According to Inautonews.com, Zhan Baosheng purchased the Tesla trademark in China back in 2006. Tesla didn't try to claim the name until 2009, three years too late. And it doesn't look like Baosheng is budging on a buyout. Tesla reportedly offered $326,000 for the name, Baosheng wanted $32 million. That led the company to take the name-change route.
China, meet Tuosule.
Here's the literal translation according to China Daily:
Tuosule actually combines three Chinese words: Tu, which means "expand", su, "speed", and le, "fun", or "happiness".
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