Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has filed an application with theÂ United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the term “Angel.” Submitted onÂ July 17th, the name would be applicable to FCA-branded vehicles, specifically passenger automobiles, their structural parts, badges, and trim.
Is this to be a special edition Dodge SRT Demon emblazoned with blinding white bodywork or a electric economy car named to pokeÂ fun at the beastly coupe?Â Either way, FCA could certainly use something angelic in its lineup, because the heavenly Pacifica can’t be left to do all the heavy lifting.Â
Spotted by Allpar, the trademark filing eludes specifically to a vehicle’s name. But, as it offers no additional details, FCA’s intent is left entirely to our imaginations. My best guess is it will find a home on a concept vehicle we’ll see once in public before FCA places it in storage, but I’m hoping I’m wrong on this one. With AMC long dead, Dodge may be the only brand left that could get away with naming a production vehicle “Angel.”
However,Â the name could just as easily be reserved for any of Fiat Chrysler’s other brands. It’s incredibly difficult to imagine what the Jeep Angel might look like. Perhaps it will be a high-strungÂ hybridÂ â€” CEO Sergio Marchionne saidÂ the company will electrify roughly half of its fleet by 2022 and Dodge has to get around to EVs eventually.
There’s also a fair chance the trademark will never be used on anything. Automakers frequently scoop up names as a precautionary measure. MaybeÂ someone at FCA went on a FridayÂ bender, drunkenly suggested there should be a Dodge Angel, and an employee took them seriously enough to issue a filing.
Until the manufacturer lets something slip or theÂ Patent and Trademark Office is forced to abandon the claim due to non-use, all we can do is speculate and make giant leaps based off what we know.
Successor to the Dodge Tomahawk? Plug-in Ram ProMaster with a built in cathedral? The possibilities are as endless as they are stupid. You tell us what you’d like to see.