CEO Dan Akerson says technology from Chevrolet Volt will be used in a minivan

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 13, 2011

At the 2011 Automotive News World Congress, General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson said that “in the next few years,” the technology in the Chevrolet Volt will appear in a minivan version. He also revealed that for the second generation of the Volt, GM will “focus on cost reduction” of the Volt's technology.

After making his speech, Akerson told some reporters that it’s likely that a plug-in version of the Cadillac SRX will come out within a few years.

Previously, GM officials said they will extend the Volt's technology to other vehicles, but they had not identified which ones. Akerson also said he expects Volt production to surpass 25,000 units this year.

This is a considerable increase from an original estimate of 10,000, and from a 20,000-unit prediction that Akerson made recently.

Akerson said that the company is “pleased” and “a bit surprised” with the initial orders for the Volt. He also said that GM is considering whether to accelerate other vehicle programs to make up for what it lost during its 2009 bankruptcy.

However, he didn’t specify which projects are being fast-tracked. Akerson said that due to the bankruptcy, it lost “roughly a year in terms of development,” which is why 2012 and 2013 are “more pivotal” for the U.S. market. [via autonews - sub. required]

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