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The Voltec platform gets some fancy clothing

The Chevrolet Volt is definitely a technology powerhouse, but it surely won't win any beauty contests. While the concept version of the Volt had a low-slung, angular vibe to it, the production model came out looking neutered and "blobbish". The $40,000 plug-in hybrid can travel roughly 35 miles on battery power before its 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator kicks in to keep the vehicle moving.
 
General Motors is now looking to take innovative powertrain of the Volt and place it under sheet metal that will make people stand up and take notice instead of fall asleep from boredom. What once started out as the Evoq concept car has transformed into the ELR production model.


 
Like the Volt, the ELR is a four-seater -- a portion of the vehicle’s battery pack runs right down the center of the vehicle which makes a center rear seating position impossible. However, the two passengers in the back are treated to some comfy seats nonetheless.
 
Unlike the Volt, the ELR pretty much went from concept to production unscathed design wise. The chiseled straight edges and overall design aesthetic is all there. The interior looks quite luxurious and carries with it Cadillac’s CUE touch-based infotainment system.

 
We’re still waiting to get the full details on the powertrain and driving range/fuel economy, but we’ll update this story as soon as those numbers are available.

Source: GM



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By Nutzo on 1/15/2013 10:56:13 AM , Rating: 2
Sell a car that cost $100,000 to make for $20,000 insead of $40,000 ?

Guess they will make up for the extra $20K loss with volume....

The $100K cost per car is from a study based on how many Volts where projected to be sold, and included the money spent developing the Volt. Since they are not hitting the projected sales numbers, the actual cost per car would actually be higher than $100K


By Mint on 1/15/2013 1:02:13 PM , Rating: 2
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The $100K cost per car is from a study based on how many Volts where projected to be sold
No it isn't. It's a study based on how many Volts were sold, assuming no more would be sold.

That's right. This "study" spread development costs over current sales. Fox News was initially pedaling such nonsense to say they cost $250,000 each. Then it became $100,000. Then it was $30,000 loss per vehicle.

Use some critical thought when reading such BS.


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