DaimlerChrysler contends the grille of the Hummer H2, at left with Brand Character Design Manager Clay Dean, looks too much like Jeep's trademarked seven-slot grille. Last week, DaimlerChrysler sued General Motors, which markets Hummers, in U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, to stop GM from using the design and to collect damages. GM refused DaimlerChrysler's request to change the grille on the Hummer H2, which is due in showrooms next year. GM says it holds a trademark for the Hummer grille design, which has been used on Hummers for 16 years. GM spokeswoman Kelly Cusinato said the H2 and Jeeps are distinct, and customers won't be confused. AM General will assemble up to 40,000 H2 sport-utilities each year at a new plant in Mishawaka, Ind.
Red-hot grille issue
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