Nissan Seeks Trademark for Confusing Model Names, Hints At Future EV Lineup

nissan seeks trademark for confusing model names hints at future ev lineup

Luckily for no one, the addition of electric model ranges to various OEM portfolios will only make today’s alphanumeric naming situation worse, including at Nissan. Mercedes-Benz and BMW deserve honorable mentions in this naming crime, but it’s really an industry-wide problem.

That brings us to this tidbit: the names IMQ and IMS, which just appeared in a trademark application. Until now, we’ve only heard about the Nissan IMX, which fails the name-recognition test compared to more more well-known monikers like CRX, MDX, and, um, DMX. The sought-after names point to two future vehicles, both of which might accompany the IMX electric crossover into production.

Just as no automaker can be without a bevy of crossover models these days, no self-respecting automaker can be without a future electric crossover. With the IMX, revealed in concept form at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has an … interesting … addition to the green car landscape. It’s bold, rakish, and Nissan says a model drawing from it will reach production by 2020 or 2021.

The European Intellectual Property Office trademark application uncovered by AutoGuide points, at the very least, towards two more concept vehicles, though it’s possible the IMQ and IMS (the latter of which sounds like something sport-oriented) could join the future lineup. Or, one of these two names might stand in for the actual production version of the IMX concept. If you didn’t know, “IM” stands for Intelligent Mobility.

There was nothing stodgy about the IMX concept. In addition to the radical styling (how practical is that Acura ZDX-like rear?), the vehicle boasted two electric motors sending 429 horsepower and 517 lb-ft of torque to each corner. As we all know, 0-60 times and pure, raw power is what green car and crossover buyers alike care most about.

You won’t have to wait long to see another electric concept from the automaker, either. The company’s luxury division has one scheduled for a debut at next month’s North American International Auto Show.

[Image: Nissan]

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  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.