Renault can name its car the ‘Zoe’, a French judge has ruled

Renault can name its small car the ‘Zoe’, a French judge has ruled.

The ruling was given in favour of the company following a bizarre case started by concerned parents of children named Zoe Renault.

Families argued that children who would share the same name as the car could face a lifetime of teasing and mockery.

According to a family lawyer “there’s a line between living things and inanimate objects, and that line is defined by the first name”.

“We’re telling Renault one very simple thing: first names are for humans,” he continued.

The judge, however, found no evidence that it would cause the children “certain, direct and current harm”.

The Renault Zoe ZE is set for launch in 2012, and its name, meaning ‘life’, will underline the company’s green credentials.Read more about the Renault Zoe

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11 November 2010

God i hope it's a replacement for the ageing Clio!

Peter Cavellini.

11 November 2010

Phew, so Alfa won't have to change the name of the Giulietta then...

11 November 2010

[quote Autocar]Families argued that children who would share the same name as the car could face a lifetime of teasing and mockery.[/quote]

Parents involved in ridiculous high-profile court cases which they were never likely to win also found their children could face a lifetime of teasing and mockery.


11 November 2010

[quote Autocar]Renault can name its small car the ‘Zoe’, a French judge has ruled.[/quote]I bet that disappointed the parents of Mercedes Benz.

11 November 2010

[quote Los Angeles][quote Autocar]Renault can name its small car the ‘Zoe’, a French judge has ruled.[/quote]I bet that disappointed the parents of Mercedes Benz[/quote]

Porsches parents are disapointed as well.

11 November 2010

And the collective action by Clio Renault, Una Fiat, Diane Citroen, Minnie Driver, Ariel Atom, Jazz Honda, Sonata Hyundai, Magentis Kia, Elise Lotus, Sunny Nissan, Portia Cayenne, Mercedes Sprinter, Anthea Seat, Melody Suzuki, Nova Vauxhall, Bongo-Friendee Mazda, Miss K A Ford and the triplets Auris, Avensis and Yaris Toyota has also collapsed.

Maybe parents should go back to using proper names for their daughters - like Agnes, Janet or Margaret - so protecting them from a lifetime of teasing and mockery.

11 November 2010

[quote NobbyUK]

Maybe parents should go back to using proper names for their daughters - like Agnes, Janet or Margaret - so protecting them from a lifetime of teasing and mockery.

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....or Cedric, or Silvia......

:o)

11 November 2010

I know a young lady who was christened "Carina" by her Toyota-owning parents. Then again , they could have named her "Starlet"....

Zoe is apparently a Greek word for "life". Nice name for a girl , and as a car-name it certainly beats the hell out of "Leaf".

11 November 2010

What next? A class action from the inhabitants of Montego, Cambridge, Oxford, Westminster, Toledo? Oops, showing my age a bit there.

11 November 2010

Just wondered which came first, the rugby player and dancer or the sports car?

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