Ford's partner, Zotye, already builds a Smart Fortwo EV clone, a Porsche
Macan knockoff and other deeply inspired models.
Ford has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Zotye, a Chinese automaker best
known in the West for its bold knockoffs of Volkswagen Group and Daimler
The new entity, known as Zotye Ford Automobile Co, will focus on building a
range of "stylish and affordable" electric vehicles for consumers in China.
Zotye already offers an affordable small EV for local buyers. The
all-electric E200 carries a striking resemblance to the Smart Fortwo, but
with just 24 horsepower and a top speed of around 50 mph.
The company's T600 crossover appears to take a bit of inspiration from the
Volkswagen Touareg, while the SR9 appears to be an affordable Chinese
alternative to the Porsche Macan.
Zotye is said to be the market leader in China's all-electric small vehicle
segment with sales of 22,500 vehicles this year through the end of October,
perhaps explaining Ford's willingness to overlook any intellectual property