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A Zotye thinks it is a Toyota in China

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Here we have a very schizophrenic car, parked on a parking lot close to my home in Beijing. It is a Zotye 2008 mini SUV but badged as a Toyota. Car-buyers can get these badges right at the dealer, no need for the after market. Things though get even worse:

China Zotye Toyota copy

Now, it is a Peugeot as well… The Toyota-connection is funny because right at this moment Zotye is working hard to bring the Z300 sedan to the market which is a blatant copy of the Toyota Allion.

China Zotye Toyota copy

The Zotye 2008 is a kinda copy of the Daihatsu Terios. I say kinda because Zotye actually paid license fees for the body panels. The engines come from Mitsubishi, buyers can choose a 1.3 or a 1.5. As you can see on the door this Zoyta/Toyota/Peugeot joined the WRC. Good car.

China Zotye Toyota copy

Big wing and big wheels clearly designed for rallying.

China Zotye Toyota copy

The 2008 is very FWD.

Zotye 2008.

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  1. As the story I heard goes, these Terios dies of the Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu, made there way to Taiwan and were sold slightly used to Zotye on the mainland.

    Shameful copying aside, little Zotye is a spunky company…somehow surviving in the shadows of giants.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to Tycho!
    And thanks for such tenacious coverage of the CAI during 2011.
    With that I now raise my glass of cheap wine and say, CHEERS!


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