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The Italian importer of Shuanghuan's vehicles Martin Motors presented Noble at the Bologna auto show to potential European buyers. The car will bear the name Bubble and will have new logo.



Martin Motors is determined to sell the China-built small car in Europe despite a legal challenge from Daimler AG, which claims the model is a copy of its Smart ForTwo.

Martin Motors, of Italy, has renamed the car the Bubble to avoid another legal dispute. British sports car maker Noble Automotive owns the Noble name in Europe.

Martin Motors spokeswoman Viviana Martinelli told Automotive News Europe that the Shuanghuan Bubble will make its Italian debut at the Bologna auto show Dec. 5. Sales will begin immediately afterward. The 68-hp, 1.1-liter Bubble will be priced above 9,000 euros (95,612 yuan) in Italy.

The Bubble will not be sold in Germany until the dispute with Daimler is resolved.

Martinelli thinks the Bubble cannot be confused with a Smart ForTwo.

"We are convinced a four-seat, front-engine, front-drive vehicle is quite different from a much shorter two-seater with a rear engine and rear drive," Martinelli says.

Martin Motors is the European distributor of vehicles built by Shuanghuan, which is based near Beijing. Shuanghuan has the capacity to build 30,000 vehicles a year.

Martinelli says Shuanghuan plans to make 1,000 units of the Bubble for Martin Motors this year.
 

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Italian version of Shuanghuan Noble - Martin Motors Bubble will hit Italian market this October:
http://www.omniauto.it/magazine/12944/martin-motors-bubble

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Nothing, there is no way to get rid of plagiarism, and worst of all is that not all claims against the intellectual right or win ... but tell that to Daimler, which has not been able to slow the entry into the European market Shuanghuan Noble.

According to the latest news, this clone of the Smart will be sold in Italy since October under the brand name and the name Martin Motors Bubble. Faced with the ForTwo, adds two additional rear seats and placed by ability level of the Toyota iQ. With 3.3 meters, is powered by a Suzuki parent engine with 1.1 liters and 68 hp, five speeds, and adapted to use unleaded petrol and LPG interchangeably.

In Italy only be sold with a single trim level that already includes air conditioning, power steering, electric windows, central locking with remote control, fog lights, alloy wheels, MP3 CD radio, power mirrors, etc. The suggested retail price of € 11,400 and between the main options are mixed fabric upholstery / leather (400 €), full leather upholstery (600 €) and glass roof (400 €).
 
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