• May 18, 2008
Britain's Channel 4 reports that GM will be making an announcement related to the Chevy Volt when the curtain lifts on the 2008 edition of the Mondial de l'Automobile, better known around here as the Paris Motor Show, in October. Channel 4 reports that we can expect to see the U.S. production-spec Volt on display in the City of Lights. That's big news in and of itself, and we're wondering if GM will use the occasion to tell Europe when they can plan on getting an Opel-branded E-Flex ride of their own. Hmmm... An official Camaro unveiling this summer and now the production Volt in Paris? Color us intrigued about what GM plans to blow everyone away with in Detroit next January.

[Source: Channel 4 via AutoblogGreen]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      New diesel Geo Metro for me, please!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this really an engineering push by GM? Lutz has been pushing for the release of the EVolt for 2010 b4 the GM engineers said they could get the priced down by launching VOLUME production. Does showing this car in Euope mean GM seriously wants to UP the volume produced from day one and thereby reduce the actual costs of production immediately? Let's say the response to the car at European shows is very very positive..then GM could commit the immediate resources to go into VOLUME production and thereby utilize all the economies. Otherwise a smaller production run would have a higher priceline for the car... i.e. a start price tag in the USA just uner $30K rather than $40K.
      We could be seeing GM betting a lot on this car, as indeed they should. IMHO. This car could be the model which makes the Eurpoean buyers doubt their decision to buy so many diesels.
      Justin
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting... my guess GM will show a Impala RWD in Detroit!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes little sense. The initial news was that a Delta II would be shown at Paris. It makes more sense to reveal the volt at Detroit to fight the Prius head on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That actually makes sense. I'd have to agree. There's a 99.9% possibility that It'll debut in Detroit. It wouldn't make sense to debut it overseas. But personally, I'm fine as long as it comes here to America in a timely matter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There have been a number of cars which were shown couple years in advance. GT-R, Z, Camaro, Lexus IS-F. Plus what if Volt is going to be on sale at the end of 2009 as MY2010?

      Also, don't forget that 3rd gen Prius is right around the corner - GM cannot allow Prius to beat Volt to the market by anything more than 6 months. Best thing they can do is send out a message, "Here's what we have, it is coming and it'll be better than new Prius. You just wait!" Get people excited.

      GM needs to make this a worldwide statement (and a worldwide car) and Paris is a perfect place to do so. I also wonder if Volt is going to be a world car and/or if its technology will be spread to other models. This is a revolutionary model for GM, and I think they'll get it right.

      rgt88@hotmail.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...we're wondering if GM will use the occasion to tell Europe when they can plan on getting an Opel-branded E-Flex ride of their own."

      Bleh. They'd be stupid not to sell it in Europe from the get go... but they'll probably make us wait another year or so until they've developed a boring-looking Opel version because someone's scared that the Volt's styling is too "American" for European tastes.
      Which is nonsense, the car's styling is fine, but it's real strength lies in what it does: driving 40 miles without a drop of gas. If they can get that point across with smart advertising, it'd probably sell even better here than in North America.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's an idea for Detroit:

      Pontiac G8 Wagon!

      (Please, GM?)
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1, especially since my Magnum is now discontinued. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        That sucks. I LOVED the 2008 SRT-8 Magnum.

        Why isn't there love for wagons?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is really exciting about the Volt is that a Malibu mule is getting 40 miles on Detroit's streets. The Malibu is heaver and not optimized, and aerodynamics are not even close to what the Volt will provide. To me this could mean a Chevy Volt with a 50 mile range, not 40.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not quite sure if Paris is the best place to unveil the volt, but no one in here has yet touched on autoblog's last point. If GM is unveiling the volt in Paris (which is before detroit), what could they possibly unveil in detroit that could possibly be better (remember, detroit is THE place to unveil a car, at least for American car companies)? My hopes reside with a new RWD impala, although that is unlikely that it will be RWD, a buick coupe, possibly a CUV version of the Volt, or a unibody pickup. Other smaller unveilings might include the STS/DTS replacement and XLR replacement, or possibly the next gen. Chevy Cobalt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe it's canceled due to lack of any money within 300 miles of detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No- it will be production, but gm can't gets parts, manufacturing time, or something till later. Production takes time to accelerate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      tankd0g:

      Geez tankd0g, I had no idea that GM produces the Mustang. I come to that assumption since the Camaro in Transformers was based off the last gen Pontiac GTO platform. Developed by Holden, the Australian brand of GM.

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      The Volt won't be unveiled at Paris. It wouldn't make sense since GM won't be selling as much in Europe as they will in the US and Canada. Also, a mid-size sedan (which is what the Volt will be considered to Europeans) doesn't scream fuel economy like it does to people in NA.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tankd0g's point wasn't what platform it used, but that GM showed a car years before it was ready, fatiguing the market and reducing the production car's curb appeal.

        GM marketing's master plan seems to be a slightly sophisticated version of "shout loudly and repeat often so that people don't forget you"; the shill the hell out of products for months (years?), repeat sound bites and do flashy concepts one after the other.

        This works, but it has three downfalls:
        * People don't take you seriously after a while when, despite your Volts and Camaros, you're still cranking out Aveos and Impalas (this is changing, slowly)
        * You fatigue your market well in advance of when you have something to sell. (this still happens).
        * You end up believing your own hype and ignoring what your competitors are, and more importantly, will be doing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you venture to quote something in French, might as well do it right.

      It's MoNdial de l'Automobile, not Modial...
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