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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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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

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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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Haha, looks like a fail Jeep Hurricane.

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Unread 03-18-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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Haha, looks like a fail Jeep Hurricane.

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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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I want to see that thing side by side with a Rhino or RZR, they look close in size
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Unread 03-19-2011, 12:46 AM   #5
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I'd take it over an ATV any day, but it better perform if it's gonna have looks like that.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 01:47 AM   #6
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Yeah, if that was sourced to and made by a good ATV company like Can-Am or something, I'd be on it like a fat kid on cake.

Cheap Chinese crap? Pass.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 02:07 AM   #7
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Excactly cheap chinese crap.....I have to say Ive only seen junk out of most of these knock off companies.

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Yeah, if that was sourced to and made by a good ATV company like Can-Am or something, I'd be on it like a fat kid on cake.

Cheap Chinese crap? Pass.
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Unread 03-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #8
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It amazes me how a company can flat out copy the jeep look and not face any lawsuits. Guess since their out of china?
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Unread 03-19-2011, 08:34 PM   #9
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Patent and copyright law is a little more lax in China.
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Mahindra has been making CJ 3's n 10's for years the later updated to limited's . . . Let's not forget Kia Motors has been stamping out Remakes of US-Amry trucks since 76' 1/4ton utility rigs M151 aka "Mutt" up to 2.5T n 5T 6x6s yep even the Jeep M715 n AM-General AM715 are now known as Kia KM450s . . .

At least the 1-1/4Ton 715/720/725 series remakes are Diesel powered So they got something right, Actually Kia Motors did a total revamp in 05' they are all Turbo Diesel powered 1/4T-5T GI remakes

They also added a 10T in 05'
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To be fair, they all started out making licensed copies of Jeep vehicles.
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Look at the Junk on Jeep lots these day's Jeep hasn't had a Jeep I'd buy in almost 20yrs ! ! !
Who cares if over sea's companys are copying Jeep . . . By the time they Catch up with the US Jeep will be nothing more then memories shared with friends over cold beer

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I can't say I agree there...but, on the other hand, you can still buy a real Cherokee in China, brand new.
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Mike, not sure if you realize it or not but the new Wranglers and GC's are some of the best vehicles Jeep has ever produced.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 10:35 PM   #15
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I don't know about all that, Boss lady test drove many SUV's last 3yrs and the only Jeep she liked was the 76' n 87' V8 Wagoneer's she test drove.

Me I'm not an SUV person, I drive 2dr performance cars n regular cab short bed pickups so currently there isn't a "New" Jeep of interest to me period . . .

So my statement as of currently STAND's IMO.
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