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London Taxi Maker Cries Foul Over Rival’s Green Cab Designs

Boris Johnson sits inside a Metrocab .

Boris Johnson sits inside a Metrocab .

Photographer: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

The maker of London’s iconic black cabs sued companies building an environmentally friendly alternative, saying the similar design would confuse drivers and customers.

The London Taxi Company, a unit of Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd., said Frazer-Nash Research Ltd. and Ecotive Ltd.’s zero-emission Metrocab breached its trademarks.