Brilliance A3 – Chinese Knock-Off Of Popular BMW X1

Interesting | March 26th, 2011 by 14
Brilliance-A3-BMW-X1-Front

Brilliance Automotive, BMW’s partner in China, reveals their new A3 model. Bound for Shanghai Motor Show, the A3 compact SUV features an Audi name and …

Brilliance Automotive, BMW’s partner in China, reveals their new A3 model. Bound for Shanghai Motor Show, the A3 compact SUV features an Audi name and closely resembles the popular BMW X1 SAV.

Starting with the front grille and double round headlights, Brilliance A3′s design looks like a cheap knock-off of the BMW design language and its core elements. At the rear, the taillights fortunately doesn’t resemble the ones found on the X1, but still remind of a BMW typical light.

It is reported that the Brilliance A3 SUV will be offered with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine sourced from Mitsubishi’s local division.

Brilliance A3   Chinese Knock Off Of Popular BMW X1

Interesting is the fact that BMW has a close partnership with Brilliance Automotive. In November 2009, BMW and its Chinese partner Brilliance announced their plans to build a second production plant at the Shenyang site. The investment volume for the new plant amounts to 560 million euros and the construction work was scheduled to begin in 2010, with the start of production slated for early 2012.

Located in Shenyang in Northeast China, upon completion of the second plant there will be a total annual production capacity of 100,000 units. The production will be ramping up to around 200,000 units by 2012 and BMW plans to establish more production lines in their Chinese plants.

Brilliance A3   Chinese Knock Off Of Popular BMW X1

Geely and Shuanghuan are two other Chinese automakers that in the past have been under fire for copying the design of the X5 SAV and Rolls-Royce Phatom, respectively.

[Source: Carscoop ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/clintonac Clinton Alexander Campbell

    My stomach just turned

  • http://www.facebook.com/clintonac Clinton Alexander Campbell

    My stomach just turned

  • Drifter

    WOW. That’s just too much. A country with over a billion people and can’t find a good designer to be original.

  • Frederico Silva

    AHAH, did you notice the A/C button installed in the wrong side? Or is that just the rotating neutral position? xD

  • MSN

    Just can not, can not understand tht with sooo much money “enough to buy truck loads of American junk bonds”, they cant hire a SINGLE descent auto designer . . i feel pitiful thez guys hav made this sick carbon-copying ther national etho

  • Pingback: Brilliance A3 – Chinese Knock-Off Of Popular BMW X1 - Car News

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Neri/1514258855 Ivan Neri

    Yeah! The Chinese is better than the German: BMW change the way until you still have time!

  • EMPOWER

    they wont be able to put into production they are just showcasing what they have learnt

  • EMPOWER

    anyway its just history repeating the west copied Chinese pottery so they would not have to buy it from the chinese. wedgwood willow pattern china wear which kick started western retail

  • Pingback: Surprising knock-off goods from Japan | RocketNews24

3D Design 125 125 125 125 Endurance Warranty

Find us on Facebook

BMWBLOG

NEWSLETTER