Jaguar Land Rover settled feud with Volkswagen

Jaguar Land Rover settled feud with Volkswagen

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British Jaguar Land Rover has decided to end all litigation with Volkswagen over the ownership of Terrain Response off-road technology. Thus, the “end” of the dispute between the two world automakers, which arose almost a year ago.

It was over a year ago that Jaguar Land Rover accused the Volkswagen Group of using its patented “off-road technology”. The company, owned by India’s Tata, wanted to ban the sale of the German brand’s SUVs – notably the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus, VW Tiguan and several Audi models such as the best-selling Q5 brand.

JLR and VW reached an agreement this week, although details of the settlement have yet to be released.

The companies came to a resolution of this situation just in time, as JLR was going to start legal proceedings a week after that.

European Bloomberg, however, notes that JLR could potentially earn up to $ 200 million a year from licensing the off-road technology in question due to alleged patent infringement.

JLR accuses the VW Group of using the patented Terrain Response system, which adjusts multiple vehicle settings with the push of a button (or the turn of a knob). The system allows drivers to select a driving mode – sand, rock, “crawl” or mud – which then optimizes braking, engine and gearbox performance for the selected surface, increasing off-road performance.

Several Land Rover models, as well as the Jaguar F-Pace, are of course equipped with this system. JLR wanted the VW Group to stop selling its vehicles equipped with something similar, as this is “a Land Rover and Land Rover-only” feature.

This is not the first time JLR has filed a patent lawsuit against the VW Group.

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