• Aug 8, 2008
The Truth About Cars' contributor Andrei Avavarii is one of those rare individuals with a real knack for using Photoshop. Being a dedicated car guy, Avavarii's photochoppery is often a very good representation of what a real production automobile could look like. Such is the case with his latest piece, which offers an early glimpse into the design of GM's most highly anticipated vehicle before it's finally released to the public sometime in 2010 (hopefully).
The most radical design element kept in this speculative-image are the transparent sections built into the upper door skins first seen on the original concept. Lutz says that the production car will be recognizable as a Volt though some concessions will need to be made, so Avavarii has enlarged the greenhouse and streamlined the car a bit for the sake of aerodynamics. Of course, we'll just need to wait till Chevy lays down its cards -- possibly as early as this October in Paris -- before we know how accurate this rendering may be, but it's always fun to speculate in the meantime.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      That is very ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering that they are trying hard to keep the price low, I doubt the silly glass doors will make it into production.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Back in January, GM trotted a few of us bloggers to the Advanced Design Studio where there is a special ops team working on the Volt. All in all things were pretty buttoned up and as we were leaving I had a sinking feeling that no great revelations would be had. Then someone in our group asked about colors since all we've seen the Volt in is silver. Bob Boniface led the group over to a corner of the studio to look at a board showing the Volt in other colors. As I knelt down to take a closer look, I realized that the side view of the Volt in that picture was not not same as the concept.

      The clear trim panel that runs beneath the side windows was now a black band and the windows were more traditional. Furthermore, the rear of the car wasn't as much of a notchback as the concept, instead it was more of a Kammback (for lack of a better description). Imagine that the roofline stays higher as it works its way to the tail or conversely visualize a higher tail.

      The photochopped pict at TTAC looks nothing like the color sample charge that I saw.

      rwcmick
      all cars, all the time
        • 6 Years Ago
        these pics are really taped up, but this will give you a better idea about the tail

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/22380333@N05/2388136836/in/photostream/

        • 6 Years Ago
        Was the rear of the car designed with the high tail so that the roof looked as if it were sloping downward? Like, it LOOKS like, say, the new Scirocco with the sloping roof, but it's only a visual illusion because the roof height doesn't change? I'm not sure if that makes sense or not, but I figured I'd ask as the CNBC special never showed anything more than the front of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ewww. That's things fuglier than the Azteck! Good luck GM!
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol no kidding, a knack with photoshop? Try crack cocaine and MS paint. Douche about cars is the professional wrestling of car blogs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ BlackCanary, yes and keep in mind where this came from. The nontruth about cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It always amazes me that EVERY rendered speculation manages to fool some tard into thinking the Photochop is an actual factory representation.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I doubt it will be this out of proportion. Although it would explain why they will only show us the grill so far... :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's with the 1991 camaro rs teal color?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll wait for the official renderings before commenting, I always hated Speculative Renderings, 9 times out of 10 they are usually way off
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't care for the chop at all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      or you can go to the cnbc website and view the video.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well said, Dausman.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Door handles in glass are NOT going to happen! Insurance nightmare to put it mildly.

      Also, I know Maximum Bob talks a good game, but is there any physical proof ( Published statements on paper with GM letterhead, factories with orders for parts marked "GM Volt", etc. ) that the Volt will be built? All I am aware of is a test mule and Maximum Bob's diarrhea of the mouth.

      Thinking back to the shameful GM's shameful track history with alternative fuel cars I just gotta ask ( Re: "Who killed the electric car?" ).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Haha, that's one tiny rear wheel!
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