Buick Grand National Return Rumored as GM Trademarks Name


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.


T. Roll says:


Goss says:

As much as I would love to see this, let the old dog sleep.  Don’t need anything to tarnish the GN reputation it has.

Keith H says:

 Perhaps you’re right. If they use the front-drive new Regal it will certainly be a dud.

Shawnblakey says:

What is wrong with bring back a legend

Crash says:

Yes but only if it lives up to the legend. Remember the reserected fwd “nova” of the 80’s? Yeah me neither……

Roland says:

what, is the ZR / ZL -1 tarnishing any reputation??

Freemanmatthew36 says:

They might base it on the Camaro.

Colum Wood says:

Or the Cadillac CTS platform. That would also be cool… with a new twin-turbo V6.

Shawnblakey says:

I think that the GM should bring back the GNX fully to beat corvette, mustang, and camaro, not a damm grandma car

Roland says:

umm, nice idea but if you know GM flagship policy like I do, not happening.

Grimm says:

Yes they should, I want to see the old buick regal body style back on the road with today’s technology. 
A beast on the highway. It’s needs to be lighter in weight and have a base hp of 400hp with turbo option. Get it together Buick i’m counting on you…

Roland says:

TORQUE SOUTH Tuning – WILL be ready.

Tylerviher says:

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

Tylerviher says:

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.