When Tata says it will invest $45 million in Infiniti Retail in India, it gets an auto journalist's attention. Especially since the Indian conglomerate owns Jaguar and Land Rover, while Infiniti, Nissan's luxury brand, doesn't sell cars in India.
But it turns out Tata is only talking about dishwashers and TVs.
Tata's Infiniti Retail operates 61 electronics and home appliance stores in India, known as the Croma chain.
Does that set the stage for a trademark showdown? An Infiniti spokesman in Nashville says only that the company is aware of Tata's use of the Infiniti name, and that lawyers in Japan are reviewing the matter.
It is a timely question, because Infiniti is busily expanding its footprint with stores in Russia, the Middle East, China and elsewhere. Earlier this month it announced it will enter Singapore, Indonesia and Mexico this year. Right now, says the Infiniti spokesman, India isn't on the table.