FCA Files for Cuda Trademark, Puts Dodge Enthusiasts on Alert

October 21st, 2020 by

For a third time in the past decade, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) registered a trademark for the Cuda name. The initial filing dates all the way back to 2010, with another one that followed in 2017, and now once more the automaker opted to renew the patent once more. This time around we do have more details, and the records from the United States Patent and Trademark Office reflect that FCA registered another Cuda filing for “land vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles.” Initially, it was the folks over at MuscleCarsAndTrucks who noticed the patent earlier this month (October 2020). The real question is what does this all mean? And what particular FCA brand might have a Cuda model in the works? 

For starters, we should note that there is no current indication this Cuda patent will eventually morph into a muscle car, but it gives enthusiasts hope that perhaps Dodge does have something even more menacing in the works. Another important thing to note is that this particular patent is different from a Barracuda patent that was initially filed in 2015. FCA has since abandoned all Barracuda plans, but experts say they wouldn’t be surprised if there are even more filings in the coming weeks. After all, Barracuda back in the day referred to Plymouth’s iconic muscle car, while ‘Cuda was simply a trim level.

According to experts, the newly-filed patent points us in two different directions. One of FCA’s brands — namely Dodge — could certainly be prepping a comeback for the legendary nameplate, but on the other hand, it could also mean a new trim of the existing Dodge Challenger. Interestingly enough, the folks over at MuscleCasAndTrucks are even going as far as speculating that Cuda might just be the name of Dodge’s first electrified offering. Nothing’s been confirmed up until this point by the automaker as in-production plans are always top secret, but it’s safe to say that the sky’s the limit for enthusiasts. Of course, maybe the simplest reason as to why FCA filed the patent in the first place could just be because they’re simply protecting one of it’s most legendary nameplates. Maybe there are no plans for a Cuda vehicle in the near future, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 

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