Buick Grand National Return Rumored as GM Trademarks Name

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Weeks after it was discovered that General Motors had filed for trademarks on the Riviera badge, two other iconic Buick nameplates also appear to be resurrected: the GNX and Grand National.

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.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Tylerviher Tylerviher on Nov 14, 2012

    The grand national was not rated at 276hp, that was the GNX. the GN was rated closer to 245hp.

  • Tylerviher Tylerviher on Nov 14, 2012

    I actually hope they DON'T resurrect the nameplates Grand National or GNX, because if they do, it will likely be a lame FWD turbo car based on the crap they have currently. Unless GM is willing to build a nice RWD car with a long hood/short deck and doors that I can roll the window down and put my arm out (unlike the unreasonably high trim line on cars like the Camaro where the door comes up to my neck before breaking to window), they should just leave it alone as one of the few stars of the 80's.