The Zotye 2008
Can you tell which is the Diahatsu Tarios and which is the Chinese made Zotye 2008? Probably not.
The Zotye 2008, made by the Chinese company Zhong Tai and named in honor of the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. You may think that the Zotye 2008, known as the Zotye Xplosion (A damned good name for a car, we think) in export markets, looks a little like the Daihatsu Tarios. You wouldnt be far wrong, its made under license from Diahatsu parent company, Toyota. The Tarios is also available in China, which is made via joint venture between Toyota (Toyota bought Daihatsu in 1999) and the Chinese automaker FAW/First Automotive Works. The Zotye comes with a 1.6L Mitsubishi supplied engine and costs around 60,000RMB per unit. The Daihatsu is equipped with a 1.3l engine and costs a whopping 130,000RMB, almost double the Zotye.