FCA claims that the new Thar infringes the Jeep Wrangler’s design.
Last week we had reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had filed a litigation in the Federal Court of Australia to block Mahindra from launching the Thar in the Australian market.
Mahindra had made it clear in its reply to the court that it had no plans to launch the current model of the Thar in the country. The company had also agreed to provide adequate notice to FCA if they had plans to do so.
Mahindra has now released an official statement regarding the issue.
We’re seeing very strong demand for the all-new Thar 2020 in India, therefore have no immediate plans for launch of the current variant of the Thar in markets outside India. As a result, it was pointless to engage in a litigation at this stage. When we decide to launch any new variant of the Thar in Australia, we will provide 90 days’ notice to FCA and take all steps to protect our rights to market and sell the product. This has no bearing on our future plans in Australia as we continue to pursue expansion of our business across a number of vehicle categories.