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Old 02-08-2015, 03:11 PM
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VW Copying BMW

This is a BWM nose on the body of the new Passat. To close for comfort!

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Old 02-08-2015, 03:36 PM
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Give me a break. On what planet does that photo not look photo-shopped?
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:40 PM
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It is photo shopped. However, the sides of the car look near identical. That is the body of a Passat! Not a BMW. You will know your BMW's so will see the body is not one. But why do VW have to copy BMW so close.

I just cut the front of a three series and dropped it on.
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how dare they put on four doors?
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This is a BWM nose on the body of the new Passat. To close for comfort!

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This is a BWM nose on the body of the new Passat. To close for comfort!

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A daring move sure to ignite outrage and payback!

Good heavens.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:33 AM
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It is photo shopped. However, the sides of the car look near identical. That is the body of a Passat! Not a BMW. You will know your BMW's so will see the body is not one. But why do VW have to copy BMW so close.

I just cut the front of a three series and dropped it on.
I completely disagree. The lower rocker panels look completely different. The side crease on the BMW slants up while the one on the VW/Audi is less pronounced and relatively horizontal. And you only show one angle. In 3 dimensions, the BMW has more pronounced fender flaring, and the contour of the body presents a wider stance. Plus the greenhouse is different when viewed from the direct profile. Also the side mirrors look different.

Of course both cars are 4 door, so with current aerodynamic principles both cars share certain unavoidable cues, like a sloped rear glass and similar door openings. But your comparison is overly simplistic and only from one angle. Try posting both cars with a profile or rear angle, side by side and you can easily see how different the styling is.

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To my eye the VW is more Audi than BMW, which is to be expected. A salesman would want to be comparing the VW to an Audi in the same showroom, perhaps with hopes of selling them up, not to a Bimmer across the road. Of course, that can backfire, with a prospective Audi shopper buying down to the VW, especially if they compare the level of equipment dollar for dollar.
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You really want to see a BMW copy? Let's look to the Chinese....
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You really want to see a BMW copy? Let's look to the Chinese....
Not likely. The rich and the ruling class want the real thing, albeit stretched into small limos. Having knockoff BMWs and Mercedes would cheapen the perceived value of their cars, so they won't let it happen, they being the ones who allow what gets knocked off and what doesn't. There's no love lost between China and South Korea, though, so Kia and Hyundai are fair game, and that's what's being peddled to the Chinese working class. Just as the first wave of Korean cars to come here were basically cheap knock offs of previous generation Japanese cars you can expect the first wave of Chinese cars to arrive here to be cheap knockoffs of previous generation Korean cars.
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