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Status: Delegated
Type: Generic
Category: Industry
Priority #: 884 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)

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.car is a TLD delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) is the TLD's registry. The extension passed all application measures and was delegated to the Root Zone September 9, 2015. [1][2]

Application Details

Excerpted from Response to Question 18:" "The mission of this gTLD, .car, is to provide a dedicated domain space in which registrants can enact second-level domains that offer content related to cars, including the sale, purchase, rental, financing, servicing, repair, insurance and⁄or management of cars, as well as automobile industry-related information, such as new product development and trends (e.g. alternative fuel sources). This mission will enhance consumer choice by providing new availability in the second-level domain space, creating new layers of organization on the Internet, and signaling the kind of content available in the domain...

Charleston Road Registry believes that given its wide variety of uses, the .car gTLD will best add value to the gTLD space by remaining totally open and unencumbered by registrant restrictions. There will, therefore, be no restrictions on second-level domain name registrations in the proposed gTLD, .car.

Charleston Road Registry will make access to Registry Services, including the shared registration system, available to all ICANN-accredited registrars. Domain names within the proposed gTLD will be available to the general public for registration and use.

Charleston Road Registry is committed to implementing strong and integrated intellectual property rights protection mechanisms. Doing so is critical to Google’s goals of model Internet citizenship and fostering Internet development, especially in emerging regions. Accordingly, Charleston Road Registry intends to offer a suite of rights protection measures, which builds upon ICANNʹs required policies while fulfilling our commitment to encouraging innovation, competition and choice on the Internet."[3]

Conflicting decisions and appeal

On October 9th 2013, a panelist for a String Confusion Objection brought by Google against DERcars over the TLD .cars ruled in favor of Google. [4] This ruling meant that DERcars' application for .cars would be in the same contention set as Google's application for .car. Given that Donuts and Uniregistry also applied for .cars (and Google's objections to their applications were overruled), an arguable inconsistency had arisen.[5]

On February 12th 2014, ICANN announced that DERCars and United TLD (Rightside), which lost String Confusion Objection rulings for their .cars and .cam applications respectively, would have the right to appeal the 'inconsistent' rulings against them, and that they were the only parties with the right to do so.[6]


  1. [1] ICANN Delegated Strings. Retrieved 11 Sept. 2015.
  2. Reveal Day 13 June 2012 – New gTLD Applied-For Strings
  3. ApplicationDetails, gTLDresult.ICANN.orgRetrieved 13 Dec 2012
  4. ICANN to be forced to act after conflicting cars decisions Domainnamewire, retrieved December 3rd 2014.
  5. ICANN to be forced to act after conflicting cars decisions Domainnamewire, retrieved December 3rd 2014.
  6. ICANN reveals appeals process for gTLD objections Domainincite, retrieved 3rd December 2014.