You've missed my point. Japan started out copying Western cars, and before that motorcycles, badly. They quickly improved, as you say. One attribute that China shares with Japan is an ability to very rapidly learn to do things better. We've seen many, many examples of this, so although China may not be making world-beating cars now, in terms of quality that we may be used to, they will learn very quickly from the designs being manufactured in China by Western manufacturers, and will undoubtedly be up with the best much quicker than some might give them credit for.British cars, and some European ones in particular, were no better. But the Japanese resolved the issues much quicker. Now the most successful UK car factories are Japanese owned - Nissan, Toyota and until recently Honda.