As rumors of a mid-engine C8 Corvette Zora continue to flutter through the air, including possible sales in Australia, chalk one up for General Motors, at least in the legal department.
GM has been battling to have its Corvette emblem approved in the Land Down Under for the past three years, and this week comes word that the government agency In charge of trademarks there has finally given the green light to Chevrolet.
IP Australia originally turned down GM’s request four different times, saying that the yellow-on-red bowtie for Chevrolet looked too much like the Red Cross, which is protected under international law and has long-time connections to Australian wartime history.
The approval finally came this week, but with a catch. Chevy must change the colors in the bowtie.
“It is a condition of registration that, in use, the cross device contained within the trade mark will be rendered in colours other than red on a white or silver background, or white or silver on a red background,” IP Australia said.
That means an Australian version of the C8 would likely have a different emblem than others sold in the United States and presumably other countries, too.
The approval apparently clears the way for any future right-hand-drive Corvette to be sold in Australia, amid rumors that a new mid-engine version will be sold there as a $150,000 halo car for the Holden lineup, replacing the V8 Commodore performance cars that are no longer built there.
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