The court sided with the FCA group (Fiat-Chrysler) in a dispute concerning the design frame SUV Roxor from the Indian brand Mahindra & Mahindra. The automaker said that apparently the car is too similar to Jeep CJ and Wrangler.
Roxor utilitarian SUV sold in the North American market since spring of last year and produced by SKD method at the plant in Michigan. Almost immediately after the start of sales of the concern FCA, which owns Jeep, has accused Hindus in copying the design of the American brand, including the grille. Mahindra has even agreed to the compromise and promised to change the design of the front of the car, but this condition was not fulfilled.
At the end of November this year, held a hearing in which the judge acknowledged the similarity Mahindra Roxor models of Jeep. Now the FCA is waiting for the decision of the International trade Commission, after which the company intends to achieve the termination of sales of Indian SUV brand in the country. The case will be considered in the spring of 2020.
Mahindra Roxor is not a direct competitor to modern cars Jeep including Wrangler, because the Indian model is sold as farm equipment. However, these machines are in good demand, as for a relatively low price of 16 thousand dollars, the Americans get a SUV with a 228-mm ground clearance, a 2.5-liter turbodiesel, five-speed “mechanics” and two “razdatkoy”. The price Jeep Wrangler in turn starts from 28 thousand dollars.