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by Tim Beissmann

China’s Zotye E01 looks set to take knock-off car design to a new level later this month when it debuts at the Shanghai motor show.

A number of Chinese car makers have earned notoriety in recent years for releasing concept and production vehicles heavily inspired by existing models from established manufacturers, but Zhejiang-based Zotye Auto may be the first to fuse four cars into one.

The two-door electric hatchback appears to blend the bodies of the BMW i3 and the Smart Fortwo, while integrating headlights that look suspiciously like those of the Range Rover Evoque.

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The similarities don’t stop there, either, with the E01’s 10-inch portrait-aligned touchscreen and button-less dashboard unmistakeably lifted from the Tesla Model S.

The Zotye E01 is said to be capable of a top speed of 80km/h and a range of 150km.

Reports suggest it will spawn a four-door version, dubbed the E02, in the near future.




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