With the next-generation Chevrolet Volt (and by extension, Holden Volt) slated to make its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, word on the wire is that Chevy's range-extender hybrid could see a crossover counterpart joining it in the near future.
If this sounds like old news, that's because it kind of is. GM exhibited the Volt MPV5 Concept people-mover (pictured) four years ago, and rumours of a family-sized Volt model have refused to die since.
Further stoking those rumours, GM even registered the name "Crossvolt" as a trademark in 2011 - though that trademark expired in August this year.
However, four days ago the US Patent and Trademark Office published a new trademark application for the Crossvolt name by GM, leading industry observers to surmise that the automaker is still serious about expanding the Volt family.
Whether that's the case or not remains to be seen. It's not unusual for car companies to trademark certain names to prevent competitors from using them, and the Crossvolt could just be another instance of this.
However, with the new Volt not far from its global debut we should get some clarity on GM's intent for the Volt brand soon. Stay tuned.
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