A more affordable Chevrolet Volt is coming our way, source says

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 15, 2011

A source told favstocks.com that a much cheaper variant of the Chevrolet Volt is possible. Reportedly, both Chevrolet and GM have the technologies required for a new Volt to be priced about $10,000 lower than the current generation. The Chevrolet Volt has received criticism for being too expensive for the key attributes that it offers. Even American quality watchdog Consumer Reports regards GM's new star model to be a car that makes no sense.

The source also said that the lower price might be achieved by re-engineering the Volt and building more units to make it cost less (taking an example from Ford marketing).

Consumer Reports said that that after its crew tested the Volt, it came to conclude that it doesn’t make sense in terms of fuel consumption and price, especially when compared to the Prius. The plug-in hybrid has an all-electric range of 29 to 33 miles on average, and it can go as high as 40 miles when the weather is moderate.

GM even claims to have a range of more than 40 miles in electric mode. However, Consumer Reports only recorded a range of 25 to 27 miles in electric mode. As a result, it came to a conclusion that the Prius is a better choice than the Volt. David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center, said that in driving about 70 miles, a Prius offers more miles per gallon than the Volt does.

Aside from the obvious appeal of the Chevrolet Volt’s high-end midsize sport sedan, its other attributes include its performance-oriented, sleek, and bold stance puts across its electrically driven competencies. Its large front and rear tracks (61.2 /62.1 inches or [1556/1578 mm]), wheels-out stance, 105.7-inch (or 2685 mm) wheelbase, sculpted belt line, as well as its first-class execution all add to its attractiveness. Director of Design Bob Boniface said the Volt’s design is considered ground-breaking, enabling the brand to deliver a sleek and dynamic message.

A simple look at the car will reveal its highly technical and superior execution, along with clean and decisive edges and grooves brought about by interrelated surfaces. Chevrolet’s design and engineering teams worked closely with the aerodynamics team responsible or GM’s wind tunnel and were able to develop the Volt, which is the most aerodynamic vehicle in the brand’s history. The Volt’s aerodynamicists put in approximately 8 miles of electric range plus 50 miles extended range miles by reducing energy required to control air resistance.

To reduce drag, the Volt is designed with an evenly rounded front as well as narrowed corners and grille that enable easy air movement around the car. Air flow is controlled at the rear with sharp edges and a well-calculated spoiler. The windshield and the back glass have an aggressive rake, which also minimizes drag and turbulence. The interactions of gap and flush elements, inside and out, are as good or have been improved compared to others in the section.

All components of the Volt have attained an above par standard of appearance such that even the car’s underhood compartment is well-regarded. The Volt makes use of similar colors and surfaces to create a harmonious look for the car. One of the Volt’s two insignias as well as the distinctive Chevy bowtie embellishes the rear liftgate while the other insignia is located at the car’s forward quarter panel. The Volt offers six options for exterior colors, including the color Viridian Joule Tricoat, which was chosen in a 2009 national naming contest.

The other colors available are White Diamond Tricoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Black Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, and the Crystal Red Metallic Tint Coat. The Volt’s interiors provide ample space, convenience, and comfort as well as safety features that one would expect from a first-rate five-door sedan.

The Volt has 40/40 rear-folding seats and storage compartments. While it continues to carry the brand’s signature dual cockpit, it offers a new range of choices for interior colors, interior lighting, and trim options not found in previous Chevrolet sedan models. The model features two 7-inch screens (high res, full color), one of which is a reconfigurable graphic display cluster. In the center stack is a touch screen display with touch-control switches and an integrated shifter.

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