Aston Martin is accusing Henry Fisker of copying the Vanquish without consent to build the Thunderbolt concept.
Aston Martin is accusing Henry Fisker of copying the Vanquish without consent.
A former Aston Martin designer, Henrik Fisker unveiled earlier this month at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance a concept called Thunderbolt which is basically a restyled Vanquish. When the car was officially introduced, Fisker said it will actually reach limited production series handled by Galpin Aston Martin, but now it's unlikely to happen as Fisker is being accused by Aston Martin of copying the Vanquish without any legal authorization.
In a statement made by Aston Martin, Henrik Fisker is accused of "bad-faith intent to free-ride off the tremendous goodwill associated with the famous Aston Martin mark, wings logo, side vent mark, and Vanquish mark could not be more transparent." Moreover, AM says Fisker is using the "bait-and-switch" scheme which refers to the situation when a company is trying to attract (bait) customers with features the product doesn't actually have and then they are pressured to choose (switch to) other similar products.
Interestingly, Aston Martin says Henrik Fisker actually used an older DB9 or DBS as a donor car to create the Thunderbolt but he is trying to entice potential buyers by saying it's actually based on the newer Vanquish.