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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 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

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