Panda to Peri, “Brother?”
Ã¢Great Wall denies copying FiatÃ¢ is the headline over at the China Daily news website. We thought it was a bit wierd, The Great Wall copying Fiat. Then we remembered the Chinese Car company, Great Wall. It seems Fiat is a bit irked that the Great Wall looks pretty much identical in every single way to the latest generation Fiat Panda. A spokesmen for Great Wall said Ã¢Ã¢We never copy car designs from other automakers. It took two years for our own design team to develop the PeriÃ¢ what the other half of the sentence probably should say is Ã¢by copying images we found of the internet, and because my friends cousin, Li Ming, rented a Panda when he was on a guided tour of Rome last summer, he took all the measurements for us!Ã¢ The China Daily news article ends with the sentence Ã¢The company is one of the few Chinese automakers that develops and produces its own models rather than manufacturing foreign brands under licenseÃ¢
This is the reason why I never buy the China Daily anymore, even if it is the only domestic English language newspaper available in China.