• Sep 23rd 2009 at 5:28PM
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In what looks like a serious-but-probably-the-norm case of industrial espionage, General Motors' South Korean Daewoo division is reportedly alleging that the Russian automaker TagAZ has tried to copy its Lacetti sedan. Backing up those allegations are the arrests of two TagAZ engineers – former Daewoo employees who are said to have taken computer files from one company to the other. A third former Daewoo employee, an executive, left notes proclaiming his innocence and then committed suicide.

The two engineers reportedly copied at least 6,000 documents outlining designs and key technologies used in the Lacetti. That information, according to Daewoo, was used by TagAZ in the creation of a car it launched this past summer in Russia. South Korean prosecutors are still investigating the case, after which Daewoo will decide if it wants to pursue the matter for criminal damages. TagAZ hasn't said anything in response to the allegations. If nothing else, this could be good practice for GM – it will now know what to do if it happens at Opel...

[Source: Drive.com.au]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      For what it cost to steal the plans, Suzuki probably would have given them every single Forenza they've got left.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is a plot for a Hollywood movie.

      A big auto company GM wants to kill its child Opel by selling it to the Russians and Canadians without technological documentation. But there is a small Korean company Daewoo that produces facelifted Opels. The best KGB spies save the German company by stealing the documentation for the latest car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i saw a mazda3 on the road once and for a split second, i mistook it for a Peugeot. =(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Russian vehicles have to be made more substantial than what we're used to, because their roads are terrible. There are still horse drawn wagons on mud streets struggling to get goods to market. The CIA missed this entirely when they claimed the Soviet Union had the capacity to attack us. They didn't even have the ability to get crops off the ground where they were dumped because there were no silos, and their truck output was/is so puny there was no way they could feed their army if mobilized, let alone get them into battle. All this info was in TIME magazine for anybody to read, but the CIA was trying to keep their jobs by scaring us into wasting billions trying to keep up with a bankrupt ghost.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Come back when you've driven a Lada and fixed it with chewing gum.

        I'm waiting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "left notes proclaiming his innocence and then committed suicide"

      "innocence", right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL! If I'd seen your comment I wouldn't have bothered to post mine. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What else are fromer KGB agents to do? Old habits die hard...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, so the whole post is a ripoff with nary an attempt of even the most basic investigation.

      Here is a quick one for you, go to the website of the company:

      For lazy people, the right hand corner up top has Hyundai's logo plastered for all to see. Doesn't that make the story that much more interesting than copy/pasting? And if that was not enough, TagAZ has produced cars under Daewoo's licensing before. So now you got two Korean automakers having a war by proxy through Russian manufacturer. All that excitement brought to you by copying and pasting five letters into a search engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        OOH LOOK!

        Found under Автомобили (Automobili in roman script).

        They also state they *are* Hyundai в России: Hyundai of Russia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Mazda has a case against GM Daewoo.

      Put a smiley face on that car and you have the Mazda 3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you ask a toddler near you to draw a car he or she will pause for a moment and return to you in the afternoon with a sketch of a Chevrolet Lacetti. It doenst get any more generic saloon shaped car than that.

      !!!! - NOTE - !!!!
      Does not work with italian toddlers. They'll return to you with a beautifully drawn supercar.
      !!!! - NOTE - !!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who would care to copy a Daewoo?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That comment makes me laugh chuckle until you realize what kind of cars they have is Russia. BTW the Lacetti will eventually be sold in the US as our Chevrolet Cruze, so its kind of a big deal to GM.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Lacetti is based on a platform that GM plans to use all over the world, a platform that works in every continent is a very valuable thing. Especially to companies that don't have anything close to such a chassis like TagAZ
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another case of actions speaking louder than words...
      • 6 Years Ago
      To those who "discovered" the home page of TagAZ and say idiotic things:
      - Yes, TagAZ is Russian partner of Hyundai, assembling the previous-gen Accent, Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra
      - TagAZ set up a Korean subsidiary years ago and took over production rights to the Ssangyong Korando and Musso about two years ago. It now produces the Tager, based on the Korando and the Road Partner, based on the Musso.
      - TagAZ also teamed up with Chery for local assembly of the A5 and Tiggo.
      - Earlier this year, TagAZ which struggles with serious financial difficulties introduced its self-designed C-100 Vega sedan with dimensions looking suspiciously like the Lacetti, the previous one which was sold in North America as Suzuki Forenza. TagAZ says the Vega was designed in Korea.
      - GM Daewoo now says, that technology related to the Lacetti (and probably the Captiva) was stolen by TagAZ Korea.

      So although TagAZ is currently partner of Hyundai in Russia, it also pursues other opportunities
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