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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is suing Chinese carmaker Jiangling Motor for copying the British marque’s Range Rover Evoque, according to a report by Reuters. The model in question is of course the infamous Landwind X7, which made its debut in 2014. As you can clearly see, JLR certainly has a strong case.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to spot the similarities between the Evoque and the Landwind X7, and even if you do find any dissimilarities, Landwind dealers in China are able to offer a range of aftermarket parts that will make the X7 look like a carbon copy of the original Evoque.

Previously, Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR, stated it was “powerless” to stop Chinese companies from copying their designs. In China, the odds are stacked against carmakers when it comes to legal action involving copyright and unfair competition. Even then, a lawsuit can be a long and gruelling process.

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For instance, Honda took 12 years to win a case in China against several companies for blatantly copying its CR-V with models like the Huabei RV, Shaunghuan SRV and Xin Kai Auto SRV. The Japanese carmaker had initially sought 300 million yuan (RM186,144,144) in compensation but was only awarded 16 million yuan (RM9,933,483) in the end.

However, this change of heart is certainly good news for other carmakers who are victim to copycats. Should JLR win its case against Jiangling Motor, it will set a precedent, and will likely invite other companies to take legal action against Chinese car manufacturers, according to a lawyer at the Zhong Lun Law firm.

GALLERY: Landwind X7


GALLERY: Range Rover Evoque (the real one)