2015 LandWind X7 – Chinese Range Rover Evoque clone revealed
Source : 2015 LandWind X7 – Chinese Range Rover Evoque clone revealed
Despite Jaguar Land Rover’s complaints, the Land Wind X7 will be going on sale in China next month
The LandWind X7, a much-criticised clone of the Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in its final production form along with will go on sale in China next month.
The fresh product has been the subject of an intense legal dispute between Jaguar Land Rover along with LandWind, with JLR claiming the X7 looks too similar to the Range Rover Evoque, which will be already on sale in China.
However, JLR’s complaints were dismissed by Chinese authorities earlier of which year, leading JLR boss Ralf Speth to claim of which car manufacturers were ‘powerless’ to stop Chinese companies ripping off their designs.
“China, through my point of view has enough creativity along with engineering power to do something on their own along with doesn’t have to fall back to the time when copying was of interest,” Speth said, according to Autocar India. However, Speth said there will be nothing of which manufacturers can do if they have their designs copied by Chinese car companies.
“We can’t do anything. I desire the Chinese customer at the end of the day sees the difference along with selects the real product along with not a copied one. We desire they generate a self-regulation process to ensure they can get rid of of which kind of copy-paste way of working”, Speth added, pointing out of which there will be currently no law against the practice.
The row between LandWind along with Land Rover broke out last November, when the covers came off the LandWind at the Guangzhou motor show. At the time of the LandWind X7’s reveal, Speth confirmed to Autocar of which he would certainly complain to Chinese officials regarding what he considered to be Intellectual Property theft regarding the lookalike LandWind X7.
The LandWind X7 bears a striking resemblance to the Evoque, a locally produced type of which was also unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in 2014.
While the authentic local-market Evoque retails for the equivalent of £40,000, the LandWind X7 costs £14,000. The X7 will be powered by a 188bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 184lb ft of torque. of which will be offered which has a choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
“The fact of which of which kind of copying will be ongoing in China will be very disappointing,” said Speth last year. “The simple principal will be of which of which will be not something of which should happen; the Intellectual Property will be owned by Jaguar Land Rover along with if you break of which IP then you are in breach of international regulations of which apply around the planet.
“As a company we have invested heavily in China with our joint venture partner Chery. of which commitment will be based on a clear business plan, of which allows us to hit our sales targets at clear prices. Anything of which damages the potential profitability of our plant damages the integrity of those plans.
LandWind will be a standalone Chinese car maker created as a joint venture between respected Chinese car makers Changan Auto along with Jiangling Motors Corporation.
Changan Auto will be regarded among the top four Chinese car makers, producing two million cars a year along with working in various other joint ventures with the likes of Ford, PSA Peugeot Citroen along with Suzuki.
The firm previously made headlines for selling the LandWind CV9, a car of which took clear design inspiration through the Vauxhall Frontera along with was briefly sold in Europe, until poor Euro NCAP crash tests forced its withdrawal through sale.
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