February 27, 2003 -- A U.S. District Court
judge has continued until June 15th the hearing in which
General Motors sought a temporary injunction against Avanti
Motor Corp. over the design of Avanti's new Studebaker XUV
(Xtreme Utility Vehicle).
Motors' suit contends that Avanti's Studebaker XUV "knocks
off" the shape of GM's Hummer H2 and will confuse the
public. The hearing in Michigan's Eastern District, South
Division of the U.S. District Court, originally scheduled
for February 17, was postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 26
due to the judge's concerns over the jurisdiction of the
had to be a major disappointment for GM," said
a spokesperson for Avanti Motor Corp. "As they
continue their bullish ways, it just creates more interest
officials have noted that besides featuring a completely
different body style, thr Studebaker XUV features sliding
rear side doors and a sliding rear roof, first seen on the
1963 Studebaker Wagonaire.
Motor Corp., the largest independent carmaker in the United
States, plans to begin production of the Studebaker XUV
sometime this fall. Approximately 1,000 of the vehicles
are expected to be manufactured at Avanti's facility in
Villa Rica, Ga.
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 is 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
dealer network. Their starting price is approximately $75,000.
more information and photos of the vehicles' differences,
visit the company's website at www.avantimotors.com and
search the press releases.
IL - February 18, 2003 -- Avanti Motor Corp.
had their first victory in the case recently filed against
them by General Motors. A U.S. District Court judge delayed
the hearing in which GM was seeking a temporary injunction
against Avanti Motor Corp. until February 26, 2003 because
of jurisdictional concerns.
Motor Corporation will keep their Studebaker Xtreme Utility
Vehicle (XUV) in the Chicago Auto Show. General Motors had
initially requested that the vehicle be removed.
Motor Corporation Chairman and CEO Michael E. Kelly stated
that he feels Studebaker would not have gotten nearly this
much recognition if not for GM bringing it into the spotlight.
Kelly said "We are extremely excited for our new
XUV, the public support for the XUV and Avanti has been
reaffirmed that Avanti Motor Corporation will continue taking
the necessary steps to produce the 2004 Studebaker XUV.
"Car buyers will certainly not be confused,"
said Kelly. "Put both vehicles side by side, and
the distinct differences are apparent."