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00:00:02
>> At this year's Shanghai Auto Show, one name has landed itself unwittingly in the spotlight. Local car maker GAC wheeling out its flagship brand as it prepares to enter the US market. But until recently, it never knew that Trumpchi would become such a big talking point. Reuters' Jake Spring has the story on how the name came about.
00:00:24
>> Trumpchi was founded around a decade ago, when they had no idea about Donald Trump even existing. They wanted to make a name in English that sounds like twanchi which means legendary and they say has quite a nice ring to it. So they made it Trumpchi, which sounds very similar, and they said also trump sounds like it's the best, and chi sounds like China, Trumpchi.
00:00:47
>> The company says any similarity between the car's name and the US commander-in-chief is purely coincidental. But that doesn't mean they're ignoring it.>> And only last year when he started to gain traction in the US election did people start to realize this could be a problem and it really became a problem when they went to the Detroit auto show earlier this year and people were taking pictures and laughing and questioning why is it called this.
00:01:09
So now at the Shanghai auto show a group of GAC executives for the first time address this broadly to the media. And they explained we had no idea. We're now researching, should we change the name? Should we not? They say they haven't made a decision to change but they're open to it.
00:01:24
>> GAC says it plans to be on the map in the US by 2019. The question is, will it by then have a name that's a little more coupee and a little less toupee?