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Two weeks ago, we saw that China’s Jianghuai Automobile Co. (JAC) recreated its own version of Ford’s F-150 pickup truck to an amusing level of detail. According to The Detroit News, JAC now plans to unveil its 4R3 pickup at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show.
Copying Ford design cues to even sport the F-150 grill and big blue oval badge, the JAC successfully mimicked the pickup’s brawny appearance to a tee. However, the JAC 4R3 receives its power from a rather un-Ford-like, gutless, 2.8-liter diesel engine with just a little over 100-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque.
Aware of its clone, Ford has yet to decide the best way to approach JAC on the matter.
“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,” Ford spokesman Mike Levine told the Detroit News.
Chinese knockoffs are anything but rare and it’s really not surprising to see something like this from JAC. That said, Ford may actually struggle to sue the state-owned automaker because doing so would likely require filing against the Chinese government, which might not ever hear the case.
Despite the obvious design ripoff, it might be easier and cheaper for Ford to let the wimpy clone live in the true truck’s shadow, rather than taking legal action.
GALLERY: JAC 4R3
[Source: Detroit News]
We have to give credit where credit is due. One thing that the Chinese automakers are clearly excelling at is perfecting the art of copying existing vehicles. The newest victim is the Ford F-150 which JAC Motors out in China has just pulled off with surprising accuracy.
Set to debut in April at the Beijing Motor Show, the JAC 4R3 looks almost identical to the Ford F-150 SuperCrew from bumper to bumper. What’s worse is that JAC is not one of Ford’s partners. What’s most humorous is that the 4R3 will be powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine with just 108 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The 4R3 obviously won’t warrant the same heavy duty work as the F-150 and is probably lighter weight which allows it to get away with such a weak powerplant.
What’s next from the Chinese automakers? A clone of a Rolls-Royce Phantom?
GALLERY: JAC 4R3
[Source: Auto Home]