Paul Tan is reporting that the QQ, a car being sold by Chinese company Chery is such a blatant rip-off of the Daewoo Matiz that Daewoo's distributor had to take out ads in the local Malaysian media informing consumers about what the "real" version was.
A Daewoo spokesperson went further, claiming "If you didn’t have the name tags on the car, you couldn’t tell them apart. It’s such a knockoff that you can pull a door off of the Chevy Spark and it fits on the QQ - and it fits so well that the seals on the door hold." These are some pretty serious allegations and it remains to be seen exactly what Daewoo (which is owned by GM) will do about the copycat.
We've no doubt that Chinese cars will eventually improve in quality to rival the best, just as the Japanese did almost 50 years ago. It's just a shame to see them taking the easy way out of it.