Skoda India had launched a special edition of the Rapid sedan christened the Monte Carlo edition in August this year. The special edition pays homage to Skoda’s racing heritage and comes with some prominent cosmetic add-ons. However, the company will have discontinue the special edition or rename it soon.
Skoda Auto India has been restrained by a Delhi court from using “Monte Carlo” moniker, reports ET Auto. Ludhiana-based clothing and apparel company Monte Carlo Fashions approached the court over infringement of its trademark by the automobile major.
Going back in time even further, when Fiat and Premier automobiles formally split the first time in 1973, the Fiat 1100 Delite (or Fiat 1100D as it was badged) was renamed to the Premier President with some subtle styling changes including new bumpers and a new grille. It is said that the Indian government disapproved of the name ‘President’ being used on a car and thereafter forced the automaker to change the name to ‘Padmini’.