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The 1961 Impala SS inaugurated the SS trim line to the brand, and its SS cars have found more than a million homes since – examples like this 1966 model helping the way. Turns out, though, that General Motors just got around to patenting the designator SS on April 13, 2012. Since the SS descriptor has historically indicated a model variant or trim level, distinctions that apparently don't normally warrant trademark protection, the questions are why now and what for?

The evidence would seem to lead to this being a model designator, not just a trim, and there have been rumors that a civilian version of the police-only Caprice will hit the market and simply be called SS. But if that's the case, what would the hotter Impala prototype we've seen in spy shots be named, and what – if anything – would happen to the SS trim available on other Chevy models?

Click the image below for a look at the patent application, and we'll be looking forward to finding out what is going to go where.


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      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      If that rumored rear drive model brings back the name chevelle that would be insane.. Chevelle SS? I'd be b remaking down doors for that car
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe
        Breaking down doors* stupid autocorrect
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevy is getting a civilian car from the NEW Holden VF platform;) hint... Its not the current larger cop car Caprice, its Commodore/g8 sized.
        Ross92
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l9t8z
        VF is still a few years off, probably around mid 2014 so if you get anything soon it'll be current VE model. Nothing wrong with that though
      Audidodee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm betting the SS will be a civilian version of the police Caprice. This will let them further amortize the cost of converting the Holden into the Caprice and let them introduce a "new model" relatively easy. Chevy has already announced that the Impala will be replaced by a "totally new car" (i.e., new name and stickers) in NASCAR for next year and this will probably be it.
      ramairjer
      • 2 Years Ago
      USDM Commodore with LSA FTW! Do it GM.
      Christopher Veda
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, if the RWD ultra Cadillac is still happening, then make a kick-ass Chevy SS out of it, too!. No one will bitch about a shared platform if it's awesome.
      Mike Conoran
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about a Chevelle SS?
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully IF they do start importing Commodores again, as Chevys, they'll tweak the styling to give it a sportier, not so dull look. The G8s were, and still are, conservative yet very well styled cars. Build on that.....
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Build it in Janesville Wisconsin ans get people home GM.
      d_daniels@doubt.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does AutObLog Know that Trademarks and Patents are Two Different Things? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/is-chevy-launching-ss-sub-branddoes-autoblog-know-that-trademarks-and-patents-are-two-different-things/
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      The SS? Perfect car for the Obama brown shirt army homeland security. Anyway. Autoblog should know GM is preparing a true fullsize rear wheel drive sedan. This is for that. Been all over the net.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        As a Conservative, I ask that you please stop making the rest of us look bad with the out of place Obama remarks. So you are saying they are going to call the new model an SS? I don't know if that is smart because the moniker has been used on so many other models over the last 45+ years that it would probably cause confusion.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Too late. Cheney, Rumsfeld and the other war pigs already started recruiting for the new goose stepping regalia back in 2001.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gawd, what a cheap looking snore. It's one full body cycle behind the Koreans, and as generic as the Taurus, which is basically the same vehicle. I can't tell the greenhouses apart. Ditto the Malibu, which it's based on. GM, you won't have to wait long before everybody else eats your lunch again with product like this.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        You are wrong on at least a few things. The Malibu is FWD and based on the Epsilon II platform while the Caprice pictured above is based on the RWD Zeta platform that underpins the extinct G8 as well as the current Camaro and presumably this new model Chevy will bring out. The reason that car above looks as though it's a full body cycle behind the Koreans is because it is. The Caprice above was designed back in 2006 though it is still produced today. The model in the photos above is a plain-jane Chevrolet Caprice that's exported to the Middle East. The only thing it will likely have in common with the new Chevy model is the platform it's based on.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          You have to admit, it looks dull even for a 2006 model.
          T-Mille
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          Oh, if only the Malibu was rear-wheel drive... and if it still had that 3.6 V6.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          [blocked]
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably need to trademark it so Kia, Hyundai and others don't steel that when they are copying their designs.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        i can see how this could have been a legitimate comment 5-10 years ago... but if you take a look at the recent crop of offerings out of Korea, they aren't copying anyone. In fact it seems like most everyone is suddenly trying to chase the sonata and the optima, they have some of the most unique designed cars on the market (at least the American market). now the Chinese, well they are where the Koreans where 5-10 years ago, and the Japanese before them. Thankfully the Americans are also churning out some very nice machines, many of which actually are worth emulating.
          mylz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icon149
          are you mad! i cannot think of one vehicle in their line up that is not a copy or resembles another model. i mean the veloster is not a copy, but its for sure damn fugly
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