• Dec 10th 2007 at 3:00PM
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Click to enlarge the teaser shot of the production Chevy Volt


The Chevy Volt concept was undoubtedly the star of the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, with most people who saw it clamoring for it to be built. However, it didn't take long for Bob Lutz and other GM officials to make it clear that a production version would have to change. At the LA Auto Show last month, Lutz reiterated that the production version would be different but still recognizable as a Volt. Now in the runup to the Volt's first birthday, GM is giving the world its first glimpse of the production Volt. From this first shot, it looks like the Volt will be keeping it's low roofline proportions, but the main portion of the now-standard Chevy grille is now blanked off and flush to optimize the aerodynamics. Cooling air will now enter through the intake below the bumper. Head on over to AutoblogGreen for the full story by clicking here.

[Source: General Motors, via AutoblogGreen]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "if u dont like it just shut ur hole u rice burning driving dorks"

      It's this kind of ignorance that makes me embarrassed to be a GM fan. Their fanbase always sound like a bunch of 12 yo redneckss from the back woods of Alabama.

      No wonder so many people have written the company off.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It will NOT look like that, and this isn't "Breaking News" either.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Admit it: you'll kill yourself it looks like it because you know the next Prius won't be able to compete with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find the idea of what this car looks like to be completely inconsequential in comparison to what will actually end up making it go. Let me know when the headline is "BREAKING: GM delivers actual working battery system for Volt".
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Okay, just because their old hybrid system isn't achieving Toyota's numbers means that they're AN EVIL BIGOIL FUNDED CORPORATION AND YOU'LL NEVAR BUY PRODUCTS FROM THEM BECAUSE OF HOW EVIL THEY ARE!11111"

        That is a total misinterpretation of what I said.

        The Volt will be news because IF GM delivers on the drivetrain/powersource for this vehicle it will be the biggest thing to the the auto industry in pretty much forever. So, really what the car looks like is totally not the issue. What will be under the hood is what matters. It could look like a shoe box for all I care, if it is really an actual battery powered hybrid vehicle that delivers it'll be amazing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz spoke to the Detroit Free Press on a wide range of product topics today and revealed some very important news. The first prototype battery packs for the Chevy Volt have arrived at GM's test labs this week."

        http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/10/31/first-prototype-chevy-volt-battery-packs-arrive/
        • 7 Years Ago
        Okay, just because their old hybrid system isn't achieving Toyota's numbers means that they're AN EVIL BIGOIL FUNDED CORPORATION AND YOU'LL NEVAR BUY PRODUCTS FROM THEM BECAUSE OF HOW EVIL THEY ARE!11111

        Get a grip, dang.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wasn't targeting you. :S
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm not clamoring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, any guesses on what the drag coefficient will be? The Insight set the benchmark at 0.25, the Prius and Mercedes-Benz S-class are 0.26, and the Nissan GT-R and Hyundai Genesis are 0.27.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Drag Coefficient of the EV1 was 0.19...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ummm...yeah...computer rendering of a nonexistent product...way to go GM...Oh and as far as ANTONE being upset that the Prius won't be able to compete?? Toyota will be on its 3rd or 4th generation Prius by the time this vaporware ever gets to market so you might wanna compare apples to apples before going of the deepend...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bert - so does GM with the hydrogen Equinox they will be offering in limited numbers like Honda, but in different markets, not just in California.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They never missed any dates so far, they're just hyping it like crazy. How does that make it vaporware? Oh, I know, it's vaporware because it's a domestic project.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not so fast, GM has released production sketches to the media before and they are almost always what the actual car will look like.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, GM teased us with the 2007 Auto Show rendition, which gave us hope that a green car could also be sexy. Seriously, though, that 'enthusiast' would consider an electric car anyway? Have some hope, though - you can run this car through a design blender and it will still be more inspiring than a Prius.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean like the Camero?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whitie, electric motors generate max torque instantly at 0rpm and are capable of producing far more power then IC motors. I welcome the day when I can buy a 400 kilowatt Camaro.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM will be bankrupt before this POS hits the dealers. This is all GM is good for..marketing hype. GM has made promising and not delivering an artform. If Toyota blows it's horn about something it's usually down in your local Toyota dealer's lot for you to look at. Prius envy indeed! GM are talking up everything they do to keep the Wall st. boffins happy but in reality the entire corporation is in dire straits financially.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How is the country's largest automaker releasing info about the final production design of the most anticipated vehicle in the company (and arguably the industry) NOT newsworthy?

      I think all you people complaining need to get your heads out of your collective asses. Yes, the hype machine is working overtime at GM, but seriously, the editors of Autoblog would NOT be doing their job if this article wasn't here.

      Hint: Tired of reading about it? IGNORE IT. The title says 'Volt' in it. How hard is it to skip over?
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's total BS! Looks more "artist rendering" than "production."

      I'd be willing to be GM never releases this thing at all! This car is being engineered by their marketing department.

      You guys are such tools!
        • 7 Years Ago
        If this thing won't reach production before 2012, and it will not include lithium ion batteries. That is assuming that GM exists 5 years from now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        he missed your point?!?

        from what i can tell, your only point was to call everyone who thinks this car will see production a tool.

        so what will that make you in the highly likly event that it reaches production in '10?
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually, it looks more like photoshop'ed photograph to me, but hey whatever.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Either way, very uninspiring.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm betting it's a skewed photo of the car, and why be so negative man? GM could get some good rep out of this car, and I doubt they're stupid enough to not bring it out
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like Thomas has some issues to be resolved when reading up on the auto industry. GM has done this every year leading up to the NAIAS for every vehicle. They give a sneak peek at what they are going to put on display. This one seems to get more attention than others because of its purpose and technology is leading edge. It will capture the GREEN title when this technology is launched ahead of all others including Toyota who sat on its thumb regarding Li-ion batteries.

        I also can't wait to see the new Malibu win Car of the Year... or maybe it will be the new CTS? Either way, good job GM!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well I think these guys do a great job collecting the most up to date info in one spot across the auto industry. I guess I thought you were slamming GM by the tone of the post as did others on here. The auto companies would be smart to use this site and others like it in that manner. It is legitimizing the blog world as they read our posts for direct feedback on what they are currently doing. I would say far better than keep their heads shoved up their you-know-what like they used to...
        • 7 Years Ago
        "It is legitimizing the blog world as they read our posts for direct feedback on what they are currently doing."

        I have to disagree. I think the fact that these guys aren't journalists, coupled with the fact that they feel so damned important now that the auto industry pays some attention to them is corrupting what Blogs once were: a place where average people could communicate with each others about rumors and gossip and make snarky comments. ;-) Now we have to deal with Marketing material posing as news and PR people posing as "average people."

        And BTW... are you one of Autoblog's "bloggers" or one of their corporate contributors?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you miss my point, J Crew. I'm just sick of Autoblog reporting on marketing material. This site is just becoming a repository for auto PR material. The vast majority of the images shown at this site are given to them by auto marketing departments, and they know it. Yet they report on them like the got some big scoop. It's ridiculous. You really think , for example, that Subaru can't keep their new Forrester under wraps? No, they're building buzz. This site no longer has any credibility. Every other post is a paid advertisement.
        • 7 Years Ago
        easy there killer
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, very Acrua TLish with a GM bowtie in the front.

      I'm predicting if the Malibu's front end looked that nice it would have outsold the Camry in 2008.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing, but a PR stunt from Detroit with more phony promises of the future. When I see them make a viable massed produced hybrid to compete with Toyota then I might be less skeptical of them.
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