BMW Loses Suit Against Chinese Knock-Off

Remember that X5 clone that BMW sued to get off Italian roads earlier this year? BMW has lost it ‘s case and the CEO (as it ‘s called) built by Shuanghuan Automobile will continue to be sold in Italy.117 were registered in Italy during 2007 and another 300 were delivered to dealers this year. Obviously it ‘s not a huge threat to BMW but an unfortunate precedent has been set by this verdict.

Here ‘s an excerpt from the Automotive News article on the verdict:

“We are convinced the CEO wasn ‘t a clone of the X5. We are happy to see our view supported by a court ruling, ” said Viviana Martinelli, spokeswoman for Milan-based Martin Motors, which is Shuanghuan ‘s European distributor.

Our verdict? Ridiculous.

+ BMW loses Chinese clone court action / Automotive News.

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  • Parker

    It is ridiculous. The thing looks exactly the same, even the BMW sport steering wheel. At least they didnt copy the Hofmeister kink.

  • What a joke…. how much did they have to bribe them to win this verdict? That thing is a complete knock off.

  • Chaz

    Those guys are out of control. I’ve seen some cars that Cherry makes that look identical to cars Chevy makes – looks like they are just going to keep doing it if this keeps up!

  • newsl

    Easterners continue to ignore intelectual property rights… It is a disrespect to the companies they steal from and the people who work so hard on the origionals…

    I figure we should just start stealing their intelectual property and see what kind of double standard they have…I imagine they would want their own info held safely…

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  • doug

    Does this surprise anyone? The chinese are a bunch of communist…

    I certainly disagree withe assessment of the article that this does not pose a threat to BMW. This kind of thing poses a threat to all carmakers and any other company that invests in R&D to build original products. The chinese have been engaging in this kind of activity for years with other products. Making clone autos is the last frontier IMO.