The Skyline nameplate has been inexorably linked with Nissan, and even enjoys a storied popularity primarily based on its high-performance GT-R variants. Any automotive fanatic who can inform a 5-speed from a CVT is aware of the identify. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Ford from trademarking the “Skyline” identify with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace.
The submitting, found by Ford Authority, is dated July 12 below the class of “Motor and land autos, specifically, SUVs, vehicles, and vehicles.” Both Ford intends to apply it to an upcoming mannequin (or trim degree), is squatting on it in hopes of getting plans for it down the highway. Or perhaps Ford is simply trolling Nissan in an epic method.
The Skyline identify truly predates Nissan. It was initially utilized by Japan’s Prince Motor Firm for his or her mid-size sedan. Within the early 1960s, engineers wedged a straight-six into the previously four-cylinder household saloon and created a robust racing pedigree. Prince and Nissan merged in 1966, however the Skyline mannequin continued and was developed into the legendary Skyline GT-R.
It’s one in every of Nissan’s longest working nameplates in Japan and holds a whole lot of cultural cachet. Earlier this 12 months, a Japanese newspaper that Nissan was going to kill off the Skyline, a Nissan govt took the bizarre step of issuing a strongly worded denial throughout the introduction of a special mannequin altogether.
Ford, then again, has by no means used the identify, nevertheless it did use the identify “Skyliner” on a number of fashions within the 1950s. It was used to indicate numerous open-top fashions such because the Crestline Skyliner, Crown Victoria Skyliner, and Galaxie Skyliner — the final automotive to function a manufacturing facility retractable hardtop till the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder.
The present Nissan Skyline is offered as an Infiniti Q50 within the U.S., however plainly Nissan won’t be able to make use of the Skyline identify right here except some attorneys become involved. If we had been them, we might be working additional time to trademark Silvia, Patrol, Bluebird and so forth proper about now.