The Skyline nameplate has been inexorably linked with Nissan, and even enjoys a storied status primarily based on its high-performance GT-R variants. Any automobile fanatic who can inform a 5-speed from a CVT is aware of the title. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Ford from trademarking the “Skyline” title with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace.
The submitting, found by Ford Authority, is dated July 12 underneath the class of “Motor and land autos, particularly, SUVs, vehicles, and cars.” Both Ford intends to apply it to an upcoming mannequin (or trim stage), is squatting on it in hopes of getting plans for it down the street. Or perhaps Ford is simply trolling Nissan in an epic manner.
The Skyline title truly predates Nissan. It was initially utilized by Japan’s Prince Motor Firm for his or her mid-size sedan. Within the early Nineteen Sixties, 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 considered one of Nissan’s longest operating nameplates in Japan and holds plenty 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 in the course of the introduction of a unique mannequin altogether.
Ford, alternatively, has by no means used the title, nonetheless it did use the title “Skyliner” on a number of fashions within the Fifties. It was used to indicate numerous open-top fashions such because the Crestline Skyliner, Crown Victoria Skyliner, and Galaxie Skyliner — the final automobile to characteristic a manufacturing unit retractable hardtop till the 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder.
The present Nissan Skyline is bought as an Infiniti Q50 within the U.S., however plainly Nissan will be unable to make use of the Skyline title right here until some legal professionals get entangled. If we have been them, we might be working additional time to trademark Silvia, Patrol, Bluebird and so forth proper about now.