Move over Chevy Volt, a little brother could possibly be on the way.

General Motors filed a trademark application for both 'Chevrolet Bolt' and 'Bolt' earlier this month, specifically for use as automobile names. Trademark filings often hold clues for upcoming models or new products from automakers, says
Manoli Katakis, editorial director of GM Authority, an independent news source covering the latest news from The General.

"It's really hard to tell what it could be at this point. It could be a word-play off the Volt, or it could be a concept of sorts," Katakis told Autoblog. "As we've seen with the trademarks of 'Stingray,' 'MyLink' and 'Z28,' it's usually a preliminary indicator that something is coming."

Trademarked names can also lead to dead ends. Car manufactures can apply for trademarks and sit on them for years. A company has to demonstrate use once it is granted a trademark, but the company can then file extensions on proof of use. That's how Chrysler got away with registering the name "Barracuda" two years ago, and more than a two-and-half years later, has filed four extensions to show use without building any new Barracudas. General Motors also holds on to a trademark for "Chevelle" 35 years after the last one rolled off the assembly line.


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      EB110Americana
      • 4 Months Ago

      Bolt (other than "a bolt of lightning") sounds very industrial to me. I wonder if this could be for a truck or crossover?

      Billy Farmer
      • 4 Months Ago
      AB I think you meant Chrysler filed for the name barracuda 2 years ago, not Chevrolet lol
      nnsbio
      • 4 Months Ago

      In addition to Chevy Volt, they should also register Chevy Jolt and Chevy ReVolt. 

      Rotation
      • 4 Months Ago

      I like the name. Not sure what it would be used for, but I do think it's a good name. Especially for some kind of electrified car.

      feerbmeh
      • 4 Months Ago

      I heard back when I was a kid, (in the 50s),that the Chevrolet was referred to as a "Stove Bolt". 

      dohc73
      • 4 Months Ago

      Sounds like it'll be a real jolt.


      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      I actually patented Chevy DOLT, hey close enough.
      superlightv12
      • 4 Months Ago

      I like the Chevy Nope. It has a major safety defect and costs $2 to fix it. Will they? Nope!

      sonatalover2011
      • 4 Months Ago

      Its the all new Chevy POS....truth in advertising

        Ziv
        • 4 Months Ago
        @sonatalover2011

        Sonatalover.... LOL!

      TruthHertz
      • 4 Months Ago

      Chevy Bolt

      Verb

      The action one takes after accidentally proceeding into a Chevolet dealership and realizing all the lost tax payer dollars, illegal bankruptcy favoring the unions, and record setting recalls associated with GM.

      TruthHertz
      • 4 Months Ago

      That sound much better than the Chevy Delayed Recall...

      David
      • 4 Months Ago

      Oh please.  Nobody's going to steal that ugly logo from them!

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