TGIF: IP question of the day

Fact

The Chinese police drives around in Mercedes-Benz cars. However, this is frowned upon by many Chinese people: driving around in luxury cars paid for by taxpayers’ money is considered unnecessary. The police came up with a simple – and apparently working – solution: the Mercedes-Benz logo is replaced with a logo of a much cheaper Honda.

Question

What legal actions can Mercedes and Honda take against this (mis)use of their respective trademarks? Please answer the question from an IP point of view, using at least one Chinese word, and fill in your answers in the comment field below.

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