Car Logo Ripoffs from Around the World.

The Chinese have long been known for their ability to duplicate products and technologies in record time and bring them to market faster and more cheaply than any established manufacturer could ever dream. But whereas we may only see the Chinese as the great product knock-off  artists that they are, we often overlook other countries’ abilities when it comes to the fine art of the R&D (Rip-off & Duplicate) as is demonstrated by these fine car logo creations from around the world (but mostly China).

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BMW (Bavaria) vs.  BYD (China).

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Lamborghini (Italy) vs. Arash (UK)

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Mazda (Japan) vs. Haima (China)

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Aston Martin (England) vs. Hyundai Genesis (Korea)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Changan(China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Jincheng, (China)

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Toyota(Japan) vs. Xiali (China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Merry (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Chery (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Suzhou (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs.  Huaxiang (China)

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Mercedes (Germany) vs.  BAW (China)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. Mahindra (India)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. First Auto Works (China)

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Subaru (Japan) vs. Jiangnan, (China)

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Pegaso (Spain) vs. Carlsson (Germany)

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Jeep vs. Geep (The Philippines)

The 15 Most Iconic Cars from movies

Well being the lover of lists that I am, I put together my picks for the 15 most iconic cars from the movies. Feel free to let me know how you feel about my list…what would you add or take away?

15. Lamborghini Countach from Canonball Run
This was the first time I really noticed the Lamborghini…what a car!

14. BMW Z3 from Goldeneye
It was our first chance to see the new Beamer and what a showing it was. (NB. video is not from the movie)

13. Eleanor from Gone in Sixty Seconds
I don’t know what Nicholas Cage was talking about but lots of people would consider themselves lucky to have a car like that.

12.”Black Moon” from Black Moon Rising
Nothing is more Rad than a super-futuristic 80’s sports car.

11. Bumble Bee from The Transformers Movie
Because we all wish to be blessed with such an awesome babe magnet!

10. Lightening McQueen from Cars
Loveable, NASCAR, Disney, Pixar, kids…all the great ingredients for marketing magic (minus the cute puppies)

9. Blues Brothers Police Car from The Blues Brothers
How much did this scene cost to film this scene?

8. Eco 1 from The Ghostbusters movies
A converted ambulance…what genius!

7. Christine from Christine
To this day I still get antsy whenever I see a Plymouth Fury…especially in Red.

6. Ford Gran Tourino from Starsky & Hutch
Back when Ford stood for great american cars, rather than “Fix or Replace Daily”. One of my favorite TV shows ever, I watched Starsky and Hutch religiously (in re-runs) as a kid. If this were a TV car list this would be way higher.

5. The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard
It took me years before I realised that there really was no common technology that would allow you to flip a switch and make your car jump. That Dodge Challenger has one of the most awesome sounding engines ever.

4. Bandit 1 from Smokey and The Bandit
Oh I long for the days when beer haulin’, basset hound having, Trans Am driving movie heroes meant top spot at the Box Office.

3. The Batmobile from Batman
When batman first came out, I thought this was the most incredible vehicle ever (next to K.I.T.T of course :).

2. Herbie from The Lovebug
Back when men were men and cars were living ’63 Volkswagen Beetles.

1. DMC-12 from Back to the Future.
Time circuits on, flux capacitor fluxing…Engine…D’ oh! I guess that’s one reason why De Lorean never quite made it commercially the first time.
(Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, Deloreans are back in production in Houston)

Honorable Mention:
K.I.T.T. The most awesome car to hit the big or small screen :) and my personal favorite.
(So..hurry up with the Knight Rider movie already!)

Mini Coopers from the original Italian Job – starring Michael Caine.
Stuntmen back in the day were pretty daring…especially without the fancy remote control systems and CGI we have today.

The Mustang GT fastback from Bullitt
One of the earliest and most influential car chase scenes of the movies came from Bullitt.