Not since the ’80s have these two badges graced the bumpers of a Buick and, not coincidentally, not since the ’80s has there been a Buick to lust after.
According to our colleagues at GMInsideNews, two trademarks have been filed, one for floor mats (likely replacement parts for the original models), while the other is for nameplates for use on vehicles.
As with all similar trademark filings, this is not a strict indication that Buick will offer such a car in the future, but that it is merely protecting the name just in case it decides to pursue that model into production. That “just in case” factor, however, is also a strong hint that at least a few folks at GM are strongly considering the idea of a modern day Grand National.
Based on the rear-drive Regal, the Grand National was introduced in 1982 and ended production five years later with what is generally believed to be an underrated turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 with output of 276 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque.