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Doppelgangers: Ordinary Cars that Resemble Other Higher-End Cars

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Do you ever get two cars confused with one another because they look so similar?  Uhhh yeah me neither! …cough cough.  Prideful car enthusiasts won’t admit falling for mistaken identities, nonetheless most of us will do this from time to time.  The truth is that there is a number of cars that look relatively similar to each other, with some being nearly identical twin ‘doppelganger cars’.

Our list of doppelganger cars is specifically targeted towards relatively ordinary / affordable models (top of picture) coupled with the more expensive model that it resembles (bottom of picture).

Some of the car design similarities are the fault of the automotive designers for perhaps either a lack of creativity, or playing it safe with current style trends already in other cars.  Of course it’s possible that some cars resemble the more prestigious model entirely by coincidence.

Other times it’s not the designers as much as a corporate initiative to deliberately copy other manufactures’ successful designs.  On that note, here’s a tip. Next time you visit China and you think you see a Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or Hummer.  Look close.  China has the second most billionaires of any country, so it could be legit.  But Chinese car design knockoffs have become legendary.  Either way, take a picture because even though it’s a copycat car, it’s still fascinating.

While a number of the cars on our list are similar from end to end, others show similarities only in certain angles. This car doppelgangers list ranges from ones with an unambiguous visual relation to another car, to models where the similarities could spark debate among enthusiasts.  Make sure to post a comment below and voice your opinion.


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  • Mike Smith

    But in the case of the Crossfire and the Continental, it was the Crossfire that came first, actually. Same with the 300 and the Rolls.

    • Julian Axworthy

      you’d have to be mighty drunk to confuse a Crossfire and Continental. The 300 is a copy of the 1970 Rover 3.5. The Rolls was just evolution that goes back to the late 60;s Silver Shadow

    • Ethan T. White (Tatertot Films

      The objective of this article is not to show copycats (even though many of these are) it’s to remark at how some cars look similar.

      • Mike Smith

        I think if you read the introduction, the implication is there that at least some of these cars are indeed copycats.

        • Ethan T. White (Tatertot Films

          The title says “ordinary cars the resemble higher-end cars” This is the google definition of resemble

          have qualities or features, especially those of appearance, in common with (someone or something); look or seem like.

          There’s no mention of copying there.

          • Mike Smith

            FTFA, FFS: “Other times it’s not the designers as much as a corporate initiative to DELIBERATELY COPY other manufactures’ successful designs. On that note, here’s a tip. Next time you visit China and you think you see a Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or Hummer. Look close. China has the second most billionaires of any country, so it could be legit. But Chinese CAR DESIGN KNOCKOFFS have become legendary. Either way, take a picture because even though it’s a COPYCAT CAR, it’s still fascinating.”

  • Julian Axworthy

    It’s disgusting that China and Korea rip off these car designs.

    • Ethan T. White (Tatertot Films

      At least Korea is starting to snap out of it but China has no copyright laws so anyone can recreate a car. That’s why China doesn’t sell in the US.

  • Julian Axworthy

    actually a 2017 Mustang looks a lot more like the Aston than a Fusion. 2 doors not 4 and a fastback design

  • This is a popular trend with lower cost manufacturers but I hadn’t noticed some of these. Thanks for posting!






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