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Over 100 emergency vehicles will hit Detroit’s streets in the next few months, including 23 ambulances and more than 100 police cruisiers, thanks to a coalition of private sector donors that pitched in for the vehicles.

The Detroit Free Press reports that companies like Penske, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Quicken Loans, the Kresge Foundation, and Platinum Equity all chipped in to help buy the new vehicles for the city. The Big Three automakers also lent a hand, providing Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles.

Interestingly, the city will not be the official owners of the vehicles, nor will they be responsible for their maintenance. None other than Roger Penske said that the vehicles would be outfitted with “top of the line” equipment and would be ready for duty in the next few months.

Detroit is now essentially controlled by state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr, after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked him to help step in and manage Detroit’s finances. Orr previously worked on the 2009 Chrysler bankruptcy.

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Junkyard Find: Bubble Caprice, Gucci Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-bubble-caprice-gucci-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-bubble-caprice-gucci-edition/#comments Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456822 After discussing Kreayshawn‘s love for the Buick Reatta in the recent ’88 Buick Reatta Junkyard Find post, it seemed only fitting that I would find a car at the very same Denver self-serve yard that appears to be an homage to Kreayshawn’s greatest hit.
While the 1991-96 “Bubble” Caprice isn’t a particularly common sight in self-service wrecking yards, they’re not realy old or special enough for me to pause when I see one in the GM section among the Saturn SLs and Olds 88s. This one, however, looked a little odd.
Could it be that GM was following in the footsteps of the Etienne Agnier Edition Volkswagen Golf and bringing back the Detroit designer-edition car? Well, probably not.
It’s pretty clear that we’re looking at the aftermath of a fabric-and-glue-gun frenzy, involving a Caprice that was likely on its last few thousand miles.

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Is Chevy Launching SS Sub-Brand?Does Autoblog Know that Trademarks and Patents are Two Different Things? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/is-chevy-launching-ss-sub-branddoes-autoblog-know-that-trademarks-and-patents-are-two-different-things/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/is-chevy-launching-ss-sub-branddoes-autoblog-know-that-trademarks-and-patents-are-two-different-things/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:16:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440895 Last week General Motors filed an application with United States Patent & Trademark Office to register SS as a trademark (search for 85597402 here). Though Chevrolet has used the SS designation since the early 1960s, first appearing on the ’61 Impala SS, it has apparently never before taken the steps to protect it as a trademark. Trademark registrations have to be for a specific use and in this case the use specified is “Motor land passenger vehicles, namely, automobiles.”

There’s been talk that GM will be reviving a storied nameplate for the civilian version of the RWD Caprice PPV cop cruiser, a name that will also grace Chevy’s forthcoming NASCAR “stock” cars. Some have suggested that the new model will be marketed simply as the Chevy SS. Chevrolet did use the SS name on a concept car for the 2003 show circuit. Using SS as a nameplate, though, might create confusion with how the SS brand has been applied to other Chevy models, and also how any SS would be distinguished from a supposed Impala SS model, seen testing in spy shots.

Actually, the trademark application cites the first use in commerce of the SS mark as March, 16, 2009, which happens to be when the revived Camaro, including its SS variant, went on sale. To me that means that Chevy will continue to use SS as a performance variant even if there is a specific SS model. More likely, though, I think that Chevy is just doing with the SS brand what other manufacturers have done with SVT and AMG nametags, creating a performance sub-brand. Perhaps they are following Chrysler’s example with the SRT brand, creating a SS halo vehicle (as the Viper is to be for SRT) that helps promote regular Chevy’s offered with the SS package.

Now that the factual reporting is out of the way, I have to say that Autoblog’s coverage of this topic is one example of how patents and trademarks are used as interchangable terms when they really aren’t. They repeatedly conflate patents and trademarks in ways that betray a near complete ignorance of the different kinds of intellectual property, what they cover or how rights are secured.

Turns out, though, that General Motors just got around to patenting the designator SS on April 13, 2012.

No, that’s not correct. It turns out, though, that GM filed an application to register a trademark for SS on April 13, 2012. Trademarks are for words and symbols. Patents are for inventions and processes. Other than both being forms of intellectual property and both being managed by the same government agency (though completely different departments of that agency), patents and trademarks have nothing to do with each other. Furthermore, the phrase “patenting” wouldn’t have been applicable even if it was a patent. The application is just the first step in getting either a patent or a trademark.

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Chevrolet To Get New NASCAR Entrant – And All New Product For Showrooms http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chevrolet-to-get-new-nascar-entrant-and-all-new-product-for-showrooms/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chevrolet-to-get-new-nascar-entrant-and-all-new-product-for-showrooms/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434956

The Chevrolet Caprice might be second to the Toyota FT-86 in the sheer volume of rumors surrounding when and where it will go on sale. The rear-drive, 6.0L V8 powered Caprice is currently sold only to fleet customers, but the “detective’s cars” sold as unmarked units look suspiciously like civilian-ready full size sedans.

Chevrolet announced that their Impala, set to be redesigned in 2014, would be replaced on the NASCAR circuit by an all-new model that would also be sold in showrooms. Chevrolet said they’ll unveil the new model later this year, with a 2013 debut in showrooms. The Impala is out, and it would be too early for Chevrolet to produce the Code concept, and the “Gen Y” positioning would be all wrong for NASCAR.

The Caprice makes a lot of sense; rear-drive, V8, great nameplate (even though the Caprice was never in the upper echelon of the muscle car hierarchy) and already approved for sale here in the USA. But the specter of rising gas prices, CAFE regulations and Murphy’s Law makes me wonder whether this is all too good to be true, and if a small-block V8 powered performance sedan is really what GM wants to launch in this kind of economic and political climate.

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Down On The Mile High Street: 1967 Chevrolet Impala http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1967-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/down-on-the-mile-high-street-1967-chevrolet-impala/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393463
With all the relatively solid big Detroit cars from the 1960s getting eaten by The Crusher in these days of $4/gallon gasoline and $250/ton scrap steel prices, how does a rough survivor like this sedan manage to stay out of the Chinese steel foundries?

The probable answer: because it keeps running!

The mid-to-late-1960s full-sized Chevy cars (and I can’t sweat this is actually an Impala, since all the emblems and most of the trim are gone; we might be looking at a Biscayne with Impala taillights, or a detrimmed Caprice) tended to be very sturdy and simple to fix, and they were manufactured in such vast numbers— well over a million units for the 1967 model year alone, counting wagons— that parts are still easy to find. Engine blows up? No problem— just drop in a random 350 from Pick-N-Pull and off you go.

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Sometimes We Pay The Price For Looking Cool http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/sometimes-we-pay-the-price-for-looking-cool/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/sometimes-we-pay-the-price-for-looking-cool/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 02:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375248
Now that my ’66 Dodge A100 runs and drives, I’m contemplating what sort of stance it’s going to have once I install the new wheels. Certified Rambler-racin’ madman and Denver chop-n-channel artist Cadillac Bob suggests that I jack up the front end for that solid-axle gasser look, and he’s probably onto something. However, a cool stance sometimes leads to unpleasant sheet-metal-versus-concrete interactions.

Whether you’re jacking the rear of your ’68 Cyclone about four feet in the air in order to fit the fattest Mickey Thompson tires you can find (as I did to my daily driver at age 18) or installing 24s on your Caprice (as the previous owner of this rollover-victim Caprice I spotted in a NorCal junkyard this morning did), you’re ditching a lot of engineering man-hours dedicated to making your machine handle at least somewhat predictably. Worth it?

After seeing this bonked donk, which no doubt wrecked due to bizarre handling characteristics caused by its monster wheels, I’m reevaluating the idea of the gasser-ized A100; the handling of that van is squirrelly enough at factory ride height, the single-circuit four-wheel-drum brakes are pretty scary, and let’s not even discuss the zero crush space between driver and concrete abutment.

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