Among Jeep’s presentation to investors covering the brand’s plans for the next few years was a juicy but exciting piece of news: The Wag’s back, people! We are of course referring to the Wagoneer nameplate, which last adorned a Jeep product in the early ’90s. For 2018, Jeep will affix the Grand Wagoneer name to a plus-sized, more-luxurious Grand Cherokee with a third-row seat. If this formula sounds familiar, that’s because Jeep tried a similar tack with the ungainly Commander a few years back. Unlike that boxy, oddly proportioned behemoth—which was unwisely introduced just before gas prices spiked and more-efficient three-row crossovers were coming into vogue—we suspect the new Wagoneer will hew closer to the original model’s recipe. That means a more opulent interior than other Jeeps, along with a certain je ne sais quoi, which we hope will again take the form of body-side wood paneling.2014 Jeep Cherokee Tested: A Sacred Nameplate … [Read more...] about Wag Swag! Jeep Bringing Classic Grand Wagoneer Nameplate Back!
Chevrolet has announced that it will replace its current Impala SS NASCAR Sprint Cup race car for the 2013 season, and that the new car will be based on a vehicle and nameplate new to the brand’s lineup. Although Chevrolet is playing it close to the vest, a PR representative confirmed the following to us: “Neither the car nor its name will be a derivative of an existing one, such as the new Malibu or the upcoming redesigned Impala, but the Chevrolet race car will closely resemble the production version.”Signs point to the street car possibly being based on the platform of the rear-wheel-drive Holden Commodore, which was sold here with V-6 and V-8 power as the dearly missed Pontiac G8. Chevy already plans to offer a long-wheelbase version of that vehicle for North American police duty as the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. That said, Chevrolet declined to confirm whether the new vehicle will be both rear-wheel drive on the track and street. But when the company says that … [Read more...] about Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Car for 2013 to Be Based On “New” Car and Nameplate
A report in Britain’s Autocar quotes FCA supremo Sergio Marchionne as saying that a return of the Dino nameplate at Ferrari “is not a question of if but when.” The Dino arrived in the late ’60s and early ’70s as a sub-brand named for Enzo’s son, and the cars carried no Ferrari badging; it would this time come back as a full-fledged prancing horse, powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6.Introduced in 1968 as the Dino 206GT, the original was a mid-engine two-seater that featured ultra-sexy bodywork and was powered by a 2.0-liter V-6. The engine was soon upgraded to 2.4 liters in the 246GT, which survived through 1973. The model was replaced in 1974 by the 308GT4, a two-plus-two, which eventually lost its Dino badge and was thus subsumed fully into the Ferrari family.Marchionne has stated that he’s not interested in moving Ferrari downmarket, so the new Dino would serve a slightly different purpose this time around. The company needs a … [Read more...] about Report: Ferrari to Resurrect the Dino Nameplate
After a look at those (surprisingly few) models that sold over a million annual units, after traveling 20 years back to the year of the Taurus and the much-anticipated May World Roundup, today we’re going back to basics and put the spotlight on the good old US market.Bored with home? That’s ok, because you can check out the best-selling cars in 167 additional countries and territories on my blog. They’re all there and they’re waiting for you so click away!Back to the US.In June the Chevrolet Malibu sold 31,402 units, the nameplate’s highest monthly volume in… 32 years!2012 and 1980 Chevy Malibu. Spot the differences…While General Motors delivers its highest monthly volume since September 2008 with 248,750 sales, the Malibu was up 32 percent year-on-year and indeed passed the 30,000 units mark, just 705 units short of becoming the country’s best-selling passenger car: the Toyota Camry kept that title … [Read more...] about Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Is the Malibu Nameplate Reborn?
It’s no secret that new-car buyers are shunning sedans as they instead flock to SUVs and crossovers, and that’s true at Cadillac as well. Unfortunately, the division’s revitalization strategy has relied heavily on traditional four-doors—the redesigned CTS, the ATS, and the CT6—and sales have been weak. Speaking to Reuters, Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen acknowledged that a “realignment” is in order. And while several familiar nameplates won’t be renewed—including the ATS, the CTS, and the XTS—this isn’t quite the full turn toward crossovers that some are suggesting. Reading between the lines, one sees that Cadillac’s car count drops only from four to three, while the division adds two new crossovers.In the report, de Nysschen says that the ATS and the CTS won’t live beyond the current-generation cars, which reach the end of the road in 2019. But then he says that a new sedan, the CT5, will appear. With the … [Read more...] about Cadillac to Axe ATS, CTS, XTS Nameplates, Will Go to Three-Sedan Lineup
No matter who you are or what status you hold in society, at some point in the past 34 years you did something in a Chevrolet Cavalier, and it was probably a lackluster experience (barring anything in the backseat, though even then…).For reasons unknown, the nameplate that once summed up everything that was wrong with domestic compacts will return to the automotive landscape on a China-only Chevrolet model, GMInsideNews reports.The name will return on a compact model built by SAIC General Motors Corporation, hopefully without the peeling paint, tinny body panels and bargain basement plastic that graced its American-market predecessor.Slotted between the Cruze and subcompact Sonic in terms of size, the new compact adopts plenty of Cruze styling up front but not much in the rear, if photos leaked to the Chinese media are accurate.GMInsideNews notes that the Cavalier shares an identical wheelbase to the Daewoo Lacetti, which underpins the Chinese market Buick Excelle. Their … [Read more...] about China Resurrects a Great Nameplate for a New Chevy: ‘Cavalier’
The first name that comes to mind when anyone says “Buick two-door” could make a comeback.General Motors wants to use the storied Riviera nameplate on a future vehicle, and it now has the trademark application to prove it, GM Authority reports.The automaker filed the application on May 18, specifying that the name is meant for vehicle badging. A previous filing for the name came before the unveiling of the Riviera design concept at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, but that one wasn’t in the “badges for vehicles” category.The name brings carries a suitcase packed with historical appeal. As Buick’s entry in the “personal luxury coupe” game, the Riviera was always a large, technology-laden two-door — a sub-Cadillac status symbol.Think back to the jagged first generation Riviera, one of the great designs to emerge from the 1960s, or the “boat-tail” Riviera of the early 1970s. Try not to remember the bloated, vinyl topped … [Read more...] about Riviera, Resurrected? GM Files Trademark Application for Famous Nameplate
The Kia Sedona is the fastest-growing auto nameplate in the United States so far this year, nearly quintupling its first-quarter volume to 7670 units in 2015’s first three months.We chose not to factor in the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and Audi A3, all of which actually recorded even year-over-year percentage improvements, not because they’re not selling at a far more prodigious pace than they did a year ago, but because they weren’t available in new or old form at this stage last year. Nor were the Kia K900 and Ram ProMaster, vehicles which would also have cracked the top ten.At this time in 2014, Kia was finishing off its second-generation Sedona minivan. The new van, reviewed on TTAC earlier this month, didn’t truly take over until the fourth-quarter. Kia’s on track to sell more than 30,000 Sedonas in the U.S. this year, more than discontinued and/or forgotten vans like the Mazda 5 and Nissan Quest, but a far lower total than that which will be … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Auto Nameplates In America: 2015 Q1
Toyota may have a new Scion i model in mind, as the automaker has filed a trademark for the iR nameplate.The trademark filing to protect the name occurred April 23, reports AutoGuide. Toyota intends to use the name for a model with four or more occupants to be sold in Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States.As for what the iR could be, Scion chief Doug Murtha stated his brand’s newest addition – after the Mazda2-based iA and Toyota Auris-based iM – wouldn’t be a crossover, but a vehicle already on the global market as a Toyota, such as the Aygo city car also on sale as the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108.[Image credit: Toyota] … [Read more...] about Toyota Files Trademark Claim For Scion iR Nameplate
While General Motors dealt with trademarking issues over the Chevrolet Bolt, the automaker filed a new application last month for the GMC Granite nameplate.The application is the third to secure the Granite name for a product which may see the light of day, AutoGuide reports. The name was originally used for a concept compact crossover, which made its debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.GM filed its first application for the nameplate a couple of months prior in early November 2009, abandoning it the following September. Nearly two years later, the automaker filed for a new application with the intent to use the name on “motor land vehicles, namely on-road passenger automobiles.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office required the company to provide proof the name would be used in commerce within six months. Since then, GM filed all five of its six-month extensions, the last in November. With no product bearing the Granite nameplate in sight, however, the automaker had to … [Read more...] about General Motors Files Third Application For GMC Granite Nameplate