Advice needed: Rebadging my MG Hector to a Chevrolet Captiva

The Hector is a rebadged version of the Baojun 530, and is also sold as the Wuling Almaz and new Chevrolet Captiva in some markets.

BHPian Arsenic recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I recently came across the trend of ironic badging, a somewhat-approved-by-car-enthusiasts form of fake-badging. One example of this is of people in the USA who have replaced the Chevrolet badges on their SS with Holden badges instead (since the SS is effectively a rebadged Holden)

I own an MG Hector, and have been thinking for a while now of doing something like that. The Hector is a rebadged version of the Baojun 530, and is also sold as the Wuling Almaz and new Chevrolet Captiva in some markets.

Wuling and Baojun badges and lettering would be difficult to source here, but I could get them 3D-printed through a 3D Printing shop (I found 3D models of these badges online) - while Chevrolet badging should be fairly easy to find in India.

My questions are:

  • Is this actually a good idea? Is it a genuinely funny little joke, or a stupid thought?
  • Would this earn me a place on the Weird and wacky modifications thread?

All help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Going for a cooler badge is okay (Holden is arguably cooler than Chevrolet), but Baojun? No man. People will think you are an MG India employee.

Baleno owners should totally ironic-badge their cars with the more upmarket "T". Camry owners could get the iconic "L" as the car is the same as the ES under the skin

Here's what BHPian TheHelix0202 had to say on the matter:

Great thread idea, man. Always love some mild self deprecation.

I’d slap on a GSX-R badge on my Gixxer SF 155. Just for the shits and giggles.

Here's what BHPian Vinod_Nair had to say on the matter:

Whatever you do, or don't do, first and foremost please get rid of the "Internet Inside" badge on your car.

Reminds me of the times in India, where one had to remove ones shoes to enter the computer room.

Here's what BHPian shancz had to say on the matter:

Baojun isn't very attractive but maybe as a "showing the mirror" to those "Morris Garage" and "Brit Dynamics" ?

Maybe include a QR code with the Wikipedia link ?

If you do make sure not to damage any paint for it

Absolutely no idea on the legality of it but doesn't seem like the police would care unless someone at MG pokes them to, which could be possible given their history.

On the other cars, the current S-Cross should definitely get a BMW badge. At least the front would pass the believeability test, rear maybe not

Here's what BHPian dhanushs had to say on the matter:

Modding a car totally depends on the owners taste. Weird or whacky again depends on the taste. For something as small as rebadging, I think you shouldn't break your head and just go ahead and do it.

If you feel good, keep it, or else, throw it away!

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