JAC 4R3: More Proof That The Chinese Auto Industry’s Copiers Are Still Working

Meet the (beautifully-named) JAC 4R3 pickup truck — a carbon-copy of the Ford F-150. Made by the Jianghuai Auto Corporation, the undeniable waste of iron ore that is the 4R3 is planned to be offered in China, Africa, and South America and be positioned as a world vehicle. It will be powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine making a whopping 108 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and is set to make its debut at the Beijing Motor Show come April.

The Motrolix Take

Set to debut in the Spring and go on sale in China, Africa, and South America? Not if the folks in Dearborn have anything to do with it. In fact, we’re sure that The Blue Oval’s legal team is already working diligently on making sure this embarrasing heap of scrap metal never makes it to market… at least not looking like this.

If there is anything positive about this story is that, at least, JAC has taste (and perhaps a few bits of brain matter): the F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the world’s most profitable auto market, so — as the saying goes — if you’re going to copy, copy the best.

Currently, most of the Chinese auto industry is, in one form or another, actively coping the designs of vehicles developed by the world’s major automakers. The 4R3 adds to the already-long list of such products and doesn’t do the credibility of the Chinese auto industry any favors. What a shame.

Motrolix Founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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