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Mercedes-Benz trademarks G73 and S73 AMG models

Mercedes-Benz recently filed trademarks for a number of model names, suggesting that the automaker has plans to revise model names to denote their latest powertrains. But then, these registrations can’t be taken as an assurance that the automakers will actually use them. However, in this case, we have heard rumours about the automaker’s future that support the reports.

It was last September 24 that the automaker’s parent company, Daimler, filed for all these trademarks in Germany. And it was a month and a half later, December 8 when the patent and trademark office made these official and public. Automotive blog, Auto Guide, then learned about this when the automaker submitted paperwork for most of these names on January 22, 2018, in Canada.

As mentioned earlier, we think that the 73 moniker will be used by Mercedes-AMG for a version of the 4.0 liter biturbo V8 with the addition of the plug in hybrid parts. The 73 is said to be capable of giving out 800 horsepower (597 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-metres) of torque.

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BMW names its first fully electric production SUV as the iX3, expect it to arrive in 2019

For the past several years, BMW has been working on electric mobility, or electrifying their current models. This is why the German automaker has trademarked a range of “i” nameplates for their future lineup of electric models. One of the latest models would be the “iX3trademark that suggests that BMW’s best-selling SUV will be the first of many in a long lineup of EVs.

AutoExpress just said that BMW has filed the trademark of the iX3 name earlier this month, and it will be joined by a range of i-badged trademarks that already exist, such as the iX1, the iX9, and everything in between. Without a doubt, the iX3 nameplate will be seen on the back of the BMW’s electric X3. It is currently the only fully electric SUV that the company has confirmed for production by far, and according to the automaker, this model should be out sometime in 2019.

Other models that will join the iX3 would be the upcoming i5, which was first previewed to us by the Vision Dynamics Concept. The German company plans to schedule the production of this model in 2020 to rival Tesla’s Model S, with its 373-mile range. Keeping their hopes up, they expect these two models to make up as much as 25 percent of their overall sales by 2025. In 2017 alone, BMW has plans on selling 100,000 plug-in hybrid cars, alongside an overall cumulative sales figure of around 200,000 vehicles.

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Nissan’s trademark filing for IMX hints at production of new lightweight sports car

Back in 2013, Nissan introduced the IDx Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. When the audience first saw this, a lot of people got excited to see a lightweight sports car as part of the Nissan's lineup – particularly one that’s even lighter than the outgoing 370Z. The Japanese company eventually said that we should not expect a rear-wheel drive model, but instead it will preview the brand's future direction in terms of design.

A few years later, Nissan finally comes back with what seems like a preview of a production model of the IDx. Furthermore, the company has recently filed a patent under the name "NISSAN IMX" that will be used for a production model, according to sources. That's not all, the trademark filing said that this will be used on "electric vehicles" and "sports cars". You may want to check out the complete patent description online. But here are some details you might want to know.

The name will be used on vehicles for locomotion by land, air, water, or rail. This includes electric vehicles like electric automobiles, wagons, trucks, vans, SUVs, buses. Apart from that, recreational vehicles like campers, motor homes and trailers are also included. Moreover, sports cars, racing cars, bicycles, lorries, and fork lift trucks like tractors were part of the list too. But that is not all, Nissan also included structural parts and fittings like brake pads, vehicle bumpers and safety devices (for land vehicles). These include airbags, mudguards, air pumps and license plate frames.

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Nissan registers the name 'Terra' at Malaysian patent office

This month, a new patent was registered by Nissan Malaysia's patent office under the name "Terra". This patent suggests that a new electric SUV/CUV by the Japanese automaker may be on its way. Just after the company announced the Nissan LEAF, we hear about the Terra, so we are thinking that this might be the five-door hatchback model that the company will be developing next.

This is because back in 2012, Nissan had already presented a concept they called the Terra at the Paris Motor Show. This was a hydrogen fuel cell concept that carried a Nissan LEAF powertrain. Now that there's a patent for it, people are assuming that the Nissan Terra will be an all-electric model, similar to the Nissan LEAF. But it might get a second electric motor on the rear to make it an all-wheel drive setup. The fact that Nissan is sharing development costs between several vehicles is quite smart. That’s what they’re doing for their electric vehicles including the LEAF, the e-NV200, and most likely the Terra EV.

You may be wondering why the patent was registered in Malaysia, instead of a country that's closer to the brand like Japan or the US. This is probably because large companies like Nissan want to avoid making too much noise about their strategies. That’s why they didn’t file the application at a nearer or larger patent office. Too bad Autocar was able to track the registry almost instantly.

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Following the premiere of the Q8 Concept in January, Audi has finally registered the Q8 at the EUIPO. The automaker from Ingolstadt has recently also filed a trademark application for an RS model. Registered under vehicles and means of transport, Audi appears to be focused on increasing its SUV portfolio even after the Q2’s recent launch. EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) officials are now examining the RS Q8 application.

To those who still could not believe that a new RS badged-SUV is already brewing, it can be recalled that Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s chief has previously confirmed that more SUVs will be receiving the RS badge in the coming years. Concerning the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann had also said that the SUVs should have other important aspects as well such as safety, quality and comfort.

Due to the growing market for high performance SUVs, Audi it seems is only doing what is reasonable and that is by fulfilling the demands of their consumers, regardless if the R8 Supercar is more in demand according to their own studies.

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This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles released the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, joining another creation from hell, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Just recently though, speculations have surfaced that FCA might develop a creation from a place opposite of hell: heaven. This comes as FCA apparently applied to trademark the name “Angel” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

As revealed by Fiat Chrysler Authority, FCA applied on July 17, 2017 for the name “Angel” as a trademark to be used for motor vehicles, including passenger automobiles as well as their structural parts, trim, and badges.

The Demon is practically a super-muscle car for FCA’s Dodge brand. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that could deliver, as standard, 808 horsepower of max output and 717 lb.-ft. of peak torque. A personalized and serialized Demon Crate could unleash the full potential of this Demon V8 engine to 840 hp of max output and 770 lb.-ft. of peak torque. This V8 engine is matched to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission. With its looks and power source, the Demon is definitely a hellish ride.

Read the entire article FCA seeks to trademark ‘Angel’, application has been filed at US Patent and Trademark Office

When a company files a trademark application for a certain name, it usually means that it wants to exclusively use such moniker and effectively prevent others from using it. Of course, there are a number of other reasons why a company would apply for a patent. Just recently, Swedish auto maker Volvo filed a trademark application for the name “S50,” sparking several hypotheses on the company’s future plans.

The filing of a trademark for the “S50” name could that Volvo is planning to create a new product. It could be a future product being conceptualized or even a vehicle that is already in the works. For such a new product to use the S50 name, Volvo would want to keep the moniker from being used by other carmakers.

Volvo has never used the name “S50” to name its products. If we look at how the brand typically names its models, an S means that it would be sedan, with V standing for a wagon and XC for a sports utility vehicle. This was made clear especially with the carmaker’s new 90 series, with the S90 being a sedan, the V90 a wagon and the XC90 an SUV. It would only be logical to assume that a future product is in the concept or in the works, in the form of a sedan and it would be called the Volvo S50.

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Earlier this month, we were getting hints that Hyundai, along with its sister company Genesis, isn’t doing so well in the United States as well as in Europe. So this news may be a surprise for some. It looks like Genesis has plans on expanding its portfolio, and we mean adding many new models including the G70, at least one coupe, and an SUV.

Currently, the Korean luxury car maker carries the G90 and the G80 sedans in its lineup. And according to Motor Authority, Genesis has filed trademarks with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. Some of which are coupes under the names GT60, GT70, GT80 and GT90 - and all these have already been reserved for the company. It seems like they will be using “GT” for their coupes instead.

Back in 2016, the company had a leaked product roadmap that indicates their plan to release six distinct models by year 2020. And as of 2017, it already has three which are the aforementioned G90, G80, and the G70 sedans. This means that there will be three more that we should expect, and these are likely to be two SUVs (a small and a midsize), and a small sports coupe. The other coupes will have to wait until after 2020.

Read the entire article Genesis has filed GT Coupe and GV nameplates for upcoming models

It looks like no one is allowed to use the name TJ Cruiser except for Japanese automobile magnate, Toyota. Yes, you read it right. The name TJ Cruiser is already trademarked by Toyota and will soon be used in the production version of the FT-4X Concept.

The trademark, which was filed under the United States Patent Trademark Office, covers the “automobiles and structural parts thereof” – meaning, like all other patents, everything in the TJ Cruiser belongs to Toyota. The TJ Cruiser is actually a cheaper version of the FJ Cruiser which has been recently phased out.

While the Toyota FJ Cruiser gained fans quickly after going into production (aside from being the successor of the also popular J40 Land Cruiser), after ten years, sales started to decline and a redesign wasn’t the most practical way to go. Of course, fans were bummed but nothing’s forever in this world, and so Toyota had to move on from the success that was the FJ Cruiser. Now, the Japanese automaker is bent on diverging from the “boring” cars and creating a more interesting vehicle such as the FT-4X.

Read the entire article Toyota files trademark for TJ Cruiser but it remains a concept for now

British automotive manufacturer TVR has been working overtime on a new sports car, ever since the then-owner Nikolay Smolensky decided to sell the company to a syndicate of businessmen headed by Led Edgar, a millionaire British entrepreneur. The up-and-coming sports car will bear the codename "T37", and the still unnamed automobile will be unveiled later this year. To be specific enough, it will be welcomed by the public this September.

TVR’s comeback in 2013 started off with the announcement that it would be producing exceptional sports cars. Four years have passed since that day, and now it filed for a new trademark that indicates that the British marque is seeking to raise from the grave one of its most coveted models. TVR supposedly filed a trademark for the Griffith label, Autocar revealed. By now it is still not known whether the trademark will be used for a production model, a concept, or both.

TVR’s application for this trademark specifically mentioned motor cars and parts or fittings for motor cars included in class 12. This is giving us a clear indication that the British automaker is back in the game, that it is ready to make waves this year.

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It was in May of this year when BMW unveiled that the M4 Competition Sport during the 2016 Madrid International Auto Show. Through this model, the brand hoped to showcase a M4 variant that was geared for running in the tracks. Thus while weight was lowered, the power was increased, and with it came some improvements on the aerodynamics.

Many car enthusiasts are claiming that there is a possibility that in the near future, BMW will put enhancements as well on the other models. Proof of this is the revelation that the brand has filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization trademarks for the M1 CS and up to M8 CS. As such, it means that the likelihood of the CS name making a comeback is possible considering that it was seen last on certain hardcore models like the M3.

However for those familiar with the world of intellectual property, a company that files for a trademark does not necessarily mean that it will be coming out with an actual product. It can be seen as a way to prevent other companies from using that particular name. Under the context of BMW, CS has long been associated with Coupe Sport though it is just as possible that it can mean Club Sport.

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In March 2014 we found out that the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept is powered by the same twin-turbo V6 engine used by the Nissan GT-R, while in June, Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen revealed the fact that the production version will cost around $100,000.

Still, it appears that Infiniti is facing some troubles as the trademark application for “Eau Rouge” which was filed by a Nissan lawyer in January is still being considered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Eau Rouge is an high uphill bend at the Spa-Francorchams but according to an Infiniti spokesman there are no objections from the regional Wallonian government, the owner of the racetrack for almost a decade.

Marc Genicot a.k.a. the administrative and legal director at Spa-Francorchamps declined to make any comment regarding Infiniti’s U.S. trademark application. Earlier this year in April, the racetrack registered the name “L’Eau Rouge”, which means that Infiniti will have to reach an agreement in order to sell the vehicle in Europe.

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Tesla Motors Inc. finally resolved a trademark dispute in China with Zhan Baosheng, who had registered rights to the name in the country before the carmaker entered the market. In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, Tesla said it and Zhan reached an agreement to settle their dispute “completely and amicably.”

The agreement also includes the transfer of Web site names registered in China like tesla.cn and teslamotors.cn to EV maker. Zhan’s firm -- Cengceng Inc. -- is a skin-care company. Tesla said that Zhan agreed to have authorities in China complete the process of canceling the trademarks he had registered or applied for, at no cost to the carmaker.

The EV maker said the actions -- when taken collectively -- remove any doubt on Tesla’s “undisputed rights” to its trademarks in China. Tesla’s struggles with its trademark in China mirrors similar experiences in the country by Apple Inc. and Burberry Group Plc.

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Tesla Motors Inc. is facing a trademark infringement lawsuit against in China as filed by Zhan Baosheng, who registered the rights to the name before the US carmaker made its way into the country. Zhan is requesting that Tesla close its showrooms, service centers and supercharging facilities in China; halt all sales and marketing activities in the country; and pay him CHY23.9 million ($3.9 million) in compensation.

Tesla spokesman Simon Sproule, in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, dismissed the lawsuit, saying that it is Zhan who is attempting to steal the carmaker’s property. He noted that Tesla hasn't been served with seen the lawsuit.

Tesla has already secured a ruling against Zhan with the Chinese regulators. Zhan applied to trademark the Tesla name in English in September 2006, around three years after Tesla was established in the United States.

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Oh, the Toyota Supra is preparing to hit the showrooms and we do know this as the Japanese carmaker filed a new trademark application for the ‘Supra’ name. Filed on February 10th, the application covers “Automobiles and structural parts thereof”. Toyota was rumored to be working on a new Supra, but when the manufacturer unveiled the FT-1 Concept back in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, we knew something is happening although the carmaker denied it.

According to other rumors, the upcoming Toyota Supra will come with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter V6 turbocharged engine paired with an electric motor that will offer a combined output of more than 400 hp.

Regarding the design, we do expect a production variant of the impressive FT-1 Concept as it will make the new Toyota Supra the best-looking Japanese sports car on the market.

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Plans by Tesla Motors Inc. to penetrate into China, considered as the largest vehicle market in the world, has derailed after a businessman in the country claimed trademark rights to the name, people privy to the carmaker have told Reuters.  Tesla has originally intended to open a flagship showroom in Beijing at the start of the year, but has had to suspend the plan due in part to the trademark issue in the country.

The country already has its first shop-front in China, located at the Parkview Green Fangcaodi mall in Beijing. The shop still bears no Tesla sign, but is already donning billboards of the premium Model S, the $70,000 electric car.

Likewise, Tesla has yet to complete product registration with Chinese authorities allowing the sale of the Model S. One of the sources told Reuters that Tesla was almost done with the registration process.

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As we may know already, Tesla will build a compact sedan and the American manufacturer is already looking for possible nameplates for it. One of them is “Model E”, as the company already filed three trademark applications for this name in automobiles and structural parts therefore, automobile maintenance and repair services, as well as apparel. Still, each application will be assigned to a patent office attorney for examination in about three months.

But, there is a small problem… Ford might not like this! Back in 2000, Ford Motor Co. filed a lawsuit against the Model E Corporation due to the fact that Model E is too similar to its iconic Model T. A judge dismissed the case because Ford failed to allege a proper basis for suing Model E in Michigan.

Moreover, Ford also abandoned or cancelled trademark applications for Model E in 2001 and 2002. Despite this, Ford spokesman Jay Cooney said the company likely won't challenge Tesla's application. Later that day, he said that Ford will review the registration the company would have no further comment.

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Reports revealed that Jaguar has a pending application for the names Q-Type and XQ with the Patent and Trademark Office of the European Union. Jaguar has not officially responded to the reports but sources say that either one of these nameplates (or maybe even both) will be applied for a premium crossover that will be competing against the BMW X1 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Very few details are available as the crossover is still at a very early stage of development. According to Website Piston Heads, this vehicle may use the underpinnings of the Range Rover Evoque or it could be built on a new chassis that will also be used by Jaguar's upcoming 3-Series-fighting compact sedan.

As the Q-Type is targeted at the smaller end of the crossover segment, majority of the models will be available with a variety of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines with a displacement of around two liters. It’s also possible that there will be a top-of-the-line V6-powered version offered. Jaguar may even offer a gasoline-electric hybrid later in the production run.

Read the entire article Jaguar filed a trademark application for the XQ, Q nameplates

General Motors has filed a trademark application for the “Chevelle” name, according to GM Authority. On Dec. 4, 2012, GM filed this application referred to as the “Exterior badges for vehicles” category of Goods and Services with the USPTO. It has the serial number of 85794159. This application has been given the status of “Non-Final Action – Mailed” (641) as of March 22, 2013.

At this juncture, the Trademark office has notified GM that the application will be published for opposition so that others have a certain length of time at which that they can file a protest. The next step is the Notice of Allowance or NOA, enabling the applicant to proceed in finalizing the trademark’s registration.

What’s more newsworthy though is GM’s reason for applying for this trademark. It’s possible that GM wants to revive the use of the name Chevelle. It was in 1977 that this name was last used. Chevrolet’s Chevelle range was promptly succeeded by the Malibu nameplate.

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Buick’s choice of names for its new products is quite tricky because of the wide range of nameplates from its rich history. One example is Riviera, an intriguing historical nameplate that has actually been used recently too. This name was chosen for the 2007 Buick Riviera concept vehicle that made its debut in China. It never got the approval for production and it seemed that it won’t have much of a future.

However, it was discovered that General Motors has filed a trademark for the Riviera name, citing it to be used on automobiles. Before we jump to conclusions, it should be noted that automakers do fairly regularly trademark all types of names.

For example, Ford Motor Company has filed trademarks for almost all alphabetical "MK" names for their Lincoln brand even if it’s not likely that they will ever be used. But then again, GM has been more cautious with their trademarks. But actually, GM filed for the trademark last May 3. It’s not yet known which Buick model would have the nameplate.

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