Shameless Chinese manufacturer unveils new sports car which has the front of a Ferrari with the rest copied off a Porsche
A shameless car firm has been mocked after unveiling its latest model – a Porsche rip-off with headlights copied off a Ferrari.
It is claimed the Suzhou Eagle Carrie is an all-electric sports car which is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds.
But the car has been slated by industry experts because of its copycat design.
Suzhou has given the car headlights which are remarkably similar to the Ferrari California T, while the remainder of the car could have come off a Porsche Cayman.
Even the Carrie’s badge has unmistakable similarities to the logo found on the front of a Porsche.
The car was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show and is the latest Chinese auto which looks like a model built in Europe.
Another Chinese firm, Landwind, was also showing off its X-7 SUV model at the event, which looks near-on identical to the Range Rover Evoque.
But despite the controversy, Jaguar Land Rover said they wouldn’t be doing anything about it because designs can’t be protected in China.
Jim Holder, editor of Autocar, described the Suzhou Eagle Carrie as a “pastiche of the worst kind”.
He said: “It is so brazen that it is more laughable than a car to be taken seriously.
“The problem with these Chinese-built rip-offs is that they undermine the growing credibility of some of the increasingly competitive local makers, who are engineering and innovating new cars closer to international standards than ever.
“The reluctance of Chinese officials to stamp on copycat design does nobody any favours – well-heeled customers won’t queue up to buy a product so clearly copied, and few people will want the associated mockery of being seen in one.”
Ferrari declined to comment.