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Old 06-26-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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First Pre-Production Chevy Volt Hits The Road

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Chevy’s Volt, has there ever been a car with more riding on it? Probably not, and at Autopia, we’ve been on top of Volt developments like white on rice. The latest news from GM’s Prius beater is that the Pre-production car has just hit the streets.
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/06...hits-the-road/
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:14 AM   #2
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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I wonder if GM was trying to design it like the prius if that's the way all these things are going to look for aerodynamic reasons? The side profile looks extremely prius-y :(





The Insight isn't far off either.

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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The Volt's design is actually more aerodynamic than the prius. Should have a lower drag coefficient.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:03 AM   #6
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This is good news. I hope GM tests the crap out of this car because if they have any problems/recalls after production starts it could be devastating.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:05 AM   #7
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This is good news. I hope GM tests the crap out of this car because if they have any problems/recalls after production starts it could be devastating.
Yea. Think "panic d' jour" but instead of just us and maybe a couple blogs going ape shit it will be the entire media. There will be congressional investigations into issues like brake weights lol.
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Yea. Think "panic d' jour" but instead of just us and maybe a couple blogs going ape shit it will be the entire media. There will be congressional investigations into issues like brake weights lol.
ugh

I'm glad I'm not a mod on a Volt Forum.....
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:16 AM   #9
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I'm glad I'm not a mod on a Volt Forum.....
I hope GM takes some serious lessons learned from the Camaro launch into the Volt launch. I wonder if they're even going to do orders at all. I mean they might just do like they did with the one-per-dealer v6s and ship standard builds out to dealers. The Volt is a very different car for a very different market won't have nearly the options like the Camaro; one drive train, no stripes etc. Pretty much just trim level and color. And the first model year is going to be a very low volume production so they could probably get away with just saying "sorry, no custom orders".
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:16 PM   #10
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A very nice car imo. The side profile is nice, but the rear end looks a little high (not that i'm worried about it)
Would be a very nice commuter car in the city! Not so much in the country out here...
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Wait a minute. I thought black was bad for the environment? Lol..

Aren't they supposed to market this to the eco crowd?

So GM uses silver on every car but now someone genius decides to roll it out black?
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:16 PM   #12
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time to start a volt forum and make a "not the real headlights" smilie
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:54 PM   #13
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Wait a minute. I thought black was bad for the environment? Lol..

Aren't they supposed to market this to the eco crowd?

So GM uses silver on every car but now someone genius decides to roll it out black?
Relax, it's a tester, not a show car.
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:18 PM   #14
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I wonder if GM was trying to design it like the prius if that's the way all these things are going to look for aerodynamic reasons? The side profile looks extremely prius-y :(





The Insight isn't far off either.
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Prius shape, civic front styling.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:29 PM   #15
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Cool!

I actually think that's a really hot lookin' car! Far more aggressive looking than the Prius...though that car doesn't set a particularly high benchmark ... and even though aerodynamics has constrained the design somewhat...It looks good! Can't wait to see the final, production model.

Someone mentioned how GM might do ordering/etc for this car...I think last I heard the first model year was going to be some 10,000 or so cars...so they can focus...and get it "righter than right". The next model year will be more, and then more in the next, etc, etc, etc. Also...as the model years progress...the car should get a little cheaper, too.

EDIT -- and I won't hesitate to say that for my daily-driver I'll need to replace the cobalt in a half a decade or so.....this thing is WAY high up on the list.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:12 AM   #16
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No thanks.

One of my all time favorite quotes from a different car forum I frequent, "I downshift next to hybrids so they can hear me killing the environment."

And I always do.

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volt looks 10x better than the prius and insight
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