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Chrysler registers Cuda trademark (updated)

Plymouth Cuda

Chrysler has registered the word “Cuda” as a trademark. The specific purpose is currently unknown, though the category is “passenger vehicles, their structural parts, trim and badges.”

The Plymouth Barracuda debuted in 1964 as a sporty Valiant variant. The Plymouth ‘Cuda was a high performance version of the Barracuda. In 1970, the Barracuda joined the new Dodge Challenger on a new platform, which reportedly was created by using aspects of the A (compact, e.g. Valiant) and B (midsized, e.g. Coronet) platforms. The Barracuda and longer-wheelbase Challenger were lauded for their looks, but many found their cornering to be clumsy compared with B-body cars like the Dodge Charger. Neither sold in anywhere near the projected levels, but now command high prices as used or restored cars.

Ralph Gilles has publicly stated that, due to high demand, Chrysler was looking into ways to bring the ‘Cuda back, but there could be backlash from the remaining Plymouth loyalists if it arrives as a Chrysler or a sub-model of the Challenger. The Plymouth brand was phased out for many years, culminating with its final end nearly ten years ago.

Additional: Bill Cawthon added,

Chrysler doesn’t need to license a scale model; models of the Cuda are available in almost every scale already. Chrysler might be registering the Cuda name to prevent it from being used by someone else. An individual attempted to register the Plymouth logo in 2008, though the filing was ultimately abandoned.

However, it should be noted that the Plymouth name is still a registered trademark of Chrysler LLC. It hasn’t yet been assigned to Chrysler Group, LLC. The registration number is 71316420. This doesn’t mean a future Cuda would necessarily be a Plymouth, just that it could be, as Chrysler still owns the marque.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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