Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this is downright disrespectful
It looks like a cross between a rubicon, ATV and a golf cart
Jeep Becomes Newest Target Of The Chinese Copycat
By Rory Jurnecka
Here we go again. China Automobile France has recently brought its KIFF to market in Europe - a buggy-like vehicle that takes its design inspiration (in a not-so-subtle way) from the Jeep Wrangler. We've witnessed copycat designs coming out of China for some time now, and it appears that Chinese automakers aren't finshed yet.
First shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Salon and marketed as a recreational, two-seat "quadricycle," the KIFF features a 20-hp 800cc engine sourced from fellow Chinese automaker Chery Although a 53-hp version is available in "uncontrolled, non-homologated" form, we take that to mean "not street legal." Constructed with an all-steel body and tubular chassis, China Automobile France claims that the vehicle can offer "security, comfort and driving close to real cars." CAF has a goal to develop the KIFF's chassis to suit other types of vehicles in the future. No word on whether the Jeep-inspired front fascia and six-slot grille (modified from Jeep's trademark seven-slot design) will remain on the new models.
After several lawsuits targeting Chinese Smart Fortwo and BMW X5 knock-offs, we'd be mighty careful with our designs if we ran a Chinese automotive upstart. While the KIFF obviously appears to be a vehicle designed more for recreational driving than daily transportation, we still can't imagine that the collective owners of the new Chrysler Group will be too thrilled with the KIFF's inherent likeness to one of Jeep's fundamental products -- especially given Fiat's battle with Great Wall's Panda clone.
Source: China Automotive France