About 10 years ago, Buick showcased the 2004 Velite concept at the 2004 New York Auto Show. It was a roadster study designed by Bertone that followed the Bengal, a much more impressive concept in terms of styling, but one that was never considered to be a viable production vehicle. The Velite was introduced as a more practical version of the Bengal, but it never became a production car. Now a decade later, GM has filed a trademark application with United States Patent & Trademark Office for the term "Velite."
The manufacturer filed the application on November 19th, 2014, under the "Goods and Services" category for "motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof." GM previously applied for the trademark back in 2011 and although it has not been granted, it has received a fifth extension to submit a Statement of Use document. The office allows applicants a total of six extensions to submit the Statement of Use, which means GM is about to use the trademark in real-world product.
So what are we looking at then? First and foremost, the nameplate will likely be used for a Buick vehicle. Then there’s the Velite concept’s roadster configuration, which suggests Buick might introduce a convertible. That being said, there’s only one viable option at the moment, and that’s the rebadged Opel Cascada, a vehicle rumored to cross the pond with a Buick badge since 2013.
Expected to arrive Stateside for the 2016 model year, the U.S.-spec Cascada, or the Buick Velite if we can already call it that, will look nearly identical to its European sibling and feature the company’s trademark waterfall front grille.
Note: Opel Cascada pictured here.
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