AD #1603 – China’s Sales Slow, Chevy Shows Sci-Fi Concept, JLR to Blame for Copycat Woes

April 21st, 2015 at 11:41am

Runtime: 7:24

- China’s Sales Slow
- Buick Unveils New Verano
- Chevy’s Sci-Fi Concept Car
- Honda Shows New Crossover Concept
- JLR to Blame for Copycat Woes

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31 Comments to “AD #1603 – China’s Sales Slow, Chevy Shows Sci-Fi Concept, JLR to Blame for Copycat Woes”

  1. pedro fernandez Says:

    Hey Bill, you and your ilk wanted the Chinese business and agree to play by their rules, so there you have it, enjoy your “profits” and shut your yap!

  2. G.A.Branigan Says:

    JLR didn’t do their homework,and is now getting spanked.

  3. pedro fernandez Says:

    Let those who are dying to do business with Castroland know, it will be worse than China.

  4. Brett Says:

    Because Cuba is a sprawling behemoth of a super-power, unlike China.

  5. Jon M Says:

    I’m not sure which would be more embarrassing for Mr. Speth, that he didn’t find out about how protect their IP beforehand or that he will find out after publicly complaining? Oh Mr.Speth, as any judge will tell you, ignorance is no excuse!

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The Evoque is one of the most mysterious success stories in autodom, right up there with the CLA. It’s way overpriced, and not as good as vehicles that cost about $15K less.

    OK, it Evoque’s success is not mysterious. Certain people are willing to pay a lot of money for a “prestige” name plate. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese copy will do as well, unless they can get away with copying the LR name too.

  7. HtG Says:

    At least the Honda D designers are showing that they can come up with designs for their market. Garish and overwrought front ends seem to be the preference over there, but I wish Lexus had left its Spindle Grill in that market rather than make me look at it here,

  8. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Here’s a good one,I want to order a new Promaster City wagon,got it all speced out through my bank and all ready to go.Problem: My dealer can’t order it for me as it’s closed,and he can’t get any either.Now it seems that it might be that ordering won’t be open till late summer and that will be,(supposedly) for the 2016 model.Damn…

  9. Jim Thykeson Says:

    Me. Spate should realize that China looks upon ‘copying’ as an art form. Their culture wants us to congratulate them when they replicate a famous brand! Lastly, you can’t send all your manufacturing to a place thats notorious for copying and not expect this to happen.

  10. HtG Says:

    Officer Bob Speed

    Smokey has a new tactic around here. On a long straight, an officer stands in a seeming driveway by the side of the road dressed in all black. No patrol car in sight(it’s parked behind the bushes on that little side road that you thought was a driveway). As you approach, the officer raises his arm and aims a tiny, black radar gun at you, then quickly lowers his arm. He can get traffic coming and going.

    He’ll let you go 35 in a 30 zone, which should really be a 40.

  11. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Although I have only seen it once,a city motorcycle cop dressed in black,riding what appears to be an all black ninja or the like,parks on the side of the road and uses a very small radar gun.When he goes after someone that whole bike seems to light up with flashers that are really hidden well.Like I said I only seen it once,and that was last summer.Maybe an experiment?

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 It sounds like the Promaster City is like Hellcat Challengers and Chargers. They must have underestimated the demand.

  13. HtG Says:

    That’s the scene I had come upon an hour earlier going the opposite direction, but with a couple of cars already pulled into the side street. I thought at the time the cop was helping them or doing security for the houses on the side road.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:


    That ~166hp 1.5 turbo in the new Chinese Verano will soon show up in various U.S. market vehicles, like Encore, where the 1.4 turbo has always been criticized for being inadequate.

  15. C-Tech Says:

    may I be the first to say it “JLR Evoque design Shanghai’d by Landwind in China”.

  16. C-Tech Says:

    @ #10 & #11 City and county revenue raising has always fallen to the police or sheriff’s dept. Sadly these tactics do not raise respect for police nor do they help stop real crime. Many officers do not like these types of patrols either.

  17. C-Tech Says:

    G.A. its seems FCA’s problems with growth are internal. No wonder Sergio can’t reach his sales targets.

  18. C-Tech Says:

    G.A. I am just curious why you chose the Promaster over the Transit Connect? It seems Ford dealers have plenty of them in stock.

  19. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ C-Tech: It was an easy choice.Transit connect doesn’t have a removable rear seat for one.Also to get the same in size as the PMC I would need the long TC which has a third row seat which I also don’t need or want.Handling for the pmc is better then the tc with all the reviews I have watched,and the styling for the pmc looks much better.I drove a tc wagon several years ago and in truth,nothing about it that I liked.

    Here’s the kicker,I am on the ford x-plan,have been for decades,but they just don’t float my boat at all.I also like the 2.4L I4 that is NOT gdi,and I like the 9 spd auto.Load carrying inside the pmc is just a shade over 1800lbs,and handles very well when loaded down.Load space between the wheel wells is 48.4″.Lots to like for me.

  20. pedro fernandez Says:

    4 no but they just won’t pay for anything they’re sold.

  21. XA351GT Says:

    Wow , that Honda Concept D is FUG -LEE. Who designed that a blind 4 YO? Are they trying to unseat Nissan for having the ugliest cars on the road?

  22. HtG Says:


    Speaking of that Evoque copy, this weekend I saw a car in a parking lot from the side that had me thinking Audi A7 or BMW 7series. Nope. It was the Hyundai Genesis. Such a copycat.

    Not that my steel Timex watch isn’t ripping off Rolex.

  23. HtG Says:


    21 The fugglification of our roads is irreversible now that Chinese preferences are driving the industry. Come on now, Audi, you’re doing it too.

  24. HtG Says:

    …and the spam settings on the server win again…

  25. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 The Genesis also has a very Bentleyesque looking emblem.

  26. C-Tech Says:

    @ #24 Bingo !

  27. Brett Says:


    Maybe if they had American tourist dollars rolling in, they could afford to buy stuff.

  28. ukendoit Says:

    #10, When I lived in St Louis, there was periodically a cop that would stand in my neighborhood in the street with his radar gun. When he clocked you speeding, he would step towards your car and point for you to pull over. Being a neighborhood, the speed limit was 25MPH, but the non-striped street was easily wide enough to be at least 4 lanes wide. Good money maker for STL County.
    Also in my led footed days, Illinois reposessed several sports cars from some local drug dealers and fitted them with lights to be unmarked police cars. You could be pulled over by an unmarked Camero, Mustang, etc. Very difficult to spot those!

  29. HtG Says:

    I’m guessing another part of this game is to teach the locals that the street is a speed trap. This way more traffic acts as a physical speed limit against would be, witless speeders.

  30. Brett Says:

    I’ve always understood that any time I saw one of those self-contained “traffic calming unit” trailers that show your speed and blink if you are speeding, that I should anticipate LEOs writing tickets on that route sometime soon.

    Hyundai Genesis? I’d own one in a heartbeat if I could afford one. Same for the Equus.

  31. Larry Skellion Says:

    Sorry John, have to disagree… Theft is theft! Call JLR out for not being prudent, but Please don’t give credence to the Chinese culture of ripping companies off. Making it sound like it’s JLR’s fault for China’s dishonest culture of copycatting which has gone on for decades!