Corvette ‘E-Ray’ Trademark Has a Powertrain Patent As well

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The fine, fine people over at Vehicle &amp Driver spotted a trademark filing created by Basic Motors for “Corvette E-Ray,” which possibly means they’re going to ruin the Corvette quickly.

The trademark filing was made on Dec. 16, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, about three weeks after General Motors applied for a patent for a “Hybrid Powertrain and Modular Rear Drive Unit.”

Wait, what … so you’re saying hybrid, mid-engine brown manual Corvette could be actual? Kill my mind.

The patent filing from Nov. 26, 2015 details a hybrid powertrain that would relate to a related “Hybrid Powertrain and Modular Rear Drive Unit For Same” that GM has had for a even though.

(The new patent application doesn’t directly specify “mid-engined Corvette,” but we all know that is what they’re talking about.)

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Like Car &amp Driver pointed out, any addition of “E” energy to the present C7 ‘Ray would be unlikely — there’s small to achieve other than endless entertainment watching World wide web forums melt.

But there is value in possibly hybridizing future Corvette models, which is now the probably future for Nissan’s GT-R, Porsche’s cars, and the like. However, quick of the 911, most of these automobiles aren’t so intimately married to a distinct powertrain: i.e. tiny block, pushrod V8s.

H/T to Bozi for powerful patent game. 


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We’ll Get The Chinese-made 2016 Buick Envision Sooner Than We Expected

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Buick announced Friday that it will bring from China the Buick Envision to sell in the U.S. subsequent summer time, two years following that car was introduced overseas, and that it will be the first Chinese-made car from a domestic manufacturer.

Automotive News reported that the modest crossover would go on sale sometime around August, earlier than expected from initial reports last month.

When it goes on sale, the Envision will be powered by a two-liter turbocharged 4 that makes 252 horsepower and will only be supplied in all-wheel drive to start. The model will be bookended by the subcompact-sized Encore and complete-size Enclave and fill a substantial require for the premium automaker. 

The Envision is constructed on Common Motors’ replacement for its Theta platform that will at some point underpin the new Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

The new crossover will most likely start near $ 35,000 to fill the void amongst the Encore, which starts at around $ 25,000, and the Enclave, which begins close to $ 40,000.

The Envision will be roughly 1 inch longer than the Audi Q5 at 183.7 inches and significantly less than 1 inch shorter than the Acura RDX. Each premium crossovers commence at more than $ 35,000 — the RDX is priced closer to $ 36,000 and the Q5 starts more than $ 40,000.

The Envision will be assembled in GM’s Shandong facility.


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