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article imageChina Rolls Out Rolls-Royce Clone

By Alakananda Mookerjee     May 4, 2009 in World
For years, Shenzhen, China’s manufacturing hub, has been cranking out a slew of counterfeit merchandise—everything from fake designer handbags, expensive watches, cheap DVDs, cell phones and even, sham art masterpieces.
But the fake-goods industry appears to have climbed several notches higher in the value chain. At the recently held 2009 Shanghai auto expo, the Chinese auto industry rolled out a knockoff of the British ultra-luxury car Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The cloned model—called Geely GE—has almost the same specs as the original, but with a price tag of £30,000, it is significantly cheaper than the original, which costs £250,000.
From Telegraph:
The 5.4 meter prototype, painted black and given pride of place on a raised plinth in the middle of Geely's stand is undeniably based on the shape of the Rolls in the shape of its cabin, windows and down-sloping rear deck.
Reacting to the development, Roll-Royce spokesman told the Daily Mail “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is very protective of its brand image and takes seriously any attempt to imitate its products.” Further, he added that the company is “keeping its options open and is in consultation with its legal advisers."
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