"Not all snowflakes are the same, but yours is too close to another."
2020 has made it to the top of out list for CopyCat Award years. Seems the rise of the alternative fuel ring has sparked a rush to enter the market. With it, some companies rush to bring a new EV or Hybrid to market, has led to a reduction in designs. Rushing to the finish line won't get you there any faster, but for some they think it will help.
AutoLooks knows the truth and we are here to keep those who rush, at bay. For this year we have sixteen (16) new copies of previous products. Most are profile copies, but there a few direct copies on out list this year. Let's hope 2021 is a bit better.
2020 Aiways RG Nathalie
Aiways is on a roll this year, with both of their new products winning CopyCat Awards. Their new CUV, the U5, is similar to that of the ES6 from NIO. We get it that the EV market is hot right now, but is it too hot from two (2) of the same product. Aiways doesn't think so.
2020 Alieno Arcanum
(copy of a 2020 Lamboghini Huracan EVO)
Following in the footsteps of Arrinera, Alieno is looking to make its own version of the Lamborghini Huracan. We all remember how Arrinera used both the Gallardo and Huracan for their sports car. But with the increase in the EV marketplace, Alieno thinks they can replicate this theory and use the Huracan's profile to help boost its overall appeal.
2020 Aurus Senat
(copy of a 2019 Rolls Royce Phantom)
Aurus comes from a demand issued by the Russian state department. Their demand was for a Russian produced and engineered automotive luxury brand. The end product of that demand was Aurus Motors and its presidential limo and Senat sedan. Great news for Russia, as they now had their own luxury brand.
In the end it seems that their basis car never got any further than a few minor add-on's. This makes the Senat a direct competitor to the Phantom, as it both goes after the same clientele and it looks just like it.
2020 De Tomaso P72
(copy of a 1967 Ferrari 330 PA)
De Tomaso has finally made its return and with it comes the first of hopefully many new products. With a new corporate backer, De Tomaso has released the P72 onto the world. Paying homage to their P70 race car name, the P72 stops there with bringing their past back. This all new product carries lines from one of the most famous race cars of all time, along with its rebirth design created for
2020 Drako GTE
(twin of a 2019 Karma REvero)
Drako is new to the coachbuild game and their new product borrows a lot from Karma Automotive. Being a coachbuilder means they are utilizing the Revero to build their own product on. The GTE does make the Revero look a lot better than it really is, but in the end the overall product is nothing short of a few new lights and a rear diffuser. Along with this is one hefty price increase. So, it better be worth it Drako.
2020 Enovate ME7
(copy of a 2018 Audi Q5)
Like many others on this list, Enovate is new to the automotive game. Their new ME7 CUV is here to shake up the EV world. Similar to others on this list, Enovate wanted to get out while the market was still hot and that meant finding a way to quickly get their product to market. This has meant that its design follows the same lines as the 2018 Audi Q5's. Seems everyone is always picking on something from the Volkswagen A.G.
2020 Great Wall Pao
(copy of a 2012 Toyota Tundra)
Great Wall Motors has been our list before and like many other companies, they wanted to borrow a design for their new full size truck. Seems that most companies from Asia, only like to borrow designs for full size pickups, instead of designing it themselves. You can now add the Great Wall Pao to our list which consists of a F-150 and Titan copycats.
2020 hyundai Palisade
(copy of a 2019 Cadillac Escalde)
Better known as the Fake-silade (#fakesilade) to AutoLooks, the all new full size CUV product from Hyundai is nothing short of a wannabe Escalade. We all know that everyone wants a piece of the Escalade pie, but copying its design is something new to this segment. No one else has done this, as the competition usually designs their own products. But, I guess when your
2020 Kia Telluride
(copy of a 2019 Range rover & a 2020 GMC Yukon)
We will Tell-u-about this ride and how it takes inspiration from a few different products. This somewhat new product from Kia, takes its inspiration from Range Rover and the Yukon. Borrowing the profile of a Rover and the front quarter from a Yukon, Kia thought no one would ever notice how their new full size CUV is like a few others. Too bad we are here to tell them that their new design isn't all that new.
2020 Li Xiang One
(copy of a 2020 Volvo XC90)
2020 Lincoln Aviator
(copy of a 2019 Range Rover Sport)
When we first saw the concept for the new Aviator, we called out its design for being all too Range Rover inspired. Seems Lincoln didn't take our hint and went the Rovers layout anyways. For that they can now show off their award for not listening to their friends and family. Maybe big brother Ford will step in and put a stop to this for the mid-cycle refresh.
2020 Microlino Car
(copy of a 1958 BMW Isetta)
Known for their e-bikes, Microlino is now getting into the city car ring with their new Car product. Set to become a modern age BMW Isetta, the Microlino Car is nothing short of re-release of the original. And since BMW had no plans on releasing the Isetta again, someone had to answer the call to build it. Microlino will answe that call and their EV version is the next best thing to the original.
2020 Mitsuoka Rockstar
(copy of a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
Mitsuoka is known as one of the best coachbuild companies in the world. This doesn't let them off the hook when they make one of their products from one product look like another product. This applies to their Miata based Rockstar which looks oddly like a 65 Corvette Stingray. Sure it may be a Miata, but in its heart it wants to be a Corvette.
2020 Pininfarina Battista
(Twin of the 2019 Ferrari SF90 Stradale)
Pininfarina designs vehicles for Ferrari, so it didn't surprise us when they utilized one of their Ferrari designs for their own product. The only thing that did surprise us, was that they used the just released SF90 Stradale as their doner car. Their copycat award is more of a twin award, as they are the company behind the design of the original product. The only reason why Pininfarina gets the award instead of
The Battista is more of a green twin to the SF90 Stradale, as the Battista is an electric version of its V8 powered twin. Sure, the SF90 Stradale has hybrid power, but the Battista is full on electric.
2020 Sinogold GM3
(copy of a 2018 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso)
Sinogold may be new to the world, but their product is not. The GM3 is a near exact copy of the 2018 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. Changing out some of the front end parts helped this product differentiate itself from its Citroen clone, but in the end most of the rest is all the same. Guess this cookie came from the plant on the other side of the street.
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