China has been long known for copying intellectuals designs, especially when it comes to automobiles. In the past, several auto manufacturers have copied popular products that are available in India and launched them in China and even exported them to countries like Pakistan. Well, they have not stopped. Hanway, a Chinese automobile manufacturer eyed the design of the Royal Enfield Himalayan to launch the G30 in the domestic market. It does not a surprise that the G30 looks exactly the same as the Himalayan.
Hanway has launched two trims of the G30. There are a standard and the G30-X variant. The top-end variant gets features suited for off-roading like wire-spoked rims and also gets a fully digital TFT instrument console. The base variant is priced at CNY 17,280, which roughly converts to around Rs 1.92 lakh.
The G30 gets a 35mm upside down (USD) fork at the front and it can travel 120mm. At the rear, it gets a monoshock that can travel 42mm. There is no linkage to the monoshock like the Royal Enfield Himalayan though. The braking power on the Hanway G30 comes from 280mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the rear. Both the brakes get ABS. The G30 excels when it comes to fuel tank capacity. It can hold as much as 19 litre while Himalayan can hold only 14 litres.
Hanway also offers optional tubeless wire-spoked rims, which are not available with the Himalayan. The tyre size is 19 inch in front and 17 inch in the rear. The bike comes with a host of features too. To start with, there is a twin-pod LCD console for the base variant and TFT screen for the top-end version, full-LED headlamps with integrated DRL, a charging socket as standard and more.
Many more copies
We have listed numerous motorcycles in the past that the Chinese have copied and launched in the market. Most popular motorcycles like the Bajaj Pulsar RS200, KTM 390 Duke, Honda CBR 250, Yamaha YZF-R15, Kawasaki Ninja, and even the Royal Enfield Interceptor’s design have been copied. Even high-end manufacturers like Ducati and BMW could not keep their designs safe as the copyright policies in China are different and it really takes a lot to challenge any automobile manufacturer in China.
Back in 2019, Jaguar Land Rover won a historic case over the copycat manufacturer – Landwind. They had copied the design of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and sold it as the Landwind X7 for a few years. The Beijing court found Jiangling guilty of copying the Range Rover’s design and asked the manufacturer to cease the sale of the copied SUV. Within a few months, the manufacturer launched an updated version with a tweaked grille and a few other updates to continue selling the vehicle in the Chinese market. There are many other iconic vehicles including Rolls Royce that have been copied in the Chinese market.