Made in China: Here Come the Really Cheap Cars

Look for Chinese imports to be the newest in economy cars

Chinese pirate companies have long been accused of illegally copying easy stuff like shoe polish and digital movies. Now General Motors says a Chinese firm knocked off an entire vehicle--and Americans could soon start buying its cars. A unit of GM last month filed a lawsuit in Shanghai accusing Chery Automobile Co., the Chinese automaker, of filching production-line blueprints for a compact car, the Chevrolet Spark, which GM says cost "hundreds of millions of dollars" to develop. Chery's car, called the QQ, does indeed look like an identical twin to the Spark and comes in candy colors designed for Chinese women...

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