Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
1 minute read
20 Jul 2021
12:05 pm

What? Shock surprise as Ford applies for Skyline name

Charl Bosch

Although more famous for using the Skyliner name, Ford's Skyline submission has come as a shock.

The iconic Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. Picture: favcars.com

In a surprise and unexpected development, Ford has effectively, and probably indirectly, caught Nissan off guard after a trademark submission in the name of the Blue Oval was discovered for the name Skyline towards the end of last week.

Ford applies for Skyline name
Ford Galaxie Skyliner. Picture: favcars.com

Uncovered by the FordAuthority online forum and subsequently late on Monday evening by Road and Track Magazine, the patent – submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office on 12 July – is listed underneath “motor land vehicles, namely, SUVs, trucks and automobiles”.

However, for the time being, it remains unknown as whether the Blue Oval will use it outright for a new or existing model, or secure it via the application and not use at all simply to prevent other manufactures from doing so.

Ford applies for Skyline name
Ford Galaxie Skyliner’s retractable hard-top roof required no human intervention. Image: favcars.com

While famous for using the Skyliner designation on a retractable hard-top convertible version of the Galaxie made between 1957 and 1959, and more recently on a concept campervan version of the Transit in 2014, the use and reason for deciding on Skyline remains a mystery, especially as Nissan never relinquished the designation when production of the R34 that spawned the very last Skyline GT-R ended in 2002.

Ford applies for Skyline name
The Nissan Skyline has never disappeared and today is marketed only as a sedan in Japan based on the Infiniti Q50.

Instead, the Skyline moniker has lived on, with the Infiniti Q50 being marketed in Japan as the latest generation Skyline under the V37 internal moniker since 2014 in sedan form only.

At present, it remains to be seen what the Ford badged Skyline will look like but as indicated, don’t expect an immediate unveiling.