In my book titled "Daytona: Race For Your Life" I use a very wide variety of real cars and manufacturers. In case you're wondering what the story is about, here's a short summary:
When A’darrion Howard, a 20-year-old African-American street racer visiting in Daytona, gets into some trouble with the leader of the Red Seals, an underground street racing gang, he’s forced to race against five of the toughest members of the gang. And if he wins those races, A’darrion must race the leader once again, and losing any of the races could cost him his life.
In the book, A'darrion (the main character) drives a 2011 Nissan GT-R. I read that stating negative things about a product (such as "this product will most definitely kill you") will cause copyright issues with the company. I state in the 4th chapter that A'darrion's transmission is fried after using the GT-R's "launch control" so much after 6 years of owning it, and he has to buy a replacement from the nearby NAPA. Would this count as stating negative things about the product, and will using NAPA's name cause issues?
Also, A'darrion's "trainer" owns several cars. This is the passage that states most of the cars the trainer owns:
Each car was organized by manufacturer. The BMW M4 GTS he had raced the was beside a Z4 GT3. He had a Volkswagen Golf GTI, and even a classic 1995 Chevrolet Lumina #41 Nascar that looked like the player car from the 1996 Daytona USA arcade game. A’darrion soon found the Miura parked next to a 1965 Countach and a 1965 350 GT.
Is it safe to talk about all these cars (including the antagonist's two Porsches) without asking? I also have a question about the Lumina. Since I reference to Daytona USA (an old arcade game from Sega AM2) but only talk about the player car (#41 Hornet High Class), would that be all right?