Foxconn has just launched three vehicles with controversial names

Can you really call your vehicle the ‘Model T’?

If you own a smartphone, or an Amazon Kindle, or an Xbox or a PlayStation, there’s a good chance you‘re using a product made by the same company that built the three concept vehicles you see here. The company in question is Foxconn.

Based in Taipei, Foxconn has decided to start building cars like other tech companies and this is what they came up with: a compact SUV, a saloon and a bus.

I’m not sure I understand the reasoning behind the names because the three vehicles are called the Model C, T and E.

Tesla obviously uses exactly the same naming scheme for its vehicles, but more to the point, can you really call a vehicle the ‘Model T’ and get away with it? I was sort of assuming that Ford owned the rights to the name. I guess maybe Foxconn can do that because the Model T is a bus.

We don’t know much about the Model T yet but we do know that the Model E, which was designed in partnership with Pininfarina, will deliver 700 hp with offer a range of 400 miles, while the Model C should be capable of travelling on a single charge for 435 miles because it has a less powerful engine.

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  • I do wonder if Ford will allow them to use Model T. That will probably end up in court unless they have a chunk of this company.

      1 month ago
  • Ford will likely go after them for this.

      1 month ago
    • For sure, if Ford can successfully stop Tesla from naming the Model 3 the Model E because it sounds too much like Model T (Ford never actually made a Model E) these guys are toast.

        1 month ago
    • Is that true? I was just saying that based on Ford's past but it wouldn't surprise me.

        1 month ago
  • I don't care what they're called, I'm not buying a car from a company whose MO is "your new thing is obsolete after six months, buy a new one!"

      1 month ago
  • Depends if Ford has renewed their trademarks. If they haven't, the name is fair game.

      1 month ago
  • Need to be carefully when the model u and model n comes available

      1 month ago
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