The conceptual electric car Punk Cat from the Ora brand, which is part of the Great Wall concern, attracted the attention of not only a wide audience, but also Volkswagen. The fact is that the car almost exactly copies the “Beetle”, and now lawyers have to determine whether its appearance is a reference to the classics or pure plagiarism.
Ora unveiled the Punk Cat at the Shanghai Auto Show. The novelty was immediately nicknamed “the revived Beetle” for its obvious resemblance to the German classics, despite the four-door body: it received a sloping roof, a similar silhouette, an almost identical trunk line, protruding headlights and chrome bumpers with “fangs”.
The exterior of the Punk Cat is made in a retro style, but the equipment of the electric car is modern. It is equipped with fully diode optics and light-alloy wheels, and the cabin has a virtual round “tidy”, a large touchscreen of the multimedia complex and an audio system with speakers in the doors.
The power plant of the Great Wall concept was not disclosed. It is possible that the electric car shared it with the previously presented Ora Good Cat, which is equipped with a battery with a capacity of 47.8 or 59.1 kilowatt-hours. The range, depending on the battery, varies from 400 to 500 kilometers according to the local standard.
Volkswagen said its legal department has already started checking the Chinese electric vehicle for design theft. In the worst case, Great Wall faces a lawsuit.
“We are checking whether the copyright of Volkswagen AG has been infringed and we reserve the right to take any necessary legal steps,” Carscoops is quoted as saying as a representative of the German concern.
However, Volkswagen should hurry to make a decision: according to the Chinese media, the Ora Punk Cat will take on serial incarnation and will be on the assembly line before the end of this year.
At the end of last year, a similar case was a losing one for Jeep, which tried to ban Mahindra from selling a Roxor model suspiciously similar to the Wrangler CJ in the US. The American court initially supported the compatriots, but then sided with the Indian brand, allowing the sale of a restyled version of the SUV.