Newly-formed Scout Motors Inc. has filed 41 trademarks this year, and some of them sound promising.

Late last year, the Volkswagen Group announced it was reviving the Scout moniker as a standalone off-road electric vehicle brand for the American market, launching two models – an SUV and a pickup truck – in 2026. The names of those models have remained a secret, but CarBuzz may have uncovered a few potential Scout Motors names in trademarks filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

41 trademarks have been filed by the newly formed Scout Motors Inc. in 2023 alone, all under Class 12 for automobiles, parts and accessories; electric automobiles, parts and accessories. Many have been for marketing slogans seen on the Scout website, and a large handful of old Scout-associated names were trademarked, but there were also 13 new names trademarked, of which a few could indicate potential model names.

Four stand out among the throng: Scout Hauler, Scout Reaper, Tellus, and Travelstar XL. Also of note was a filing for Scout Spirit.

Travelstar was previously the name of a special model created by Custom Vehicles Incorporated (CVI), but to our knowledge, it never had an XL variant. The Travelstar name was also trademarked this year, but the XL suffix suggests a possible long-wheelbase variant.

Tellus, meanwhile, is a Latin word used as an alternative for planet Earth. Scout Spirit is technically new but has old connotations, as the original Scout had a ‘Spirit of 76’ special edition to celebrate the US Bicentennial in 1976.

Scout Hauler and Scout Reaper are entirely new names, with Hauler ideally suited to the name of the forthcoming Scout truck. Reaper has no historical foundation with the Scout brand that we could find, but it is a synonym of ‘Harvester,’ another name trademarked and one that many will know as part of the original brand that manufactured the Scout, International Harvester.

Eight more of the new trademarks were all heavily agricultural in nature, and few seem suited to model or trim names. It could be that VW and Scout Motors wanted to snap up any wordmark closely related to Harvester to prevent any overlap from someone trying to ride the rebooted brand’s coattails.

These trademarks are:

  • Swather
  • Cultivator
  • Grade
  • Thresher
  • Forma
  • Harrow
  • Baler
  • Scythe

The newly-established automaker also trademarked 17 old names associated with the brand. Outside of Harvester, the trademarks included original models like Scout 80, Scout 800, Scout II, Super Scout, SSII, and SR-2.

Scout 80 was the first model and was powered by a four-cylinder engine. Five years later, it would be replaced by the upgraded Scout 800, with improved comfort and an available V8. Thereafter, derivatives of the Scout 800 name were used, with 800A and 800B offerings, although neither of these was trademarked anew this year.

Old Trims That Could Be Revived

The remainder of the old names newly trademarked will all be familiar to Scout aficionados as trims and special packages available on the originals:

  • Travelstar
  • Rallye
  • Traveltop
  • Aristocrat
  • Trailstar
  • Terrastar
  • Scout Terra
  • Terra
  • Sportstar
  • Sno-Star

The ‘Travelstar,’ ‘Trailstar,’ ‘Terrastar,’ and ‘Sportstar’ versions were special packages offered by Custom Vehicles Incorporated; the company produced unique models for dealers between 1979 and 1980. Vehicles received special decals and trimmings, hood scoops, fender flares, and other unique styling add-ons.

‘Rallye’ was another styling package available on the Scout. Still, there’s a possibility this could be reserved for a rally-inspired sport truck or SUV, much like Ford has done with the Mustang Mach-E Rally.

‘Traveltop’ was a complete hard-top roof offered on the popular off-roader. These models also came with sliding windows. Then there’s the ‘Terra.’ This was reserved for the half-cab pickup truck back in the day, and as one of only a few names trademarked in combination with the Scout nomenclature, it could point to a potential name for the new models.