Jaguar Land Rover will not take action against Jiangling Motors over the Chinese automaker's Landwind X7, which the UK automaker says closely resembles the Range Rover Evoque SUV.
JLR had said it would take "appropriate action" against Jiangling when the Landwind X7 was unveiled at the Guangzhou auto show in China in November.
At the Shanghai show today, JLR CEO Ralf Speth renewed his criticism of Jiangling but said his company cannot prevent the SUV from going on sale. "I really regret that all of a sudden, copy-and-paste is coming up again," Speth told reporters. "There are no laws, there's nothing to protect us, so we have to take it as it is."
The Landwind X7 will sell in China for about one-third of the price of the Evoque. It has broad fenders, recessed door panels and a sloping roof similar to the Evoque.