We have heard for some time that GM plans to sell a variant of the Chevy Volt in Europe beginning a year after the car is released in the USA.

The vehicle will likely be nearly identical down to the sheet metal except it will first be sold under the Opel and Vauxhall brands. Eventually the Chevrolet-branded Volt is expected to appear in Europe too.

So one question that arises is what the first European E-Flex vehicle will be called. A concept known as the Opel Flextreme had been shown a year ago mainly to illustrate the shape and the diesel generator, but the design has never been confirmed by GM as production intent.

It turns out that GM UK applied for a trademark for "Vauxhall Electra" on June 4th 2008.

Of course, Buick had used the same name for its famous gas powered full sized premium vehicle that was built from 1959 to 1990.

That is a good use of the name. Will we one day see the emergence of an E-Flex Buick Electra too? Time will tell.

Source ( Greenmotor.co.uk ) via ( Autobloggreen )