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Next-generation Volt could cost as much as $10,000 less to produce

In the world of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has been the most high-profile entry aimed at consumers. However, the biggest problem for GM when it comes to the current Volt is that the vehicle isn't profitable.

"This car, on a technology scale, is off the charts vs. what you [have] seen," said GM CEO Dan Akerson, who owns one personally. "We've sold about 26,500 of them [and] we're losing money on every one."

Akerson says that the loss GM takes on every Volt that it sales will soon come to an end. The automaker has significant improvement planned for the second-generation vehicle, including making it lighter. Less weight means that the electric driving range can be made extended without adding larger battery packs -- the battery pack on the current generation Volt battery weighs 400 pounds alone.

According to Akerson, GM believes that the cost to build the Volt can be reduced in the range of $7,000 to $10,000 on the second-generation model. That doesn't necessarily mean buyers will see a discount, but it will mean GM doesn't take a loss on each vehicle it sells.

The current Volt has proven to be a hit with owners, as many are claiming they can go as far as 900 miles between fill ups.

Source: Fortune

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RE: Bailout Mentality
By kwrzesien on 5/3/2013 10:09:00 AM , Rating: 2
That is exactly the problem, they don't know who they are competing against. When deciding to buy a Volt what other vehicles is the buyer considering? A hybrid Camry? Prius? Maybe something like a Mercedes C250 or even a C350? There are a lot of quality cars in the same price range, plenty of near luxury and luxury sedans from Europe and Japan to choose from!

RE: Bailout Mentality
By lagomorpha on 5/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: Bailout Mentality
By RU482 on 5/3/2013 11:36:30 AM , Rating: 2
do ANY cars NOT lock the doors at some point after putting it in gear?

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Spuke on 5/3/2013 11:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
do ANY cars NOT lock the doors at some point after putting it in gear?
Even my wife's Bimmer auto locks the doors.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By zephyrprime on 5/3/2013 12:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure most all new cars do that.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Samus on 5/3/2013 10:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
This can usually be disabled.

In some Ford's, turn the key three times on/off leaving in the on position and you will hear a ding ding ding, press the brake pedal twice then turn the key to off position. To change back to locking doors, do the same sequence but press the brakes once.

In other Fords its as simple as holding both the remote keyfob lock/unlock buttons for 5 seconds while the vehicle is in motion. The doors will unlock then relock indicating they will lock upon driving greater than 12mph. Do the sequence again and the doors will unlock, lock, then unlock to disable the motion auto-lock feature...


RE: Bailout Mentality
By marvdmartian on 5/6/2013 8:42:28 AM , Rating: 2
Geez, that's more complicated than using the ruby red slippers to get back to Kansas! ;)

RE: Bailout Mentality
By bradhall on 5/6/2013 10:41:06 AM , Rating: 2
What happened to up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, b, a, (select for two players), start!

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Midnight Rambler on 5/5/2013 11:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
There's a very good reason that cars now have this feature. It is for safety. Specifically, doors are waaay less prone to open (by a strength factor of almost 4to1) in a crash/impact when the door latch is in the "secondary" latching position. And when the door latch is "locked" it helps to keep the latch in the "secondary" latched position. Furthermore, most passive restraint seat belt systems, as well as air bag systems, "monitor" via sensor the position of the door latch's "fork bolt" (this is the part of the latch that engages the car body's striker bolt, keeping it shut). In some cases, if the latch is not fully latched (ie. in the secondary position) and locked, the belts and/or the bags may not work properly, or at all.

I was one of the product design engineers for the "mini wedge" and the follow-up "global" door latches for GM. These latches are also found on many other vehicles from Toyota, Subaru, Isuzu, etc.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/3/2013 11:37:14 AM , Rating: 2
The locking doors, I assume, are for children and if you think this is stopping cars from selling... all I can say is lol.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By BillyBatson on 5/3/2013 11:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
What on earth are you complaining about?!? What use would opening the doors while th car is in drive have other than if pure trying to bailout of the car like in a movie?
And what new car these days doesn't automatically lock it's doors seconds after you put it in drive? None. They all have the feature.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By hughlle on 5/3/2013 12:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
Cars have been doing this for over a decade. I recall our original A class would do it once you passed 10mph.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By BillyBatson on 5/3/2013 12:27:31 PM , Rating: 2
I think every car other than my 85' corolla have all done it. I know all 4 cars I have leased since 2007 have all had this feature. I have also never been in a situation where this feature got in the way.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Schrag4 on 5/3/2013 1:27:54 PM , Rating: 1
This "gets in the way" on our van because we're always unloading kids and we have to manually unlock it. That's not a bad thing, though, since it means the kids can't just bolt from the van once we stop.

The car I drive to work auto-locks and also auto-UNLOCKS when I turn off the engine - pretty handy. It would be handiest if every vehicle let the owner set it to work as he or she saw fit for his or her own situation, IMO.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By BillyBatson on 5/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: Bailout Mentality
By BillyBatson on 5/5/2013 4:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
down voted for?.... lol some people have issues on this forum, with everything is seems

RE: Bailout Mentality
By theapparition on 5/3/2013 12:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
There's a lot of things to complain about GM for (and every other car manufacturer, for that matter), but if auto locking doors is your issue, that's about the most ridiculous statements I've ever seen.

Besides, find another car these days that doesn't auto lock.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By FITCamaro on 5/3/2013 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much all new cars do this and honestly I like the feature. Saves me from having to lock the doors myself. And on the second pull of the handle, the door auto-unlocks as well. On my car anyway.

RE: Bailout Mentality
By Spuke on 5/3/2013 2:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
On my Solstice, I have to unlock the doors if the engine is running, if the engine is not running, they unlock themselves. My wife's car has to unlock them whether engine is running or not (second pull like your car or press the main lock/unlock on the dash).

RE: Bailout Mentality
By superflex on 5/3/13, Rating: 0
RE: Bailout Mentality
By Samus on 5/3/13, Rating: 0
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