Trademark filing hints at possible return of Dakota mid-size pickup

The Dodge Dakota hasn’t been in production since 2011 but a recent trademark filing may hint at a possible return of the mid-size pickup truck.

Motor Trend was first to notice that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed an application for trademark protection of the Dakota name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on April 29.

Before you get too excited, we should point out that automakers often apply for trademarks simply to protect the rights to a name. Furthermore, FCA’s Mopar aftermarket division currently sells a line of accessories for previous-generation Dakotas and the new trademark application could be for this reason.

Then again, many automakers have found success in recent years with their mid-size pickup truck offerings, especially Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan and Toyota. FCA also has a mid-size pickup in the form of the Jeep Gladiator, but the automaker’s dedicated brand for commercial vehicles, Ram, is noticeably missing

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Best Family SUVs – Top-Rated Family SUVs for 2020

Before you start shopping, we recommend identifying must-have features for your family so you can dispense with any SUVs that don’t deliver. Size is a good starting point. How big is your family and how willing are your loved ones to share their space? Most compact and midsize SUVs seat five in two rows, but many also offer the option of a third row.

Cargo room is important, too, since all those passengers are bound to have plenty of stuff to carry with them. The smallest SUVs and crossovers have enough room for five and not much else, while the biggest family SUVs can accommodate up to nine passengers and whatever they might bring with them.

Don’t forget that size is inversely correlated with gas mileage, generally speaking. So if you need maximum mpg, go with the smallest SUV that still meets your needs. Also, keep in mind that all-wheel

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The 15 Most Powerful Naturally Aspirated Cars for Sale

My, how time flies. The last time we did a roundup of the most powerful naturally aspirated cars on the market, we expressed concern the age of the free-breather was on the way out in the wake of the rising tide of forced induction. Compared to five years ago, we’re missing “all-motor” sweethearts like the Dodge Viper and the Ferrari 458 Speciale, but we’re still blessed with a cornucopia of big, lumpy, thumpin’ American (and other) V-8s sans blower or snail.

We’re also pleased to report this is quite the multicultural list, with at least one entry from nearly every major automotive production country that offers cars Stateside. As far as we can tell, only the U.K. and Sweden weren’t invited, though if Aston Martin manages to get the Valkyrie hypercar with its no-turbos V-12 into customer’s hands, we’ll be sure to include it on the next list.

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