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Mumbai, Aug. 18 “We are extremely confident that there is no infringement of any intellectual property,” said Mr Anand Mahindra, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra, while responding to queries regarding reports of dispute between Mahindra and US automaker Chrysler on Scorpio’s design.

“The issue has to do with the grill and not the entire design of Scorpio. Dialogue between the two companies will resolve the issue,” he told reporters at the press conference on Monday, held to announce the joint venture with the Chinese tractor company.

Meanwhile, sources familiar with the issue indicated that there was no question of legal battle over the design dispute although there were a few e-mail correspondence between Mahindra and Chrysler at the middle management level.

Hummer

Mr Mahindra has made it clear that the company is not interested in buying Hummer, the SUV brand of the US automaker General Motors. “There has been a lot of speculation. I am saying categorically that we are not pursuing Hummer. At the Auto Expo, we have showcased our strength as green warriors and we don’t want to tarnish our image,” he said, alluding to the gas guzzler image of Hummer.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 19, 2008)
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