Fiat finds flattery offensive: Fiat sues Great Wall over Panda clone

Fiat finds flattery offensive: Fiat sues Great Wall over Panda clone

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If the saying that ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’ is true then Fiat should feel very flattered at Great Wall’s homage to the Fiat Panda.

Fiat has won a case in Europe against Chinese automaker Great Wall (who will have cars in New Zealand soon) for copying the Fiat Panda design and selling it as the Great Wall Peri in China and planning to sell it in Europe.

The Turin court ordered Great Wall to pay 15,000 Euros (NZ$32,000) for the first Peri imported, and 50,000 Euros (NZ$105,000) for each unit that Great Wall bring in, effectively ending any chance that a Peri will ever been seen in Europe.

This is not the first time that a Chinese automaker has ‘borrowed’ designs from another company, as Honda had it’s CRV ripped-off and sold in China as something else a few years back. What may seem like a lack of imagination in car design on the part of the Chinese is actually more like the desire for record executives to have have hit after hit by using the same formula.

gwperi

If the saying that ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’ is true then Fiat should feel very flattered at Great Wall’s homage to the Fiat Panda.

Fiat has won a case in Europe against Chinese automaker Great Wall (who will have cars in New Zealand soon) for copying the Fiat Panda design and selling it as the Great Wall Peri in China and planning to sell it in Europe.

The Turin court ordered Great Wall to pay 15,000 Euros (NZ$32,000) for the first Peri imported, and 50,000 Euros (NZ$105,000) for each unit that Great Wall bring in, effectively ending any chance that a Peri will ever been seen in Europe.

This is not the first time that a Chinese automaker has ‘borrowed’ designs from another company, as Honda had it’s CRV ripped-off and sold in China as something else a few years back. What may seem like a lack of imagination in car design on the part of the Chinese is actually more like the desire for record executives to have have hit after hit by using the same formula.

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