Chinese copycat cars: how do they get away with it?

Following Land Rover's legal success against the Evoque's Chinese copycat, we look at some other examples of familiar far-eastern fakes

Jaguar Land Rover has won a significant case in the Chinese courts against Jiangling Motors. Until recently, the Chinese car manufacturer produced a very convincing (and much cheaper) parody of the Range Rover Evoque; an issue which JLR disputed on the grounds of copyright infringement and unfair competition.

However, JLR aren’t the first Continue reading “Chinese copycat cars: how do they get away with it?”

Land Rover wins court dispute over Chinese copycat

Land Rover has announced its success in a legal battle regarding the similarity between the Evoque and the Chinese-made LandWind X7

Jaguar Land Rover has won a legal battle against the Chinese car manufacturer, Jiangling, after raising a case of copyright infringement in 2016. Until now, the Chinese firm has sold an SUV which bears a clear resemblance to the Range Rover Evoque, called the LandWind X7, which the Chinese judicial system has now deemed unsuitable for sale.

The Beijing Continue reading “Land Rover wins court dispute over Chinese copycat”

New 2019 MINI Clubman facelift caught completely uncovered

The MINI Hatchback’s practical Clubman sibling is due for a refresh, and we’ve got exclusive pictures

The next MINI due for renewal is the Clubman estate, and according to these fresh spy shots, a facelifted version of MINI’s barn-doored Volkswagen Golf rival is due to hit showrooms imminently.

Our spy photographers seem to have ambushed the updated car during a press shoot, indicating the immediacy of its arrival. As such, we expect the updated car to go on sale by the summer. Continue reading “New 2019 MINI Clubman facelift caught completely uncovered”

Bloodhound SSC’s 1,000mph land-speed record attempt saved

A private investor has bought the Bloodhound SSC programme, following its recent financial collapse

Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, managing director of the Barnsley engineering firm Melett, has bought the Bloodhound SSC programme, saving the 1,000mph land-speed record attempt from failure.

Late last year, Project Bloodhound collapsed. It entered into voluntary administration in October 2018 after it failed to attract new investors and, after two months of struggle, was set to Continue reading “Bloodhound SSC’s 1,000mph land-speed record attempt saved”

All-electric Porsche Cayenne under discussion

Porsche’s flagship SUV could go electric as bosses discuss it’s the Cayenne’s future

The next Porsche Cayenne could be sold as a fully electric car after company bosses revealed that discussions are taking place about the SUVs future.

The German brand has recently accelerated its plans for electric vehicles by confirming the next-generation of Macan, due in 2021, will become the firm’s third fully electric model following on from the Taycan saloon and Taycan Cross Turismo estate. Continue reading “All-electric Porsche Cayenne under discussion”

Fisker solid-state batteries won’t arrive until at least 2022

Teaser for Fisker electric SUV

As part of its latest revelation of a new, mainstream electric SUV for 2021, startup automaker Fisker (the eponymous founder’s second under his own name), implicitly made a somewhat startling admission: The solid-state batteries the company has been working on may not be ready any time soon.

Founded by Henrik Fisker, the former BMW designer who built the original Fisker Karma (now the Karma Revero, produced by a different company), Fisker originally planned Continue reading “Fisker solid-state batteries won’t arrive until at least 2022”

2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric car range: Why the short circuit?

2019 Jaguar I-Pace – Portland, November 2018

It’s not unusual for fuel gauges on gasoline cars to be inaccurate. Often they can hug “Full” so long you might suspect it’s malfunctioning—only to then swing rapidly toward the halfway mark and below.

Usually these idiosyncrasies are no big deal. When the low-fuel light and chime prompt you, you’re almost always within distance of a gas station, where you can fuel up and be back on your way in minutes.

For electric cars, the same is Continue reading “2019 Jaguar I-Pace electric car range: Why the short circuit?”

Jaguar I-Pace range, electric BMWs, Ford factories, Fisker batteries: Today’s Car News

Volvo in-car camera system

BMW plans to have 10 plug-in models by next year. Ford announces where it plans to build a wider array of upcoming electric cars. Fisker postpones plans for solid-state batteries. And we assess why the Jaguar I-Pace has made us more anxious than other EVs. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

At its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, BMW laid out plans to sell more electric cars, including 12 all-electric models by 2025.

Ford announced that it will Continue reading “Jaguar I-Pace range, electric BMWs, Ford factories, Fisker batteries: Today’s Car News”

Do You Know Enough About Electric Cars To Take The Plunge?

Conflicting and confusing information on the latest generation of battery electric vehicles has created a ‘knowledge gap’ for potential buyers, holding them back from choosing an EV as their next purchase, a new White Paper from the UK’s leading consumer champion and new car buying platform, What Car? has found.

This is despite 2019 being set to become the year of the electric vehicle, with up to 20 new models scheduled to be launched. Meanwhile, whatcar.com traffic data suggests Continue reading “Do You Know Enough About Electric Cars To Take The Plunge?”

New Porsche Cayenne Coupe unveiled and on sale from May 2019

Porsche jumps on the coupe-SUV bandwagon with the Cayenne Coupe, a new rival for the BMW X6

Porsche has released a coupe version of its Cayenne SUV. Priced from £62,129, the new model will reach UK showrooms in May this year, tasked with muscling-in on the BMW X6’s market.

The Cayenne Coupe’s styling adheres to the coupe-SUV rulebook. At the front, it’s almost identical to the standard Cayenne, but the roofline from the B-pillar back has a steeper rake and the rear window tapers Continue reading “New Porsche Cayenne Coupe unveiled and on sale from May 2019”