LOS ANGELES - A federal bankruptcy court judge has denied a request by Daewoo Motor America for a temporary restraining order to stop General Motors from importing Korea-built vehicles for sale as Suzukis and Chevrolets in the United States.
The judge set a Nov. 12 hearing date on Daewoo Motor America's motion for an injunction to block the imports. Eventually, Daewoo Motor America hopes the case will reach a jury trial in bankruptcy court.
Ruling on Wednesday, July 30, Judge Sheri Bluebond said the motion for a restraining order failed to meet the requirement for emergency relief. But she noted that Daewoo Motor America's ongoing case could "give rise to damages (against GM), but maybe not injunctive relief" that would force the cars to be sold through Daewoo's existing dealer base.
GM plans to bring Daewoo-built vehicles as 2004 Chevrolet and Suzuki models this fall. Chevrolet plans to sell the Aveo subcompact sedan here, while Suzuki will sell the Forenza compact sedan and Verona mid-sized sedan. They are lightly updated versions of cars that sold here as Daewoos.
The first shipments of Suzuki-badged cars left Korea on July 11.