Parisian hires lawyer to get name changed
24 May 2010

Renault is under pressure to drop its Renault Zoe electric car name - from a French woman Zoe Renault.

The Parisian, 23, has hired lawyers to insist that Renault scrap its branding. Renault has previously been the subject of a petition from French women called Zoe to change the name.

"I could not bear to hear: 'Zoe's broken down' or 'We need to get Zoe overhauled'," she told Le Parisien newspaper.

Her lawyer David Koubbi has said he will take the case to court unless Renault changes the name.

The Renault Zoe is set for launch in 2012, and its name was chosen because it means "life" in Greek.

A Renault spokesman said Zoe was not a "definitive choice".

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24 May 2010

Well I though Renault Zoe sounded quite reasonable compared to the new Renault Wind.

Now that sounds just a bit, err, farty.

24 May 2010

Dear Autocar

I have every sympathy for Mlle. Renault - my life has been hell since that Zoom-zoom company used my name for their miserable little camper van.

Yours sincerely,

Mazda Bongo-Friendee (Mrs)

24 May 2010

If I was her I would be looking at it another way, I would register my name with copyrite and change my name to Nicolle and trying to set up a deal where for every car that rolled off the production line I got some sort of royalty payment and hoped to god the car was in production for the next 20 years and sold like the VW Beetle.

24 May 2010

[quote Autocar]"I could not bear to hear: 'Zoe's broken down' or 'We need to get Zoe overhauled'," [/quote]By the same token I presume she could not bear to hear, "Zis Zoe is magnifique!," or "Zoe is so beautiful to behold," or especially, "Zis Zoe is a go-er!"

(That's enough of the double-entendre. Editor)

24 May 2010

This is ridiculous, this French woman is almost certainly just hoping to make some money out of it all. She surely cannot expect to get the exclusive use of a word from another language just because her parents decided to use it for her christian name. Renault should be robust about this and defend their right to use a foreign word as the name for their car.

28 May 2010

Why don't Renault HQ just pick up the phone and call their mates at Nissan. They're good at the name game, Remember that Nissan used to be called Datsun and they had the Cherry, Sunny, Cedric, Bluebird. Hey, that's it guys - Renault Bluebird. Perfect for those chilly Paris morns in February when Zoe wears her pelmet skirt.... What do you mean it's sexist! Does that mean that Mlle Renault might sue me? ;-(((

28 May 2010

get over it woman, you'll be on the news as an 'and finally' story, get a bit of stick from your friends and thats it

isnt wind a bit pretentious, a bit arty-farty

29 May 2010

[quote NobbyUK]Mazda Bongo-Friendee (Mrs)[/quote]

My all-time favourite vehicle name by far. The Japanese are truly gifted in this dept.

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