After months of speculation, teaser shots, and spy photos taken on the set of “Transformers 2”, the production Chevrolet Volt has finally been unveiled to the public. Although General Motors made the horrible mistake of having key executives partially block the view of the Volt in every single photo available, it's still good to finally see the vehicle's final shape.
The Volt pictured to the right doesn't appear to be an actual finished vehicle, but rather a clay representation of what the production model will look like. That being said, the production Volt is noticeably "rounder" than the concept version. The concept Volt's unique glass beltline has also been replaced by what looks to be flat black paint to give the same illusion.
There were obvious concessions made for occupant comfort such as the taller roofline to accommodate a wide variety of body types. The concept vehicle's flared fenders have also given way to a more slab-sided appearance -- no doubt in an effort to maximize aerodynamic efficiency.
In its transition from concept to production, the Volt now looks more "ordinary" instead of something that drags consumers kicking and screaming into the future.
The Chevrolet Volt is estimated to have a price tag of $40,000 to $45,000 (before tax breaks/credits) when it launches in late 2010 as a 2011 model. The Volt can travel 40 miles on a charge before its internal gasoline engine (ICE) has to start to recharge the battery pack.
Taking into consideration the 40 mile battery range and the 7.2-gallon gas tank, the Volt will have a total range of 360 miles.
GM recently revealed new pictures of the Volt sans the executives mugging in every shot. The new shots give a better idea of Volt's final shape. There's also a shot of the Volt's interior which looks quite remarkable.
GM also revealed a few more details about the Volt during the press unveiling. According to GM, here are a few of the highlights of the interior:
GM stated that the electric motor generates 150 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque which can propel the vehicle at up to 100 MPH. The company also noted that the average driver would save $1,500 in fuel costs per year based on an average daily commute of 40 miles per day, $3.60 gasoline, and 15,000 miles of driving per year.
quote: Although General Motors made the horrible mistake of having key executives partially block the view of the Volt in every single photo available
quote: If GM is saved (with this car tanking) I hope that it wakes them up and they redesign year 2 (or 3) to match the original concept which was a brilliant design IMHO.
quote: Probably not but it's about selling the technology right now, not making a big seller.
quote: They're only making 10k a year anyways so it can't be a big seller. These things will be fairly rare.
quote: Lets be honest, if we're going back to the 70 through the mid eighties-- the list gets quite long.
quote: Right now you can buy a Prius and spring an extra $12k and have it modified into a plugin hybrid with a huge battery pack that will get over 100 miles to a charge.
quote: My chances of purchasing one just dropped from 90% to zero.
quote: The Chevrolet Volt is estimated to have a price tag of $40,000 to $45,000 (before tax breaks/credits)
quote: I do agree it was a bait and switch. Two prototype and production models seem to have different wheelbases.
quote: The main reason for the production look was that the concept's coefficient of drag was terrible.
quote: Also, the people buying these aren't interested in the look of present cars. They want something that looks like a hybrid. The Prius may be a hot selling car but its sales figures are half of the Camry, Corolla, Civic, and Accord separately.
quote: NO ONE wants a sporty hybrid!
quote: Yeah and wanting to look poor is why people don't buy designer clothing
quote: Was hoping for a more square looking muscle car shape like the concept even if they have to sacrifice some mileage or performance, Chances of me purchasing are now nothing!
quote: They totally screwed up the design.
quote: Quick to judge? I don't really care about the technology behind the price tag... a $40,000 cobalt will not sell well.
quote: Concepts are there to draw attention, but when it comes down to it in the end the car manufacturers has to decide what kind of styling would appeal to everyone. This is why few cars today have radical designs.
quote: I really did like the Volt concept, but I knew from the get go that the production Volt wasn't going to look like that.
quote: It doesn't look that bad.. what I can see of it. The front looks exactly like the new Honda Accord.
quote: Anyway it's an economy car, not really designed for its looks.
quote: It's $40,000.
quote: The original concept model looked so good.
quote: Manufacturers just choose not to do so. They may very well have justifiable marketing reasons for doing so, but it's not the result of some technical hurdle that can't be overcome.
quote: the estimated Highway mileage of the original concept will be roughly .27/.43 or ~62%. At constant velocities air drag is the number one component. The new version pegs ~48/50 MPG highway. So the original concept would be around 31 MPG highway.
quote: The Nissan GT-R, for instance, has exactly the same 0.27 coefficient as the new Volt.
quote: Whoa, whoa. You're assuming air drag is the only factor. Rolling resistance (time deformation/slip friction, etc) and drivetrain losses are both also large components; together they're nearly half of the total force on the vehicle at highway speeds.
quote: As for Spuke, he's in denial.
quote: What about 0-60 performance?
quote: While I haven't done research enough on American car companiese to say too much I don't think they are at the same Quality level as Toyota.
quote: In its transition from concept to production, the Volt now looks more "ordinary" instead of something that drags consumers kicking and screaming into the future.
quote: 2. Start pricing at middle class 20-30k then reveal final pricing at 40-45k
quote: ...based on an average daily commute of 40 miles per day ... and 15,000 miles of driving per year
quote: Although General Motors made the horrible mistake of having key executives partially block the view of the Volt in every single photo available...