Elantra clones? or is it just me?? [Archive] - Hyundai Elantra Forum

: Elantra clones? or is it just me??

02-01-2005, 03:07 PM
I've noticed lately a Chevy Optra sedan in our parking lot at work that had me do a couple of doubletakes... I don't know if others have noticed, but to me, it's lines are quite similar to the Elantra sedan (2004), but narrower and slightly scaled down... From the rear, especially, the chrome above the license plate and the shape of the rear lights...
I know Optras come from Daewoo in Korea... are they a part of Hyundai? Patent infringement waiting to happen? Anyone else see the similarity?? Man, I don't want someone thinking my Elantra's a Chevy! ;)

02-01-2005, 03:56 PM
I don't see the similarity -- I see the differences. IMO The Optra looks just like the Daewoo Nubira (which it is). No Daewoo isn't part of Hyndai; although Hyundai wanted to buy them when they went bankrupt.

02-01-2005, 04:09 PM
Not sure if you noticed, but Hyundai takes a lot of styling from other companies. The current Sonota's front end looks like a Mercedes. The frontend of the 01-03 Elantras to me look very similar to a BMW 5 series. Infact a lot of companies use styling from each other. Just hope no one takes the styling from the Pontiac Aztec.

02-01-2005, 06:25 PM
I never really saw the resemblence to the BMW, frankly. I thought the headlights took a cue from the newer Chevy Impalas. The Elantra looks 'meaner' than both of them though. I remember some review of the car saying all positive things about it, except that the front end had too much of a "scowl." I think it's a great look, personally, although it's not a real mean car, heh.

02-01-2005, 08:49 PM
I reckon the elantra is very similar to the nissan pulsar. :)


02-01-2005, 10:09 PM
We never had a Pulsar like that one sold in the U.S. I've never even seen that car before, haha. Actually, when looking at an Australian newspaper that 2XDreme used as packaging material, it seemed to me that many of the Australian cars that we don't get here look similar to other makes and models (or is it the other way around?).

Either way, there are so many cars now I think it's hard to come up with anything good looking (without being too extreme) that isn't like another car in one aspect or another.

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02-02-2005, 08:05 AM
A lot of countries other than the US get more practical cars similar to the Hyundais. In England there's a hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla looked a lot like my '02 XD GT.

02-02-2005, 08:44 AM
I used to think the back end of Protege's looked like the back end of Elantra sedans. I think that the Optra is a neat little car though. And I like the fact that the major companies are coming out with more newer small car lines and getting rid of some of the older ones. It's refreshing.

02-02-2005, 01:28 PM
...I like the fact that the major companies are coming out with more newer small car lines and getting rid of some of the older ones. It's refreshing.

I agree that it's nice to see the American nameplates getting away from only focusing on their large cars and skimping on the quality and features on the smaller ones. However, the thing with the Optra is that it's not a new car, per-se. It's a Daewoo Nubria with a Chevy emblem stuck on it. Remember the Geo/Chevy Metro and the Geo/Chevy Trackers? They were just re-badged Suzukis.

Ford used to do that with the Escort (Mazda 323), Ranger (Mazda small truck), Probe (Mazda 626-platform)

02-15-2005, 12:42 PM
Actually it's the other way around on the Ranger - the Mazda B-series pickup is based on the Ranger, not vice-versa.

02-15-2005, 03:38 PM
You're right, GHoosdum -- The ranger was a Ford design used by Mazda and not the other way around... I forgot.