DETROIT -- General Motors' lawyers have sent Visionary Vehicles LLC founder Malcolm Bricklin a letter advising him not to use the Chery brand name in the U.S. market.
Bricklin plans to sell vehicles built by China's Chery Automobile Co. in the United States starting in 2007.
GM "said Chery sounds too much like Chevy," Bricklin says. "I don't think so. They don't want Chinese cars coming into the U.S."
Bricklin told Automotive News on Friday that he has not yet decided if he will use the Chery name in the United States.
During his Chicago auto show press conference last February, Bricklin held up a small, die-cast model of the Chery QQ subcompact and said he would tell GM CEO Rick Wagoner that the miniature would be the "only Chery" that would be imported into the United States.
Separate from its issue with Bricklin, GM is suing Chery in China, alleging that the QQ is a rip-off of the design of the Daewoo Matiz, made and sold in China as the Chevrolet Spark.
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