Monday 27 April 2009

Rolls-Royce may sue Geely over Phantom clone

A Rolls-Royce spokesman admitted that the company may take legal action against Chinese car maker, Geely over the similarities between its Geely GE model and the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The 5.4 metre Geely GE sedan prototype was unveiled at the Shanghai motorshow, painted in black and given a raised plinth in the middle of Geely’s huge stand.

It made obvious reference to the Rolls in the shape of its cabin, windows and sloping down rear deck. However, its nose is considerably shorter than the Rolls's and houses a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine.

The 'Grecian temple' grille is close to being a Rolls copy, though, and it is topped by a figure which seems to draw much influence from Rolls-Royce's traditional Spirit of Ecstasy, except that the figure slopes backwards. Although Rolls-Royce spokesmen were initially reluctant to comment on the similarities, a spokesman has now said: "Rolls-Royce is currently keeping its options open and is in consultation with its legal advisers."

1 comment:

Laguna said...

Although the GE concept will be much cheaper than the RR Phantom sedan when it goes on sale, which would you chose and why?

I would take the GE concept since IMO, it is better looking than the Phantom, although I would have 4 seats in the GE concept. Just for the record, I have nothing against the RR Phantom sedan except its price tag

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