Report: Chinese automaker looks to patent VW Taigun copy before original goes on sale

Filed under: China, Government/Legal, Volkswagen, Humor

China. Just when we thought the People’s Republic was finally developing its own unique, interesting design language and was attracting big-name manufacturers to set up design studios, this happens. This is not a Volkswagen Taigun. This is a patent filing from a company known as Jiangsu Lake Motors, and it is a virtual ripoff of the VW that’s slated to debut in China around 2016. Yes, a Chinese company is trying to patent someone else’s design before it can go on sale.

The profile is nearly a carbon copy of the stylish new mini-CUV, while there’s an incremental degree of originality in the front and rear of the car, with ever so slight styling tweaks. According to IndianAutosBlog, Jiangsu Lake came up with a name as original as the car its patenting: “SUV.” This is far, far, far from the first time Chinese designers have blatantly stolen the design of a western vehicle, as IAB points out, but so far as we can recall, it’s the first time a Chinese brand has attempted to patent the stolen design. Volkswagen should be lawyering up any minute.

Chinese automaker looks to patent VW Taigun copy before original goes on sale originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Own your own copy of the Road & Track Special: The Space Edition

Filed under: Etc.

Road & Track Space Edition coverThe crew from Road & Track recently teamed up with NASA astronaut Drew Feustel to create a special-edition issue of the magazine to commemorate STS-134. Along with the infamous April Fools features on both the space shuttle Endeavour and the NASA Crawler, Feustel picked out a handful of his favorite R&T stories from the magazine’s illustrious past.

Those include an epic muscle car shoot out from 1967 that covered the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and the Plymouth Barracuda as well as a stack of choice Peter Egan columns. Feustel also threw in a piece on the Lamborghini Miura S from 1988 as well as another article on the Austin-Healey Sprite 1100 from 1963. All told, the collection sounds like the best of Road & Track history.

A copy of the issue is currently circling above Earth on Endeavour right now, but you can order up a terrestrial copy for your own enjoyment from the Road & Track site. Tell them we sent you.

Own your own copy of the Road & Track Special: The Space Edition originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 May 2011 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Win a copy of the Corvette Bible signed by author Mike Yager

Filed under: Etc., Chevrolet

Mike Yager, author of Corvette Bible

It’s often said that you’ll be happy if you find a way to do something you love. Mike Yager took that saying to heart. In 1970, at the age of 20, Yager went out and bought his first Corvette, a 1967 convertible. Four years later, Yager borrowed $500 to start up a small business selling parts manuals and accessories from the back of a car. That business, along with Yager’s reputation, grew strong in the Corvette community. In 1976, Mike Yager made a life-changing move to turn this into his full-time job, and Mid America Motorworks was born.

Thirty-seven years after he borrowed those Benjamins, Yager has turned Mid America Motorworks into a company that ships over four million catalogs per year. And his collection of Corvettes has grown exponentially since he bought that ’67 drop-top. Some standouts include CERV-1, XP-819 and a 1968 Le Mans Corvette that’s painted Ferrari red and wears the prancing stallion on its front fenders.

It’s not just Corvettes, however, as Yager also has a soft spot for old Volkswagens. He celebrates both makes at his annual Funfest events, one for VWs and one for the Corvette. The Funfest weekend has grown since the very first one took place back in 1994. In 2010, Mid America’s 180+ acre Effingham, Illinois facility played host to over 17,000 cars and more than 45,000 people.

The man’s knowledge of Corvettes is also freakishly extensive. Yager has applied it into a book called the Corvette Bible. In it, Yager delves into the details of every Corvette model produced since the first 300 rolled off an assembly line for the 1953 model year.

This isn’t just a book for ‘Vette collectors, however, because it’s filled with amazing photography and a wealth of knowledge that makes an informative read for even casual Corvette fans. Now in it’s second edition, the Corvette Bible covers cars right up to 2011. The first edition was good enough to earn a spot on the New York Times bestseller’s list, so we think the second edition deserves a spot on your coffee table.

That’s why we secured a signed copy to give away to one lucky reader. Leave a comment on this post to enter (only one comment or else you’re disqualified), and we’ll choose one lucky recipient for the win.

How to Enter:

  • Leave a single comment on this post (if you leave two or more, all of your entries will disqualified)
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Limit 1 entry per person during entry period
  • This entry period begins 7:30 PM EST on Friday, April 29 and ends at 7:30 PM EST on Sunday, May 1.
  • For a list of complete rules, click here

Gallery: Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible

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Win a copy of the Corvette Bible signed by author Mike Yager originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leave a Facebook comment, win a copy of Gran Turismo 5!

Filed under: Toys/Games

We’ve already said our peace when it comes to Gran Turismo 5, but reports keep coming in that early adopters are having a grand old time playing Polyphony Digital’s opus on their PS3s. Didn’t camp out at Best Buy last week to purchase your copy at midnight? No worries, that’s why you read Autoblog. We’re giving away one unopened copy of Gran Turismo 5 on our Facebook page, and entering is easy peasy.

In order to enter, simply “Like” the Autoblog Facebook page (just click the button above), then check our FB page in a few minutes for this post to appear on our Wall (it’s live now!). Once it’s live, leave a comment on that Wall post (here’s the link again) to enter the giveaway. Done. Feel free to “Like” the post itself so your Facebook friends can see the giveaway, and remember to allow direct messages in your Facebook privacy settings. So no one gets confused, we’ve turned off commenting on this post since only a comment on the Facebook post will earn you an entry.

To enter the Gran Turismo 5 giveaway:

  • “Like” the Autoblog Facebook page. Leave a comment on the Facebook Wall post titled “Leave a Facebook comment, win a copy of Gran Turismo 5!”
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the U.S. or Canada, excluding Quebec.
  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • The entry period ends at 3:00PM ET on Friday, December 3.
  • At that time, we’ll select 1 winner from the eligible commenters to receive a copy of Gran Turismo 5 for the Playstation 3 valued at approximately $60.
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Leave a Facebook comment, win a copy of Gran Turismo 5! originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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