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BMW CEO Fuming Over Chinese Knock-Off Of Popular X5 SUV. (Pics)
CEOSMACK ^ | 8/28/07

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 BMW’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: automakers; bmw; ceo; china; intellectualproperty; knockoff; suv; trade
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1 posted on 08/28/2007 11:27:46 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

ROTFL ... I’m pretty sure Chinese cars crappy quality and materials - regardless of style cue thefts - are going to be easily differentiated from BMW.


2 posted on 08/28/2007 11:30:54 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: LibWhacker

Both of them look like station wagons. Not exactly a new design concept.


3 posted on 08/28/2007 11:31:42 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: LibWhacker

“What’s the difference between a BMW and a porcupine....”


4 posted on 08/28/2007 11:32:15 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: LibWhacker

Looks isn’t ervything....


5 posted on 08/28/2007 11:32:46 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: mgc1122
I’m pretty sure Chinese cars crappy quality and materials - regardless
of style cue thefts - are going to be easily differentiated from BMW.


Give 'em time.
Because similar things were being said about "Jap junk" only a couple
of decades ago.

I remember our apt discription of the exhaust note of Japanese cars
(compared to our Mustangs, etc.):
"Sounds like a squirrel farting into a tin can".
But things changed.
6 posted on 08/28/2007 11:33:53 AM PDT by VOA
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To: LibWhacker

Hey....just free trade, right?

What’s wrong with that?


7 posted on 08/28/2007 11:34:22 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: mgc1122

The Orientals’ lack of creativity rears its head yet again...


8 posted on 08/28/2007 11:34:52 AM PDT by Brakeman (Self delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Always Right
I think every since the 80s most cars have been “mind melding” into look-a-likes.

Man, when a 60s/70s era Vet or Mustang or Camero or Duster came down the road you knew what it was.

Now most is mush.

9 posted on 08/28/2007 11:36:05 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: LibWhacker

They don’t look any more alike that any other two SUVs in that size range. Different bumper, license plate moved, tailights different, different shape to rear quarter window, different look for the cyclops light; BMW is making a mistake trying to link the two.


10 posted on 08/28/2007 11:36:31 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: xcamel

Old joke here in La La Land!


11 posted on 08/28/2007 11:37:41 AM PDT by gc4nra ( this tag line protected by Kimber and the First Amendment (I voted for McClintock))
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To: mgc1122

Lead based paint and parts small enough for a toddler to swallow?


12 posted on 08/28/2007 11:38:54 AM PDT by gc4nra ( this tag line protected by Kimber and the First Amendment (I voted for McClintock))
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To: LibWhacker
The Chinese-made SUV which ironically enough is called CEO...

Those imitative commies! They should call it the Tu-4, in honor of the Ruuskie knockoff of the B-29


13 posted on 08/28/2007 11:39:37 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: LibWhacker

I’m no expert on Chinese culture, but it seems that this is a value that they hold dear - copying success.

Painters are not allowed to paint their own stuff until they can copy the “masters” perfectly first.

We just can’t fathom this idea - we value our intellectual property too much.


14 posted on 08/28/2007 11:41:19 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: xcamel

Eat your heart out, xcamel!


15 posted on 08/28/2007 11:41:51 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: PeteB570

“I think every since the 80s most cars have been “mind melding” into look-a-likes.”

A guy I worked with said all new cars looked like a used bar of soap.


16 posted on 08/28/2007 11:42:42 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: LibWhacker

and this is different from the Porshe?
and this is differnet from the Buick?
and this is different from the Subaru?

geeze, car makers have been making unispired “same as” design poop since the 1974.

Inspired design is the exception NOT the rule.


17 posted on 08/28/2007 11:42:56 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: LibWhacker

They won’t be that hard to tell apart. If you push the palm of your hand against the Chinese version, it will leave a mark just like those miracle foam mattresses.


18 posted on 08/28/2007 11:44:07 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: xcamel

The same as the difference between a BMW and Hillary.


19 posted on 08/28/2007 11:45:08 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: caver

Licncoln town car, the melted marshmallow of design.

Too a beautiful land yatch and as if they gave it to the woman who killed oldmobile to fix it...


20 posted on 08/28/2007 11:46:37 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: LibWhacker

They don’t look alike to me, and anybody who can’t tell a Beemer from Chinese junk deserves what they get.


21 posted on 08/28/2007 11:48:27 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: DCPatriot
You first..


22 posted on 08/28/2007 11:49:13 AM PDT by xcamel (FDT/2008 -- talk about it >> irc://irc.freenode.net/fredthompson)
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To: VOA
When my dad was buying stuff for the Army & Air Force in 1950s Far East, a manufacturer offered some machine parts that were made in USA. Usa was a tiny Japanese fishing village that might have had three or four hibachis but no manufacturing capability...
23 posted on 08/28/2007 11:49:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: VOA
Give 'em time. Because similar things were being said about "Jap junk" only a couple of decades ago.

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.

24 posted on 08/28/2007 11:49:59 AM PDT by mgc1122
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To: PeteB570
...I think every since the 80s most cars have been “mind melding” into look-a-likes....<

They all look like bars of soap with wheels to me.

25 posted on 08/28/2007 11:50:11 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Vini ,Vidi, VD: I Came, I Saw, I Cankered)
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To: Brakeman

They copy everything and when they don’t have ever clear they use antifreeze, and human waste for fertilizer.


26 posted on 08/28/2007 11:50:31 AM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Always Right

Exactly.

Do a google images search of Kia SUV. Or Hyundai SUV.

Those South Korean SUV’s are knock-off, too.


27 posted on 08/28/2007 11:53:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: PAR35
They don’t look any more alike that any other two SUVs in that size range.

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.

28 posted on 08/28/2007 11:54:23 AM PDT by gridlock (You cannot coexist with somebody who wants you dead.)
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To: xcamel
Um, the pricks make jokes about the people who drive them?

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...

29 posted on 08/28/2007 11:54:47 AM PDT by Sicon
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To: rottndog

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”.


30 posted on 08/28/2007 11:55:38 AM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile.)
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To: 1Old Pro

What’s the big deal now. The Japaneses have been doing this for years.


31 posted on 08/28/2007 11:56:50 AM PDT by Roklok
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To: LibWhacker
So...how much does it go for?

If it offends the rednecks and the metrosexuals equally, it may be worth the entertainment value to buy one!

Just saying.

32 posted on 08/28/2007 11:58:08 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: xcamel
See ya when you can post again...
33 posted on 08/28/2007 11:58:35 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: mgc1122

Parts will start breaking off after a few uses like most of the chinese crap I have.


34 posted on 08/28/2007 11:58:55 AM PDT by I_like_good_things_too (Don't make perfect the enemy of the good)
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To: padre35
We in the West are indeed “stuck on stupid”.

Agreed.
35 posted on 08/28/2007 11:59:49 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: I_like_good_things_too

Let’s just hope those parts that break off don’t poison our dogs.


36 posted on 08/28/2007 12:01:45 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: Plutarch

IIRC, they copied it so thoroughly, that there was even a “Boeing” emblem on the control wheel ;)


37 posted on 08/28/2007 12:01:57 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: xcamel

“What’s the difference between a BMW and a porcupine....”

Oldie but a goody. :) Oh, how I do love the M3, though.


38 posted on 08/28/2007 12:02:33 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: caver

a taurus looks like a bar of dove soap, maybe sweetheart soap from the vermont country store catalog


39 posted on 08/28/2007 12:02:55 PM PDT by Taffini (Mr. Pippin and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: LibWhacker
How can they tell it's knockoff?

They both look like every other nondescript car on the road these days.

40 posted on 08/28/2007 12:11:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Sicon

“Um, the pricks make jokes about the people who drive them?”

Come now, it’s a funny joke. Some of the biggest jerks I have ever met drove Corvettes. That said, I’d have one in a second. I laugh at that old joke but if I had the jack for an M3, I’d buy one tomorrow.

Check my name and just guess how many auto-related jabs I take. I don’t take them seriously and neither should you.


41 posted on 08/28/2007 12:12:03 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: LibWhacker
Not bad from the front:


42 posted on 08/28/2007 12:19:03 PM PDT by Rightone
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To: LibWhacker

pro’lly needs leaded gas.


43 posted on 08/28/2007 12:23:09 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Always Right

can’t say station wagon, crossovers don’t you know. My neighbor really got tight when I saw her car and said nice station wagon.


44 posted on 08/28/2007 12:24:39 PM PDT by pierstroll
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To: LibWhacker
Message to BMW CEO: The target market of X5's is the US. People buy BMW's because of the upscale cache. Junk made in China is, well, junk made in China.

No worries.

45 posted on 08/28/2007 12:25:40 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (CAIR delende est.)
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To: L98Fiero
Have no fear, I wasn't taking the joke seriously at all - I was just seeing if I could turn it around. After all, there are lots of tools driving every type of vehicle, and lots of wonderful people driving them all as well.

Anyway, you have my condolences on the whole Fiero thing!

46 posted on 08/28/2007 12:25:42 PM PDT by Sicon
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To: xcamel
You can eat a porcupine...

Well I wouldn't...but some things do.

47 posted on 08/28/2007 12:28:05 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Molon Labe)
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To: Taffini

“a taurus looks like a bar of dove soap”

A Taurus is the perfect bar of used soap.


48 posted on 08/28/2007 12:31:44 PM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: xcamel

“What’s the difference between a BMW and a porcupine....”

LOL. I thought it was a Porsche and a porcupine....


49 posted on 08/28/2007 12:39:01 PM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: mikeus_maximus

“The bitterness of low quality remains long after
the sweetness if low price has been forgotten.”


50 posted on 08/28/2007 12:40:49 PM PDT by kkalman
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