China: Wuling brand prepping a BMW i3 copycat image

While the Chinese regulators are on an all out war mainly against foreign brands for reportedly charging customers a lot more on spare parts, services and even cars, the local brands can’t get enough mirroring them.

The latest story in the Chinese automotive copycat saga is an electric one, as spy shots circulating in Chinese media depict the latest model coming from the Wuling brand. Called the City Car, the model is an electric vehicle that sources its inspiration in BMW’s i3 all-electric model. Even the name could be subject to acid comments from the Bavarian maker, as the i3 itself is dubbed as a “city car.”

According to the report, the new Wuling City Car will make its first appearance as a concept car during the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, with the production model scheduled for a Chinese release early next year.

Besides the distinctive i3 feel – especially when seeing the car from the side – not much is known about the car, with the powertrain surrounded in mystery – but as the name implies a total urban usage we’re not expecting the i3 copycat to be very fast.

In case you didn’t know the brand-naming scheme in China, the Wuling is a division of the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, where the US automaker has a 43% stake. While it’s not above the commanding 50% threshold, we’re really hoping the executives at GM will feel ashamed of the new Wuling City Car and maybe operate some last-minute design changes.

Via Car News China