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Chinese carmaker blatantly copies Ford F-150

Posted Jan 31st 2012 5:30PM

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China's F-150 aping JAC 4R3 pickup

The Ford F-150 has just picked up a doppelganger in China. According to CarNewsChina, Jianghuai Auto Corporation has just unveiled its new 4R3 pickup, and sure enough, the vehicle looks to be a near carbon copy of America's best-selling truck. JAC reportedly wants to provide buyers in China, Africa and South America with a larger, inexpensive work vehicle. While the appearances of the Ford F-Series and 4R3 visuals differ ever so slightly, the similarities far outweigh the incongruities. According to CNC, JAC is a fairly small automaker in the People's Republic that specializes in re-bodied Hyundai cars, SUVs and pickups.

Word has it the 4R3 will be powered by a 2.8-litre diesel four-cylinder engine generating a laughable 108 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. There's no word on cost at this point. The JAC 4R3 is set to debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April, though there's no telling how long the vehicle will be on the market before the company gets a call from the lawyers in Dearborn. Head over to CarNewsChina.com for a better look at the F-150 twin.

News Source: CarNewsChina.com

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hillbillyburg

I think you guys have it all wrong. The components that make up the F150 and most Fords these days are allready made in China, shipped to the US or Mexico, assembled here and put into a Made in America cardboard box. So all this Chinese car company did was to take items it builds and assemble them themselves to be sold. JAC cut out the middleman, FORD!

January 31 2012 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dmartin.dave

Very true, haha Ford is practically chinese considering the points you stated.

February 01 2012 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply