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China’s Best (or Worst) Knock Off Yet! New Toyota Tundra clone looks mega clunky

China's Best (or Worst) Knock Off Yet!  New Toyota Tundra clone looks mega clunky

A truck that has borrowed heavily from the Toyota Tundra playbook has surfaced in Japan, with the new SVH Tundar clearly borrowing in both its looks and name.

According to reportsSVH stands for Sino Vehicle Hub Co, with the company clearly not afraid to return to the dark old days when the best you can say about Chinese cars is that some of them looked like cars that were already quite successful elsewhere in the world. goods .

Those days are, of course, largely gone with brands like MG, Haval and Great Wall (and, very soon, BYD and Chery) making their mark in Australia and around the world with quality offerings.

But that memo has yet to reach Sino Vehicle Hub Co, which has created a tundra-style monstrosity in the tundar.

First, the 13-inch wheels seem better suited for a shopping cart than an off-road-ready truck, and the 1.0-litre engine under the hood would be swallowed whole by the 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with hybrid (286 kW /650Nm) fitted to the Australian version of the Toyota Tundra.

But perhaps most blatant of all is the fact that, despite being called a tundar, the tailgate of the vehicle still reads “Tundra”. So it doesn’t exactly hide its design inspiration.

The price? It is said to be around US$6,000 (it will definitely beat the new Tundra on that score). And what’s more, the company has export markets in mind, although there’s no real chance of one coming to Australia any time soon.

“Mini pick-up trucks designed by Chinese vehicle hub will go on sale this year,” the company said in a Facebook post. “We are finding potential partners in overseas markets.”