This has to be one of the easiest lists of all time. It practically writes itself with one word: "China." For sure, China's proclivities for building shameless knock-offs of Western products are so well-known they're practically a punchline at this point. But believe it or not, slightly less-than-original concepts have been known to come from other places as well.
A lot of them are from Japan and Korea, whose epic knockoffs could also easily number in the hundreds. But Americans and Europeans have seen their fair share of wannabes, too. Worldwide, some blatant rip-offs like the Acura NSX, Mazda Miata, and Chrysler 300C went on to some degree of fame. And one Toyota of note quickly became a classic in its own time. Others, like the Chery QQ, have become more infamous than famous.
The lesson here: If you're going to build a blatant rip-off, at least make it better than the design you're stealing. You never know when a Ranker author is going to come along and compare cars side by side. If these similar cars look familiar, now you know why. For comparison's sake, check out this list of cars that look like other cars.
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First Generation Toyota CelicaPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYNo, that's not a 1970 Mustang Mach 1 that got shrunk in the drier - it's the 1977 Toyota Celica. Trying to break into the American market with a sports car of its own, Toyota did the smart thing and ripped the lines off of every Mustang and AMC AMX it could find. Opinions are still mixed, but most would agree the first generation Celica is still the best looking of its line.Agree or disagree?
- 6115 VOTESPhoto: Philip Roeland / FlickrIn the long a shameful history of Chinese rip-offs, perhaps none has been so infamously shameless as the Chery QQ. It was such a direct copy of the Daewoo Matiz/Chevrolet Spark that many of the body panels and mechanical bits are interchangeable. Also, the Chery name itself is a deliberate perversion of "Chevy," meant to be audibly indistinguishable in a language that pronounces "v" as "r."Agree or disagree?
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Kia K9Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYI'd like to think that when Kia's American marketing division first saw this blatant BMW 7-Series rip-off, its English-speaking project manager suggested "K9" three hours before quitting.Agree or disagree?
- 8155 VOTESPhoto: CARL SPENCER / FlickrIn what must be the most shameless example of brand exploitation in history, GM desperately tried to pass this Suburban in a Halloween costume off as a successor to the military-spec H1. They sold plenty of them, but that doesn't make this travesty anything more than the total poser it was.Agree or disagree?