China's Version Of The Toyota Tundra Is As Silly As It Looks

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It's called the Tundar and is the worst kind of ripoff.

Chinese carmakers love nothing more than copying other manufacturers and clearly have no regard for international copyright laws. We've seen some amazing and truly blatant copies in our time, but this is one of the weirdest ones we've seen in a while and is more of a play on words than anything else.

This Chinese creation by manufacturer Sino Vehicle Hub Co. (SVH) looks like a toy car you'd win at the local arcade, and it's named the 'Tundar,' a clear nod to the popular Toyota Tundra. These two cars couldn't be more different, and we think Toyota won't be too worried when they see the truck.

Sino Vehicle Hub Co., Limited

The Toyota Tundra is one of the best-selling trucks in America and was recently named the safest truck in the US, so anything that tries to copy its appearance or name has a very high standard to live up to. Thankfully the SVH Tundar doesn't threaten the Tundra's reign at all, and it will never set foot on US soil. The fact that these two cars share similar names is where most of the similarities end, however.

The Tundar is a compact truck that looks like it was made out of Lego blocks, and although it copies some design elements, such as the front end, and those iconic Toyota headlights, the proportions are way off, to the extent where it's almost comical. The best part is that the company didn't even bother changing the tailgate's name: it reads Tundra.

Sino Vehicle Hub Co., Limited

The Tundar rolls on a set of mini 13-inch wheels, as opposed to the standard 18-inch wheels on the Toyota, and doesn't sport much ground clearance, as opposed to the off-road-ready Tundra. Under the hood, these two cars couldn't be more different. Instead of copying the Tundra's 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, the Tundar features a minuscule naturally-aspirated 1.0-liter engine borrowed from Isuzu. This powerplant is so weak that it can barely get the Tundar to a top speed of 60 mph, and we doubt it can tow even a quarter of what the Toyota can handle.

Sino Vehicle Hub Co., Limited
Sino Vehicle Hub Co., Limited

Regarding the interior, we think it's the best part of this excuse for a truck. The cabin sports a cute three-spoke steering wheel, red dashboard inserts, and crazy-looking air vents. Quilted floor mats are a weird touch, and there's even a backup camera installed. The price, you ask? A cool $6,000. You can get a much more substantial truck in the US for that kind of money. You can even get a second-hand version of the real deal, and we think that will always be a better option.

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