Chevrolet wants the eco-friendly benefits of its vehicles to be easily seen on the back window of all its new cars and trucks. General Motors will begin to place these labels on the 2012 Chevy Sonic this March on the driver side rear window. Later this year, the so-called “Ecologic” labels will begin to be seen on other 2013 Chevy vehicles.
The information on these labels includes details on fuel-saving technologies, the recyclability of the vehicle at the end of its lifecycle, and green aspects to its manufacturing.
GM asserts that the Two Tomorrows, an independent company that specializes in sustainability, has audited the claims made on the label. The Chevrolet label is not the same as the Environmental Protection Agency window sticker, which the government provides so that buyers could compare the fuel economy of new vehicles.
However, GM said that it will go the extra distance so that consumers could get additional information. For example, the Sonic label would have the car’s features, like its recyclability and technologies that affect fuel savings, together with the benefits to the owner.
In a statement, GM North America President Mark Reuss said that customers are right in wanting companies to be “honest and transparent about their environmental efforts and sustainability goals.” He added that placing Ecologic labels on all Chevrolet units is just one more way for the company to share its environmental progress.
The Volt is world-class in terms of its performance per mile, its stylings and its technology. A mid-size sedan which is electric, it has an aggressive defined street presence. Sleek and rear-controlled, Chevrolet's Volt has deservedly already made it into the company's history books. Sporting 61.2 and 62.1 inch front and rear wheel tracks, the wheelbase comes in at 105.7 inches and is of exceptional quality.
Bob Boniface, the Director of Design at Chevrolet, commented at Chevrolet that it is incredibly proud of the Volt, of what it has achieved and the manner in which its customers have taken to it. The Volt has a design all of its own and in order to ensure that it gets the best possible performance out of the vehicle, its designer and engineers have gone to extraordinary lengths.
By working in collaboration with the teams at GM, the various departments at Chevrolet combined to make sure the Volt was as aerodynamic as it could possibly be. Through shaping the vehicle, removing any extraneous lumps or bumps, the Volt has been given an additional 50 miles and an additional eight miles of electrical range.
Drag has been significantly reduced by keeping flush all sides of the vehicle to make it as streamlined as possible. Using the tests at GM's wind tunnels, air flows over the tapered windscreen, gliding across the roof, down the rear of the Volt and along the spoiler in a way to almost eliminate turbulence.
But it is isn't just the raking of the exterior or the improvements to the engine Chevrolet is excited about as it has also improved the interior and made sure that all the components therein are of exceptional quality and match key areas of the vehicle to show off the synchronous nature of the design choices and pleasing vision of the car.
Chevrolet bowtie sits aboard a black rear liftgate appliqué and carries one of the vehicles Volt emblems with the other located closer to the front.
There are currently six colours on offer for the Volt: Black and Cyber Gray Metallic, Crystal Red Metallic Tincoat, Silver Ice Metallic, the competition winning Viridian Joule Tricoat and the White Diamond Tricoat.