Used to see this years ago with a Volkswagon model that was very similar to an Audi model. Don't remember what ones but numerous "Re-Badge" kits selling on eBay. Probably saw at least 10 over a year period.Whether it is a Toyota with a Lexus logo or a Acura with a Honda logo, it's nothing new and not that surprising. It's only stupid bad when people badge for another model or trim. A Lancer ain't a Evo.
280C verses 280CEHad a guy come into the Benz dealership and tell me he had a 6.9, someone had rebadged his 450 SEL. I tried to tell him the real 6.9 had a 12 quart DRY SUMP lubrication system for the engine versus the conventional 4.5 liter wet sump (normal) oil pan. Dry sumps are generally used in piston engine aircraft to eliminate oil starvation. Numerous pick up points and a 12 quart tank to prevent oil starvation under any circumstance. He refused to believe the obvious and I refused to order the wrong parts for his car. Went to the manager who told him the serial number CONFIRMED it was a 450 SEL. He still wanted to argue the point and left still believing he owned a 6.9.