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Rolls-Royce Calls Shenanigans On Geely’s Faux Phantom

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, Design, Expensive Cars, Foreign Cars, Luxury Cars, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Rolls Royce, Scandal by Suzanne Denbow | April 23rd, 2009 | Leave a Reply |


Apparently, Rolls-Royce drew the same conclusions we did after getting a load of the Geely GE at the 2009 Shanghai Auto Show, and they aren’t happy. Presumably citing the huge radiator grill, suspiciously similar hood ornament, and a laundry list of interior accessories as substantive evidence, Rolls-Royce is reportedly discussing the possibility of taking formal legal action against Geely. Feigning innocence, Geely insists their $40,000 GE is merely a budget-friendly interpretation of RR’s famous $365,000 Phantom, as opposed to a blatant knock-off, but Rolls is apparently unconvinced. According to the company, Rolls-Royce is heavily investigating the potential copyright infringement, and although they have yet to take legal action, they are not completely removing the possibility from the table. “Our colleagues in Shanghai are taking a serious look at it,” a Rolls-Royce spokesman told the Daily Mail. “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is very protective of its brand image and takes seriously any attempt to imitate its products.”

Source: Telegraph UK via AutoBlog

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