Trademark filings are the tea leaves of the auto industry. Read them carefully – and interpret them correctly – and you might be previewing an automaker's future product plans. Here's a list of 10 we want to see go from paperwork to production reality.
The United States Postal Service has sent a request for information to automakers, seeking bids on a next-generation postal delivery vehicle. It needs 180,000 new trucks built with safety and package delivery in mind to replace the archaic Grumman LLV that's become a huge drain on service resources.
Motor Trend reports that Chevrolet engineers have worked out a 1LE package - the one that turns the Camaro into hot, trackable performer - for the SS sedan. The only question is whether it will ever get approved.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has put two cars from his personal collection up for sale on eBay. The first is a 1955 Chevy Bel Air that Junior had reworked by Funk Master Flex in 2004, the second is a 1999 Callaway Corvette C12 that was worth $200,000 when new.
Harking back to the Chevrolet Custom Sport Trucks the company produced in the 1960s, the monochrome Custom Sport package available for the 2015 Silverado can be had in black or white on LT and LTZ models for those in search of "a touch of elegance."
An article in the Daily Kanban suggests, the sun is setting on GM Korea, and it could already be well into dusk. GM's move into China, the Chevrolet exit from Europe and years of labor strife are driving the division over the edge.
General Motors has announced a brace of new features for OnStar, the first of which is a driving assessment program. OnStar takes note of certain driving parameters for 90 days, then provides the driver feedback on their driving, both individually and compared to other drivers in the program.
Out of 16.5-million overall sales in 2014, the top three vehicles sold last year in the US were pickup trucks, led by the Ford F-Series. The rest of the top ten featured three Hondas, two Fords, two Toyotas and a Nissan, and elsewhere on the charts a number of brands had record years.
Bob Sportel needed a cheap ride to get to work when he took a job at a farmer's co-op 38 years ago, so he bought a rusty 1957 Chevy pickup for $75 from a farmer. He's still driving it every day, 38 years later.
A report in Automotive News says Chevrolet honchos are "hustling" to have a new Malibu ready in a year. Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, is quoted as saying it will have "groundbreaking design" and "groundbreaking technology," and global design head Ed Welburn said the next Malibu's design will "make a significant statement" with "a very passionate design."
Chevrolet has reapplied for the trademark "Crossvolt." It originally applied for the name in 2011, then let the application expire this year. The theory is that the name could be applied to a Chevrolet Volt crossover.
The Buick Encore is doing so well and its platform-mate the Chevrolet Trax has such good reviewer vibes going for it already, that a GMC version hasn't been ruled out. During the recent press launch, Automotive News asked lead engineer Al Manzor if the Trax could wear a GMC-branded suit, to which Manzor replied, "I think that is certainly possible."