Foton Big General is latest Chinese car to be called out for 'copying' a Ford

Netizens have spent extra hours drawing design comparisons between Big General and F-150, some even urging Ford to take legal action.
By HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 24 Sep 2020, 03:56 PM
Foton's Da Jiang Jun which translates to The Big General.
Foton's Da Jiang Jun which translates to The Big General.

Chinese automakers getting influenced by western companies when designing their vehicles is notoriously famous across the world. From small cars to sedans and even SUVs, several Chinese companies have been either legally charged or called out on social media for having cars that are often clearly near-identical twins of their western counterparts.

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Little wonder then that the Foton Big General has been getting a whole lot of attention recently for apparantly looking very, very similar to the Ford F-150.

(Also read: Chinese EV maker called out for 'copying' Tesla website's design, presentation)

Named Da Jiang Jun - which means The Big General, the vehicle has reportedly been readied by Foton Motor for the upcoming Beijing Auto Show which begins from September 26. As per a report in Ford Authority, not only does Big General have similar dimensions to the Ford F-150, the truck also has identical head lights and a very similar side profile as well.

(Also read: Chinese company at it again? Ford Bronco's design 'copied' days after launch)

Netizens have spent extra hours drawing design comparisons between Big General and F-150, some even urging Ford to take legal action.

File photo of a 2021 F-150 that was recently unveiled by Ford Motor.
File photo of a 2021 F-150 that was recently unveiled by Ford Motor.

Mechanically though, Big General won't be much of a match against the F-150's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. Instead, the Chinese offering is expected to shelter a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2.0 litre and 2.5-litre diesel engine options.

While the official unveil will be closely monitored, reports have also emerged that Foton could be looking at offering Big General in overseas markets like Australia where it has some presence. A number of media reports from Down Under have highlighted that Foton Dealers here are requesting the parent company to drive in the vehicle for the Aussies.

First Published Date: 24 Sep 2020, 03:55 PM IST
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