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24Fiat trademarks '124', '124 Spider'

Fiat files trademark registration with the USPTO for the model names "124" and "124 Spider." The filing could presage a Fiat coupe and convertible built on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata platform that was previously going to be used for a new Alfa Romeo.

7Ssangyong takes another baby step towards US sales, registers 'Tivoli'

Ssangyong files applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for the names "Tivoli" and "Luvent." Consumer Reports says the brand eyes entering the US market in the next two years with a subcompact crossover that will launch in other global markets next year, and a hatchback built on the same platform.

12GM trademarks 'GearOn,' possibly for pickups

On May 27, a week before General Motors applied for a trademark for the word "Zora," GM filed a trademark application at the US Patent and Trademark Office for "GearOn," characterized as a "truck bed cargo system comprised of tiered storage cross rails, utility rack stanchions, cargo dividers and cargo tie down rings."

15Google files patent for gesture-based car controls

Tech users of the world beware – just as touchscreens have infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives over the past decade, gesture-based controls will do the same in the coming years. And yes, that includes gesture-enabled cars, according to a patent filing by Google.

5John DeLorean and the monorail that never was

Apparently John DeLorean was into more than just threatening the Big 3 with his DMC-12 stainless steel-bodied sports car. Winding Road uncovered a patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a unique monorail design that shows a pair of tracks suspended on either side of a divided highway. The elevated monorail would also allow an additional lane of traffic to flow beneath it. The DeLorean monorail, of course, was never built, and John DeLorean left this mortal plane in 20

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