"Not all snowflakes are the same, but yours is too close to another."
2015 is our worst year on record thus far. This could be because their are three (3) exact copies of other products, along with four (4) others which utilize more than they should. In total there are nine (9) CopyCats for 2015 and as usual most of them hail from China.
2015 Arrinera Hussarya
After receiving their CopyCat award for the original Hussarya design, it seems that Arrinera didn't learn their lesson. This time though, they decided to take inspiration from the Galllardo's replacement, the Huracan. As this model just arrived, they thought we wouldn't notice how similar the two products are. How wrong they are and again here's your CopyCat Award.
2015 Chrysler 200 (Copycat of a 2012 Hyundai Sonata)
Chrysler may be looking to enter the mid-size market with a new premium product, but they forgot to make it more 300 like. Instead they borrowed the profile from the 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Could be because the Sonata shook up the mid-size market when the all new Sonata arrived. Now Chrysler is looking to do the same with the 200.
2015 David Brown Automotive Speedback
(Copy of a 1964 Aston Martin DB5)
The name David Brown is synonymous with Aston Marin, so in all rights utilizing it should allow you make your products look like an Aston. That may seem correct, but in all reality it is not, as Aston Martin is not associated with David Brown Automotive. This gives its Speedback a CopyCat award for its
2015 Exotic Rides W70 (copy of a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari)
When you want to enter the vicious market of supercars, you have to make sure you make a mark for yourself. In the case of Exotic Rides, that mark comes from the LaFerrari double, the W70 supercar. Although it borrows its design from a hypercar, the W70 is only in supercar territory. Being nearly an exact copy of the Ferrari, puts this company on
2015 Haval H9 (copy of a 2008 Lexus GX470)
Haval may have broken off from Great Wall Motors, but it still uses their borrowing tactics. Utilizing the profile from a 2008 Lexus GX470, the all new Haval H9 is only new in its home market. Adding a few extras helps differentiate the two models, but in the end when their next to each other, it will be hard to tell them apart.
2015 Kawei K1 (copy of a 2012 Ford F-150 FX2)
Kawei is a new entry into the automotive world and it seems the want to enter the market with other companies products. No, they are not working with other companies to produce products in China for them. They are copycat artists to the full degree, as both of their entry products are copies
2015 Kawei W1 (copy of a 2018 Kia Sorento)
The Sorento wasn't known for being the best product for its time. And when you add in the fact that it did look similar to a BMW X5, it wouldn't be the best model to copy. Being a copy itself, the Sorento is already known for staring out its life on the wrong foot and that's where the W1 is starting out. Being a copy of a
2015 Landwind X7 (copy of a 2012 Range Rover Evoque)
The Evoque changed the world of SUV's for everyone and it seems that Landwind wants to borrow some of that success. Their new X7 product is an exact copy of the Range Rover, from its profile to its wheel wells, the X7 borrows nearly every aspect from the Evoque. Now only time will tell if this product will be allowed on the roads, as Land Rover is going after this design.
2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
(copy of a 1966 Jaguar E-Type)
After dumping Chrysler from their ill-fated merger, Mercedes-Benz wanted to add a new sports car to their stable. Utilizing knowledge borrowed from the Viper project, Mercedes is entering the GT kingdom with their new AMG GT. This now gives their AMG sub-brand their own product, along with giving Mercedes a
Wanting their AMG GT to succeed, Mercedes-Benz has borrowed the profile of a 1966 Jaguar E-Type for their new halo car. This may not be all that noticeable to most, but for AutoLooks, we did notice and we did give an award. Utilizing something from the past is only great, when it comes from your own garage. Too bad, as Mercedes really had a chance to make a great product.
AutoLooks "RATED" is where we rate and review vehicles from around the world from every segment of the automotive industry. Our 1,215 point system is based on Four (4) key areas of automotive design.
AutoLooks rates the Front End, Rear End, Side and Overall Appeal of each and every new vehicle from around the world.
If they rate above 75%, they receive our A+ AWARD for design excellence.
If our rating system turns up a score below 45%, then that model will receive our RUSTY AWARD of design failure.
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