Chevrolet UK reveals 2,500 individuals interested with Volt

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 27, 2012

Around 2,500 people has contacted Chevrolet UK stating that "they want to talk" to the automaker regarding the Volt, managing director Mark Terry has disclosed. He also said that he anticipates there will be more customers than automobiles for the future. He further commented that they have been "fighting for production" every month and that the "gates are opening." 

The Volt to be launched for sale this spring will have different pricing and specifications compared to the Vauxhall Ampera.

Terry shared that there are some individuals who "just won't buy a Vauxhall" but want the technology and so will choose Chevrolet. He is also optimistic by the evidence that the US brand still has a good reputation in the United Kingdom.

Terry further commented that to place a "Chevy on your drive is saying something," citing evidence that buyers downsizing from luxury brands will opt for Chevrolet over South Korean competitors Kia and Hyundai because these buyers will want to go for a brand that "says something."

Even with the evidence, Terry admits that some work is still needed for the brand to show the customers that "it's not a US gas guzzler."

Chevrolet Volt is an electric engine midsize sedan with a difference. With a greatly enhanced wheelbase, the front has a width of 61.2” while the rear measures 62.1”, the Volt handles even better than before and its new dynamic, aesthetic is aided by a series of revolutionary changes.

The Director of Design, Bob Boniface said the company designed a very technical car and before it was released, they wanted to make sure people knew the Volt is not just an exercise in electric design. He said that the aim was to create something which is every bit as important to the customers as it is to the brand. This is evident from the look, to the interior, its environmental affect and ease of charge.

Gaining access to GM's facilities, the designers tested the Volt's aerodynamics using wind tunnels and turbines. They worked with the engineering departments analysing the data and sought to create a vehicle that cut through the wind rather than force its way through. When the changes were finalised, the teams had managed to shave enough weight and angle the car's exterior so that it enables the Volt to travel an additional eight miles purely on electric power as well as an extension of 50 miles.

The reduction in drag has been made possible due to the rounded features of the Volt. Changes to the front fascia, the grille and corners have meant air does not catch anywhere, the angle on the windshield has been lowered, as has the back glass and at the rear of the vehicle. Furthermore, the spoiler has been inserted to manage the flow of air to cut down the amount of turbulence.

Volt doesn’t only offer cutting edge design as the interior and exterior colors have been matched to give an overall feeling of sophistication. In terms of choices for the Volt, there are six colors, excluding the gloss black found on the insignia. These colors are Black and Cyber Gray Metallic Tintcoat, Crystal Red Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, the award-winning Viridian Joule Tricoat and White Diamond Tricoat.

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