Honda trademarks ‘CDX’ nameplate

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Less than two weeks ago, we discussed the possibility of an Acura-badged version of the sure-to-be popular Honda HR-V. Now, Acura has gone ahead and registered a new trademark that fits in perfectly with its two other crossovers, the RDX and MDX.

Our friends at Auto Guide report the company has reserved the name “CDX” with the US Patent and Trademark Office, with the trademark covering “automobiles and their structural parts.”

While it’s true that these kinds of trademarks are filed regularly, the timing in this case is indicative of something more than simply covering bases. After all, it seems very, very unlikely that we’d have comments from Acura on a premium version of the HR-V on February 5 and a trademark filing for a name that fits the brand’s CUV nomenclature less than two weeks later, only for it to not go ahead and build an actual vehicle.

Adding to that logic is the simple fact that the compact CUV market, both on the premium and mainstream level, is arguably the hottest in the auto industry right now, and it seems like a virtual guarantee that we’ll see an HR-V wearing the Acura CDX name in the not-so-distant future. Should that come to pass, look for the CDX to challenge the near-premium Buick Encore, as well as a potential compact CUV from Infiniti.

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