General Motors has taken the necessary legal measures to trademark the "Crossvolt" moniker.

General Motors has taken the necessary legal measures to trademark the "Crossvolt" moniker.

It was 2010 at the Auto China show in Beijing when Chevrolet unveiled the Volt MPV5 Electric concept which was a crossover featuring the Volt's hardware but never made it as a production model. In April 2011, GM registered the "Crossvolt" name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office but it expired last month after not being used during this interval.

However, General Motors applied for the same trademark once again which probably means now they really want to launch a crossover based on the second generation Volt due to be revealed in January at NAIAS.

If there will ever be a Volt-based crossover, the model will have to go up against the Ford C-MAX Hybrid as well as the Toyota Prius v. The Crossvolt could actually happen as last year a modified Orlando prototype was spotted testing alongside several Volts.

General Motors trademarks Crossvolt name, could be used for a Volt crossover