What Are Transformers: Hybrids?

Are they gas-electric versions of Hound, Swindle, and Beachcomber?  Are they half Corvette/half Humvee?  Nobody knows.  But Hasbro has recently trademarked the name, according to the folks at [email protected]  All that is known is that this is a name that Hasbro is willing to protect, but that may be a very important thing later on, once the astf hype has died down.