Kia Loses the Right to Use Quoris Name in Europe to China's Qoros

We don’t how many European or Korean, for that matter, carmakers would like to associate one of their top products with a Chinese brand, but Kia found itself in a legal battle with China’s Qoros over the name of its new rear-wheel drive flagship saloon, the Quoris, and it lost – at least in Europe and for the time being.

The Korean carmaker introduced the full-size luxury sedan in its home market as the K9, but in July this year, it announced that the export version would be named Quoris, which the company claims is derived from the English words ‘Core’ and ‘Quality’.

The only problem was that Shanghai-based Qoros Automobile Co., a new car brand created by China’s Chery Automobile Co. and Israeli investment firm Israel Corp., believed that the name was too close to its own, which it had already trademark in China, the U.S., the EU, and other regions around the world.

Qoros took Kia to court in Germany, and this week, the District Court in Hamburg granted the automaker’s motion for a preliminary injunction against the South Korean company and the use of the Quoris name in the European Union.

“We are pleased with the decision of the court as we succeeded in our first step towards protecting our brand name,” stated Volker Steinwascher, vice chairman of Qoros. “We look forward to the first public début of our vehicles at both the Geneva and the Shanghai auto show in 2013.”

The Korean carmaker has not yet released a statement on the matter, but it’s worth noting that Kia can appeal the preliminary decision if it wants. 

It also remains to be seen if Qoros has plans to take Kia to court over the Quoris in other markets around the world.

PHOTO GALLERY

Qoros-4Qoros-1Qoros-11Qoros-2Qoros-3Qoros-5Qoros-6Qoros-7Qoros-8Qoros-10

Ford Fiesta Drives Through Red Light, Stops Into Pickup Truck

After missing a Jeep, the Fiesta collided with a pickup truck, though luckily no one was injured.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Takes A Ride To The Dark Wald Side

Wald International has given the latest Phantom a Black Bison body kit and 24-inch wheels.

Slammed VW T-Roc On Bentley Wheels Doesn’t Make Much Sense – Right?

Instead of fitting aftermarket rims, the T-Roc’s owner turned to another VW Group brand – though not one you’d expect.

2019 Mercedes CLA Coupe Flaunts Its Curves In 73-Image Gallery

The second-gen CLA is still a sporty-looking four-door coupe, only with more dynamic proportions .

Renault Zoe EV Might Be 7 Years Old But Still Gets The Thumbs Up

The outgoing Zoe electric car is still a wise choice, offering customers an affordable and friendly daily commuter .

China’s Chevrolet Onix Redline Detailed, Packs 123HP 1.0L Three-Cylinder

The Onix compact sedan is GM’s first model to be built on its new GEM platform .

This Is How Koenigsegg Created The 300MPH Jesko Hypercar

The paint process alone takes 600-800 hours, so customers will justify spending $3 million on the Jesko.

DMC Gives The RWD Lamborghini Huracan A Body Kit, Calls It The Giro

This tuned Huracan LP580-2 keeps changes to a minimal level, with a few visual add-ons.

Female Uber Drivers In Saudi Arabia Can Request To Have Only Female Passengers

The Kingdom lifted its ban on female driving last June, and Uber is complying with its customers’ wishes.

2019 New York Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The New Car Debuts (Roundup)

Want to know about every new car launching at the 2019 New York Auto Show? Read on.