Audi, Nissan settle Q-series dispute

Nissan and Audi have settled a recent controversy over the Q7 name out of court, according to auto motor und sport. The so-called 'gentlemen's agreement' means Audi can continue to use the Q7 name for its large luxury SUV, and also clears the way for the German carmaker to use the Q-series nomenclature for future SUVs, including the proposed Q5 and Q3 crossovers. In September, Nissan sued Audi over its use of the the letter "Q," which it was already using for the Infiniti QX utillity vehicle and Q45 saloon. There are reports of a financial settlement, but details have not been disclosed. The German and Japanese carmakers reportedly agreed to keep the settlement under wraps.