Reasonable car guys can disagree, but BMW's 3 series is often called the best sports sedan in the world. Product planners from Lexus to Cadillac to Hyundai talk about creating a "3-series fighter."
So it's not surprising when new vehicles have traits that emulate -- not to say copy -- the BMW benchmark. Take a look at the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord alongside the 3 series.
The sheet metal creases on both cars incline ever so slightly toward the rear. And see how the lines run through the similarly styled door handles? Then there's the nearly identical flow of the roof into the rear deck, not to mention BMW's famed "Hofmeister kink" in the C-pillar. The shape and scale of the side mirrors look the same. Even the wheel covers are the same.
Flattery by imitation or a plain old knockoff? You be the judge.