Car and Driver
has managed to get its hands on a trademark application for a new logo from Nissan, which contains “Pure Drive” and “R-Hybrid” labels. Nissan already uses the Pure Drive designation on some of its more fuel-efficient offerings but R-Hybrid is new and may hint at a new performance-oriented hybrid in the works at the Japanese automaker.
More interesting still is the design of the letter R used for the label, which resembles the design of the same letter in the GT-R badge affixed to Nissan’s flagship sports car. Nissan is reported to be considering adding hybrid technology to its next GT-R, the R36
, so perhaps we might see this new logo appear on that car.
It’s more likely, however, that Nissan will use the R-Hybrid designation on a range of sporty hybrids in the near future, rather than just the GT-R. Toyota recently revealed its own “Hybrid-R” badge, which it plans to use on future performance-oriented hybrids and will be giving us a taste of what to expect in the form of the Yaris Hybrid-R concept
at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show next month.
Note, Nissan and Toyota aren’t the only automakers looking into performance-oriented hybrids; Acura plans to launch a new NSX
with hybrid technology in 2015 and Mitsubishi is tipped to add some hybrid tech to its next Evo
. Then there are the new crop of hybrid supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
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