28th November 2020, 09:47
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| | Jaguar Land Rover seeks to ban imports of VW Groupís SUVs to the US
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has filed a complaint to the US International Trade Commission to ban imports of Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volkswagen SUVs. According to reports, the Tata-owned luxury carmaker claims that VW Group SUVs such as the Audi Q8, Q7, Q5, A6 Allroad and E-tron, the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne and the Volkswagen Tiguan all use JLR’s patented Terrain Response system without permission. |
In the filing, JLR’s lawyer, Matthew Moore, said, “JLR seeks to protect itself and its United States operations from companies that have injected infringing products into the US market that incorporate, without any license from JLR, technology developed by JLR and protected by its patent.”
A spokesperson for the Volkswagen Group said, "The Volkswagen Group is examining the action in order to determine further steps. We will not comment any further regarding an ongoing proceeding at this stage."
Introduced in 2005, Terrain Response is JLR’s off-road driving management system, which allows cars such as the Land Rover Discovery, on whose Series 3 guise the technology made its debut, to adjust their driving settings for different conditions.
The current offering features five modes- sand, rock crawl, grass-gravel-snow, mud-ruts and general. When driving on sand, for example, Terrain Response increases engine and gearbox response and locks the centre differential to “maintain momentum on soft surfaces”.
The US filing is one of several recent legal moves from JLR as it seeks to protect its intellectual property, particularly on its flagship designs such as its Defender.
I didn’t get why only is JLR targeting the VW group with this! Doesn’t Ford use terrain management system in their cars as well? https://www.autocarindia.com/car-new...-the-us-419277
Last edited by CEF_Beasts : 28th November 2020 at 09:50.