Skip to comments.BMW CEO Fuming Over Chinese Knock-Off Of Popular X5 SUV. (Pics)
Posted on 08/28/2007 11:27:43 AM PDT by LibWhacker
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer is not happy. In a case which proves that nothing is immune to the sleight of hand of Chinese manufacturers and their ability and willingness to clone any product on earth, BMW has been forced to threaten legal action over a cheap knock-off version of their popular X5 SUV.
The Chinese-made SUV which ironically enough is called CEO is almost identical in appearance to BMWs X5 especially from the rear.
We have already taken steps against the marketing of the CEO (SUV) in Europe. Should this car be presented at the IAA, we will look into taking further legal steps, a BMW spokesman said.
Forbes reports that Karl Schloessl, the owner of independent importer China Automobile Deutschland said he knew nothing of the legal action, but said it might well help sales of the model.Schloessl said he is planning to sell the cars at around 100 dealerships in Germany starting in October again proving there is no shame among the Chinese or the vendors who get rich selling their knock-off merchandise.
The BMW X5 is pictured on the left and the Chinese CEO SUV is on the right.
They don’t look alike to me, and anybody who can’t tell a Beemer from Chinese junk deserves what they get.
LOL ... well, as just one example - the ChiComms have been trying to manufacture an AK47 knockoff for decades, and to this very day, it's still crap and likely to be that way for the foreseeable future.
They all look like bars of soap with wheels to me.
They copy everything and when they don’t have ever clear they use antifreeze, and human waste for fertilizer.
Do a google images search of Kia SUV. Or Hyundai SUV.
Those South Korean SUV’s are knock-off, too.
You could not be more hopelessly wrong.
The dominant design cue on the BMW X series SUVs is the stong concave curve just under the rear window. This is unique to BMW, and strongly diffentiates them from other manufacturers.
The copying of this design cue, along with the very similar taillight treatment, glass shape and rear bumper make it abundantly clear that CEO is knocking off the BMW design.
Wait, that's not it. Uh, the pricks would rather drive a p.o.s. pickup truck with a picture of Calvin peeing on a Ford or Chevy logo in the back window, and chew tobacco and spit into an empty beer can while they're driving over to pick up their cousin for a "date"?
No, that's not it either...
If a Western comapny knocked off anything the ChiComs made they would sue, and win, we in the West do nothing.
We in the West are indeed “stuck on stupid”.
What’s the big deal now. The Japaneses have been doing this for years.
If it offends the rednecks and the metrosexuals equally, it may be worth the entertainment value to buy one!
Parts will start breaking off after a few uses like most of the chinese crap I have.
Let’s just hope those parts that break off don’t poison our dogs.
IIRC, they copied it so thoroughly, that there was even a “Boeing” emblem on the control wheel ;)
Whats the difference between a BMW and a porcupine....
Oldie but a goody. :) Oh, how I do love the M3, though.
a taurus looks like a bar of dove soap, maybe sweetheart soap from the vermont country store catalog
They both look like every other nondescript car on the road these days.
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