February 19, 2003

Avanti rebuffs GM lawsuit; says Studebaker XUV is “distinctly different” to Hummer H2

Chicago, Illinois – Avanti Motor Corporation announced that plans to roll out the 2004 Studebaker Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV) will move forward, despite a recent lawsuit filed by General Motors. GM’s suit contends that Avanti’s Studebaker XUV “knocks off” the shape of GM’s Hummer H2 and will confuse the public.

“There will not be any confusion on the part of the car-buying public,” said Kelly. “Put both vehicles side by side, and there’s no question that the Studebaker XUV is distinctly different.”

Kelly stated that Avanti Motor Corp. never considered using GM, Hummer or H2 designs for their Studebaker XUV. It was also noted that no GM parts were used to build the new Studebaker XUV. “There are no parts of an H2 Hummer that fit on a Studebaker XUV,” Kelly said. “Furthermore, the Studebaker is based on original concepts and designs developed by Avanti Motor Corp. The Studebaker XUV has a completely different body style, from the front end to the rear gate, and it has sliding rear side doors and a sliding rear roof, the same as a 1963 Studebaker Wagonaire.” The two vehicles in question share absolutely no common parts.

Avanti claimed GM’s lawsuit is intended to create a monopoly on the market of boxy, utility-type vehicles, thus preventing Studebaker, Ford, or even Chrysler from producing this type of vehicle in the future.

The 2004 Avanti Studebaker XUV measures 80 inches wide, 79.6 inches tall and 215.5 inches long, with a 134-inch wheelbase and a curb weight of 5,900 lbs. It will be offered with either a 325-horsepower, 6.0-liter turbo-diesel V8 or a 310-hp, 6.8-liter V10. The V10 may be equipped with an optional supercharger, which raises the engine rating to 425 hp. A five-speed automatic transmission will be offered with both engines. The Studebaker’s use of the Ford F-250 platform will enable the vehicle to be serviced by an established Ford dealer network.

The Hummer H2 is no stranger to legal action. Ironically, last year Daimler-Chrysler sued GM over the design of the vehicle, claiming the grill was a knockoff of the Jeep’s classic seven-slot front.

Avanti Motor Corporation, located in Villa Rica, Georgia, is the largest independent carmaker in the United States, and is now in its 40th year. It can be found on the Web at www.avantimotors.com.

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