Have you ever wondered why brands register their cars with INPI here in Brazil? THE National Institute of Industrial Property it assures companies that their products cannot be copied in any way, under severe penalties. That is why cars are registered here, in general, before they are sold.
However, there are some cases where car manufacturers register several different models, but never offer them on our market. With this information in hand, The automatic+ searched INPI records for 10 vehicles that were already registered in Brazil, but never released in the domestic market.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Without official performance in Brazil for many years, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was registered in the country in 2017 and was not sold here. The luxury SUV competes, in Europe and the US, with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and BMW X3. The Stelvio was recently restyled and already has a different look than the model at INPI.
Like other cars on the list, such as the Stelvio, the Chevrolet Blazer registered in 2018 at INPI no longer has the appearance in Brazilian patents. Visually thought to be a Camaro SUV, the Blazer is larger in size, but seats five. It’s like a Chevrolet Edge, but it’s not a single, unlike the S10-based Trailblazer made here.
Citroen C5 Aircross
Patented in the middle of last year, Citroën C5 Aircross is the old promise of the French brand to our country. But now considering that it is a high quality and low price brand, because of C3, the possibility of C5 Aircross coming to Brazil is almost missing. It is the highest room, the same square as the Peugeot 3008.
DS 7 Crossback
Outra marca de luxo do grupo Stellantis que registrou seus carros por aqui, mas não os vende é a DS. A refinada francesa já atuou por aqui quando ainda era uma divisão da Citroën, mas agora independente não traz seus modelos. No INPI temos o DS 7 Crossback, o maior SUV da marca e que também é equivalente ao Peugeot 3008, mas mais luxuoso.
And date of death in Europe, Ford Fiesta was registered in Brazil in the last generation. Interestingly, the blue oval brand patented the model with two doors, a configuration that will never be sold in Brazil. The model at INPI has been changed from the previous model and that inspired the look of the rework of the New Brazil Fiesta and the Ka.
There was a time when CAOA considered importing the second generation Hyundai Veloster to Brazil. In 2018, the model was registered in the country, but since the Brazilian group was involved with Chery cars, it preferred to leave the Hyundai operation aside. So much so that a true sports Veloster, without the HB20 engine, never came.
About go offline in the US, the Jeep Cherokee was registered in Brazil in its last seen use. Earlier, when it had split headlights, the model was sold in our market, but without much success. Today it will not be possible to see the Cherokee in Brazil again, as its role is played by the Commander, who has 7 seats.
Peugeot 308 SW
A mid-sized station berry sold in Brazil is as likely as your cell phone to grow wings and fly right now. But anyway, Peugeot registered patents for the new generation 308 SW all over here. The beautiful station wagon is part of a series of cars that the French brand usually registers with INPI and is never sold in Tupiniquin land.
Toyota Corolla XSE
Alternative versions of Brazilian cars are usually registered by Toyota in Brazil. The highlight goes to the Corolla XSE, a sporty looking version of the American Corolla, which has a different style than the national one. At INPI, Toyota has already registered the European/Japanese Yaris, the Thai Yaris, as well as the American Hilux (Tacoma) in the old generation and in the new one that is yet to be launched.
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
Ever since the Touareg and Tiguan took off, Volkswagen hasn’t had an SUV bigger than the Taos. But in INPI the German brand has registered Atlas Cross Sport. The large SUV coupe is similar to the Audi Q8 and was patented in its American version, which has a different shape than the Chinese one, called Teramount X.