Nissan has decided to share the letter Q.
Audi and Nissan said last week that they had settled a lawsuit filed by Nissan in federal court in Detroit in March seeking to quash Audi's use of the letter Q in vehicle names. Audi wants to use the letter Q for its new range of SUVs, because of the quattro all-wheel-drive system -- but Nissan had qualms, quickly pointing out that it has a quartet of "Q" registered trademarks for its vehicles.
Audi executives were in a quandary, quaking about the possibility of having to change the name of their first SUV from the Q7. The seven-seat SUV will debut next year. A smaller Q5 SUV is expected two years later.
The quagmire had been scheduled for trial this month. Both companies are keeping quiet about how they quelled the quarrel; queries about the quid pro quos of the deal produced no details.