CarNewsChina.com on DetroitNews.com

Published on February 15, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

CarNewsChina.com on DetroitNews.com

Yesterday was another party day for CarNewsChina.com, for the first time us little website was quoted on the mighty Detroit News, the newspaper for carpersons working at Ford and GM, and for their families.

The story of course was about the JAC 4R3 Ford F150 clone which we made famous late last month. At this moment, almost 24 hours after it was published, the story is still the Most Popular on DetroitNews.  And even better, DetNews actually called Ford to see what they had to say about the 43R.

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DetroitNews talked to Mike Levine, a Ford spokesman and CarNewsChina reader (hello!). He said:

“We’re aware of it and we’re investigating. We’re just trying to get an idea of what’s going on with the vehicle and haven’t decided what our next steps might be. We don’t know if it would be legal action; we’re just investigating our next steps.”

That is indeed likely the best thing to do now. After all, at this moment the 4R3 is nothing more than a prototype or a pre-production car. We have only seen one example so far. Things might change however if JAC starts mass-production but even then going to court in China won’t be easy.

Ford has to prove the 4R3 is indeed a 1:1 copy and it has to prove that JAC knew about the F150. The court won’t automatically assume it did because the F150 is not available on the Chinese market.

To be continued…


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  1. hanzel- February 15, 2012 Reply

    congratulations Tycho 🙂

  2. oleksa- February 15, 2012 Reply

    Congrats! Nice to see CNC becoming known worldwide.

  3. Carl- February 15, 2012 Reply

    sure there will be more…

  4. Shrawan Raja- February 15, 2012 Reply

    awesome! The blog’s growing, doing well..keep this up, more to come 🙂

  5. b-lalala- February 15, 2012 Reply

    Great, next: New York Times!

  6. playerschinaadmin- February 16, 2012 Reply

    this is wwww.playerschina.com spyshot!

  7. playerschinaadmin- February 16, 2012 Reply


    1. Tycho de Feyter- February 17, 2012 Reply

      @ PlayersChina. Hello! You have been credited in my original story:

      http://www.carnewschina.com/2012/01/31/spy-shots-jac-4r3-pickup-truck-from-china-is-gunning-for-the-ford-f150/ .

      I always link to your site when I use your pics. Detroit News does what it does, I have no say on their stories.



  8. Carlos Cabrera- February 17, 2012 Reply

    Great, maybe you will have sponsors to you web page from the china´s manufacturers.

  9. Jeff- February 18, 2012 Reply

    Wow, great news for my favorite car-site in China! Make me happy to come from Michigan and live in China and see my two worlds collide…

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