Rolls-Royce Plans Doomed Lawsuit Over Chinese CloneS

Rolls-Royce is contemplating a lawsuit over the Geely GE, which debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show and looks conspicuously like a Rolls-Royce Phantom. This case has a lot of merit... anywhere but China.

If Rolls-Royce does sue it'll be purely on principle. Intellectual property lawsuits over clones are rarely, if ever, successful in Chinese courts. This may explain why Chinese automakers released these copycat cars at the Shanghai show this week:

JAC A0 = Toyota Yaris
Lifan Motors 320 = Mini Cooper Clubman
Geely ET925 = Honda Ridgeline
BYD B8 = Mercedes SL/CLK

[UK Telegraph]