UK-based carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is celebrating its court victory over a Chinese rival’s copycat car in a rare victory for a foreign car manufacturer in China.
The Jaguar Land Rover’s Evoque entered the Chinese market in 2011, with the luxury SUV currently retailing at around 375,800 yuan ($55,800).
However, three years later, local car maker Jiangling Motors launched a remarkably similar vehicle called the Landwind X7, retailing at around a third of the Evoque.
In 2016 Land Rover sued the company.
On Friday a court in Beijing ruled that the Landwind plagiarized the Evoque on five major features, and ordered Jiangling to cease production, sales and marketing.
The case is a landmark for foreign carmakers bringing such cases to the Chinese courts.