A Rolls-Royce spokesman has admitted the company may take legal action against Chinese car maker Geely over the similarities between its Geely GE model and the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The 5.4-metre Geely GE prototype was unveiled at this week's Shanghai motor show, painted black and given pride of place on a raised plinth in the middle of Geely’s huge stand.
It made obvious reference to the Rolls in the shape of its cabin, windows and down-sloping rear deck. However, its nose, beneath which is mounted a 3.5 litre V6, is considerably shorter than the Rolls's.
The 'Grecian temple' grille is close to being a Rolls copy, though, and it is topped by a figure which seems to draw much influence from Rolls-Royce's traditional Spirit of Ecstasy, except that the figure slopes backwards.
Although Rolls-Royce spokesmen were initially reluctant to comment on the similarites, a spokesman has now told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "Rolls-Royce is currently keeping its options open and is in consultation with its legal advisers."
Shanghai motor show
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