• Jul 30, 2008
Pending white collar cuts and dismal sales data have resulted in morale problems at General Motors. That's going to put a damper on the Detroit automaker's centennial celebration, so the General plans on showing employees a near-production-ready Chevy Volt to give workers hope. The (hopefully) game-changing extended range electric vehicle will be shown internally around the September 16th centennial, and employees who see the Volt will, of course, have to check their cameras and phones at the door. That doesn't mean the public won't soon get an eyeful of the car, as GM sources report that it'll be shown in production trim at this year's LA or Detroit Auto Show. Don't forget also that it's also been rumored that Volt could show up in Paris in October.

GM has 200 engineers and 50 designers working long hours to make the ER-EV happen by its late 2010 production target, and there are another 400 people working on components. GM is also constructing a new 530,000 sq-ft facility to build the Volt's 1.4L engine and working on getting incentives for the planned construction.


[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully the pre-production car won't be nearly as ugly as the concept. Slit windows? 26" rims? This is a car, not an APC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM has low morale and showing the soon-to-be-fired employees their future car is going to improve it.

      Better off just doing a hawaiian shirt Friday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have little doubt this is designed to get a few leaks out there in addition to improving morale. Which is fine with me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Volt is nothing but vaporware. Blah blah blah. Well it looks more and more like GM is going to turn this into reality. Now all of you naysayers are bitching about how they are rolling this out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      zamafir -

      It's not a press event, that's why the press is not invited. The press will see it at an autoshow, either at LA this November or Detroit next Jan.

      GM knows how important the Volt is, they are busy making it a reality instead of worrying about "naysayers".

      Which reminds me, surprised to see no posts yet from the tin foil hat crowd about how the Volt is vaporware and isn't real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "GM is also constructing a new 530,000 sq-ft facility to build the Volt's 1.4L engine and working on getting incentives for the planned construction."

      GREAT IDEA!!!!!

      /sarcasm
        • 6 Years Ago
        Check the ABG headlines.

        "It's official, Flint engine plant to build Volt range extender"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because they have a half dozen idle facilities right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is a great idea. It replaces the old Buick V6 (3800) plant, and condenses operations to a single site, bringing operating costs down. They're going to put the I4 in the Cruze too, so yay.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What?

        Why the sarcasm? I think it really is a great idea.
      lexx
      • 6 Years Ago
      had a family member who had seen the volt tell me it was a two door coupe, very sharp looking. the two door had me confused i thought it was a sedan?? he said it looked almost like a solstice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great! This means that pics of the production Volt will be on the internet by the 17th.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd be more apt to say the 15th.
      • 6 Years Ago
      zamafir -

      It's not a press event, that's why the press is not invited. The
      press will see it at an autoshow, either at LA this November or
      Detroit next Jan.

      GM knows how important the Volt is, they are busy making it a reality
      instead of worrying about "naysayers".

      Which reminds me, surprised to see no posts yet from the tin foil hat
      crowd about how the Volt is vaporware and isn't real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...employees who see the Volt will, of course, have to check their cameras and phones at the door. " Did they actually learn something from over exposing the Camaro?
        • 6 Years Ago
        There could be 20,000 on the roads and the fanbois will still be crying 'vaporware' at the top of their lungs.

        :rolleyes:
        • 6 Years Ago
        why not the LS2LS7, if you are this naive then you must believe what was under this cover back in January was also the production Volt. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/09/sneak-peek-at-production-chevy-volt/

        Remember January, when they weren't even testing batteries that have a 2 year test cycle yet?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is not naive to think that GM has both mules (but not necessarily in sheetmetal) and non-running (but in proper sheetmetal) Volts right now.

        Renault can have 2010 Meganes running the streets in LA right now and you think Chevy doesn't have Volts almost along?

        I think it is an unreasonable position to say GM can't be far enough along to do any actual testing right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, no. Unless of course they completely fail to meet their ever shrinking goals and the thing has a 30 mile EV range and and overall MPG of 40. Then yes, I will laugh pretty hard even with 20,000 of them on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But tankd0g, there's nothing to leak, right? Just 4 days ago you said GM doesn't have any Volts anyway.

        'I know they don't have a car to put it in so I'm pretty confident they didn't try either one yet.'
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't underestimate anything, I've been prototyping things for production half my life and I know what I'm seeing with this thing and it's mostly smoke with no fire. this is what happens when the crazy old man in charge announces the feature list and then tells the engineers to build it.

        The Camaro was in production the day they picked a factory and started making tooling for it, you can bet your ass there's no tooling being made for the Volt chassis yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      leaked picture coming out tomorrow
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