After getting a look at the Lincoln Continental Concept last week, a seriously aggravated Luc Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief, turned to social media. On the Facebook page of Lincoln head designer David Woodhouse, Donckerwolke wrote: "Do you want us to send the product tooling?"
Continental divide: Bentley sees a 'copy'
What's eating Donckerwolke? From the side view, the Lincoln seems to share similarities with the Bentley Flying Spur. Both cars have expensive-looking chrome trim in the same general shape around the windows and rear haunches.
"This behavior is not respectable," Donckerwolke told Car Design News. "Building a copy like this is giving a bad name to the car design world."
The Lincoln did get a lot of buzz in the Big Apple, perhaps stealing thunder from the Cadillac CT6.
"I'll let the Bentley designers comment on that," General Motors President Dan Ammann quipped.
Adding to the tension, Lincoln and Bentley now have cars with the same name -- Continental. Bentley has had a Continental in its lineup since 1984, while Lincoln dropped its Conti in 2002.
Ford says it has kept the Continental trademark current.
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