taigun. VW designers should be shocked at this.


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