"Not all snowflakes are the same, but yours is too close to another."
2021 ARtega Karo
Artega has reinvented itself as a 21st century green automaker. And with this, they have utilized Microlino's platform for a new city car. Too bad Microlino already won a copycat award last year, as their Car model is a near replica of the original BMW Isetta. Both models have been blessed by BMW, but still it would have been better if Artega had gone with a new age design. This would have boosted their sports car appeal of the previous Artega company.
2021 BAIC BJ90
(copy of a 2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class)
2021 Buick Envision
(copy of a 2018 Mazda CX-5)
2021 Exeed LX
(copy of a 2015 Lexus NX)
Most people have never heard of Chery's Exeed division, but soon you will. Exeed is Chery's entry into the European marketplace and it seems they want to borrow the same naming convention of Lexus to entice you purchase their products. The 2020 Exeed LX does play on the Lexus naming convention along with utilizing a similar profile to their products. Guess when you want to run with the luxury crowd, you might as well look the part.
2021 Foton G9 Big General
(copy of a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew)
With the Chinese marketplace now wanting bigger trucks, Foton has decided to give this new market a shot. Too bad they decided to utilize a near complete knockoff of the 2nd generation Ford Raptor, or we might have given them more credit for their entry. Foton is known for trucks and transports now, but with the release of their Raptor knockoff, their respect in the truck world has just dropped.
2021 Genesis G80
(copy of a 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS)
Hyundai is already known for their profile copycats and it seems this image is being moved over to their Genesis brand now. For 2021 Genesis has decided to utilize the outline and image of the original luxury saloon (coupe profile sedan), the Mercedes-Benz CLS, for their updated G80 sedan. Too bad most of us remember this groundbreaking models from Mercedes-Benz as we still adore it. Guess that's true from Genesis as well.
2021 Huanghai N7
(copy of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado)
Again another Chinese company has utilized an American full-size truck design as their own. Bus manufacture Huanghai, has decided to utilize the previous generation Chevrolet Silverado for their foray into the full size truck market. A few minor tweaks make their truck a bit different, but from a distance, its still just a Silverado.
2021 Hyundai Tucson
(copy of a 2019 Toyota Rav4)
After years of having its own design and image, Hyundai has decided that their new generation Tucson needed a pick-me-up in the compact CUV market. And for that pick-me-up, they have decided to utilize the highly successful Toyota RAV4's outline and image. This may be what the Tucson needs to beat the competition or maybe an improvement in the companies overall appeal and quality could help it out better.
2021 INEOS Grenadier
(copy of a 2012 Land Rover Defender)
INEOS is not your usual Petrochemical company as they also want to get into the automotive business. With some exposure from the Mercedes-F1 team, they have been able to expand their brands exposure. This is great for a company who won the rights to utilize the original Land Rover Defenders design. They may have the rights to the design and even a factory to build it in,
INEOS only receives our CopyCat award, due to the history behind its design. We are aware that the Grenadier is a complete overhaul copy of the Defender, but they do own the rights to its design.
2021 Knight Vision R
(copy of a 2014 AC MK VI GTSR)
Knight International may be a brokerage firm for supercars, but their stand alone product may be on to something. The 2021 Knight Vision R is what you always wanted from the AC/Shelby Cobra and more. Of course that is not without saying that its outline is straight from the AC/Shelby garage, as this model borrows nearly every aspect of the original ride.
2021 Leopaard Mattu
(copy of a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus)
2021 Mahindra Thar BS6
(copy of a 2012 Jeep Wrangler)
Still building off of their past partnership with Jeep, Mahindra has just released their updated design for the Thar BS6. Keeping with their past design language Mahindra has still kept their Jeep inspired design going. Even after their long fight with Jeep in America over the Roxor, Mahindra is still determined to utilize the original Jeep profile.
2021 Maserati MC20
(copy of a 2019 Ferari SF90 Stradale)
Hot on the heels of the competition, Maserati is now aiming its eyes back onto Ferrari. And this time they are going after them with their own design language. Utilizing the outline of the SF90 Stradale, Maserati hopes no one notices that the all new MC20 is similar to the competition in design and name as it tries to gain a foothold in the hypercar market.
2021 Peugeot landtrek
(copy of a 2015 Nissan Navara)
Peugeot is giving the mid-size truck market another go, as they released the all new Landtrek to the market. Too bad for them that their design carries the appeal of the Nissan Navara with it. Even its Changan and MG counterparts carry this image as well, as all three products are subject to a copycat award.
2021 Singulato iC3
(copy of a 2009 toyota IQ)
Aston Martin utilized Toyota's help when it came to building an energy efficient city car. The same isn't true about the Singulato iC3. Not only does this model borrow the outline and appeal of the Cygnet, it also plays on the use of the original product as the iC3 is similar to that of the Toyota iQ. For this Singulato not only wins a CopyCat Award for design, they also take home this prize for copying the original product name.
2021 Toyota Harrier / Venza
(copy of a 2020 Jaguar F-Pace)
2021 Zotye TS5
(copy of a 2012 Audi Q5)
Zotye is not a new name to our CopyCat awards, as they have utilized designs from the Volkswagen Group since their entry into the automotive world. For 2021 Zotye has chosen to utilize the profile of the Audi Q5 for their new TS5. Add to this a similar naming convention and you again get a double CopyCat winner from Zotye.
High Performance Ratings
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.
And don't think of borrowing to many design features from another company, or you will wind up taking home our COPYCAT AWARD. This award outlines which model they are borrowing from and how close they are to the original
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