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Production Chevy Volt Unveiled

Chevy Volt

By Evan Ackerman

Well, this is it. What we’ve all been waiting for, right? The 2011 production version of the Chevy Volt. Happy (and impressed) as I am that GM has actually committed to producing the Volt, I have to say that I’m slightly disappointed at the compromises that they’ve made in the final design. It looks kinda, well, normal, at least compared to the concept versions we’ve been looking at for the last couple years.

Chevy Volt

To be fair, the production Volt does retain some of the futuristic and angular elements that we’d seen in the concept versions until this point, but it’s been drastically toned down to (I assume) appeal to a wider demographic of consumers who, unlike me, don’t want their new car to look like something out of a sci-fi movie that isn’t Transformers 2. The other big reason is most likely fuel efficiency: as awesome as that long nose on the concept looked, it was probably about as aerodynamic as a fat moose. And really, the thing that’s going to make the Volt successful isn’t it’s looks, it’s the plug-in battery power and the resulting fuel economy, for which aerodynamics are way more important than looks.

Long nose and angular style or not, when 2011 rolls around, the Volt is still going to be at the top of my list to replace my Volvo, which I have no doubt will have collapsed into a pile of beige splinters by then.

After the jump, a couple more angles on the production Volt.

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

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  • mcman

    Compared to the concept the production model looks like a joke. “Toned down”? Don't you mean stripped down? Looks like a modified Malibu to me. Of course concept cars are never going to be translated into production as we'd like.

  • DoctorAero

    Boy did they mess this up. First they start with all these wild performance claims of a pure electric vehicle, then they scrap that and go for the hybrid. Now we have a hybrid in a cool chassis? Nope, let's dump all the cool features, grab our cheapest piece of junk car and make a few minor style changes, and we're good. No one will care right?

    No way this makes it into my driveway. Ever. Green or not, it still has to look like a car, and this is not it.

  • A4gasm

    What a crappy looking car. Looks like a Prius-wannabe. Why unveil something that looks like crap, and can't be driven until 2011? Let it stink under wraps until production, and maybe its performance will make up for its fugly looks.

  • CK

    And who are these shmucks standing in the way? I wanna see the crappy car, not you and your attitude!

  • bauer

    GM never promised a pure electric with the Volt. even as originally shown in concept form, it has used a hybrid powerplant. the big difference between it and a Prius is that the Volt's gas engine will recharge the batteries vs. how current hybrids work by using the gas engine to propel the car. i agree that the “toned down” look is a bit disappointing and derivative of the Prius and upcoming Honda hybrid. Nevertheless, it is a huge step forward to be able to own and operate a car that will go 40 miles without requiring a drop of fuel. that alone makes the Volt interesting.

  • theykilledit

    Well.. they killed it. Had a good idea, now it looks like junk.

  • theykilledit

    Well.. they killed it. Had a good idea, now it looks like junk.

  • perseo1441

    This “Volt” deserves a name more like “Sparky” To think I was telling family and friends the Volt would be my next new car? This ugly Mali-Prius wanna be is a disgrace to America. Nice work GM! Sure, I will pay $15,000 more for this fugly thing than a Prius..it will only take me 40 years to make those “savings” back. GM, you are an embarassement to my father who worked 35 years for you!!!!!!

  • voltfan

    My goodness, I was waiting for the release of the original Volt. Not this other one they are showing. I'm not interested anymore no matter what technology is in this car.

  • khooper

    The car is suited for (only) four passengers and features two informational displays, and a touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter. In addition, the Chevy Volt features an optional navigation system with fuel saving chipsand onboard hard drive for maps and music storage.

  • khooper

    The car is suited for (only) four passengers and features two informational displays, and a touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter. In addition, the Chevy Volt features an optional navigation system with fuel saving chipsand onboard hard drive for maps and music storage.

  • khooper

    The car is suited for (only) four passengers and features two informational displays, and a touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter. In addition, the Chevy Volt features an optional navigation system with fuel saving chipsand onboard hard drive for maps and music storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mathew-Williams/100002491740262 Mathew Williams

     I have been waiting for this moment only when this care will be launched . What a wonderful car it is. Really its awesome. All its features are great.