• Aug 14th 2008 at 11:00AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the production Chevy Volt

We're not sure why General Motors has released two new teaser shots of the production Volt as well as ten images of engineers and designers working hard on its development, but we'll gladly take and show them to you while we find out. Though GM certainly isn't going to let the whole cat out of the bag this early, we are given a much better view of what we were shown in that ABC News video. We can now see just how high-tech the lighting appears to be on the Volt, with the blue glow of its headlamps upstaged by what appear to be some sort of LED foglamps. We can't tell you what their function is, except to say they look cool and give the impression that the Volt is a car from the future on sale now, or rather sometime in 2010, which is technically the future, but you get our drift. The other pic is not as revealing as the first and shows only a small portion of the Volt's rear end including its bow-tie emblem and model badge. The rest of the images show designers and engineers working on a full-scale clay model of the Volt as well as the car's high-tech drivetrain. A few of the pics give up even more of the production Volt's design, so be sure to view each one in the gallery below.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      GM knows that everyone is wanting hybrid/electric/fuel cell/alternative fuel cars and they are way late and becoming irrelevant in this new non-truck market. They have to keep releasing Volt images and keeping the buzz alive to try and keep the fewer and fewer GM customers from forgetting them entirely. I hope they can save themselves. This Volt had better deliver above and beyond.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Please read very good article about the progress of the Volt and the vision. Well written and detailed look at the production of a revolutionary car. It is longer than 2 paragraphs with few pictures so it may be over the head of the average AB reader.

        http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/general-motors
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well put. Discouraged by GM and their irresponsible release of clay/aluminum prototype photos.

        Can a lumbering behemoth like GM move fast enough to make the Volt an AFFORDABLE reality?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Say what you want. This car is moving forward and I personally think GM has too much in it to give up. From the pics, I think it's a sharp looking car. I've never owned a GM or a Ford but, if US car companies keep it up, I'll be in a domestic before you know it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damned vaporware....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Some of you are very stupid or ill-informed. To read a very good article about the progress of the Volt and the vision take the time to look intoa recent write up in the Atlantic. Well written and detailed look at the production of a revolutionary car. It is longer than 2 paragraphs with pictures so it may be over the head of the average AB reader.

        http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/general-motors
        • 7 Years Ago
        still doesn't make it funny
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think it's funny.
        Frankly I find it more likely we'll never see the Volt. All the tech that comes from it's development will end up in other cars. Either way we benefit. I'd like to see it tho. I'd also like to see the tech flow to other vehicles I might have a need for. A small truck, CUV or wagon. I got my bimmer so I don't need a Volt but I do have a 94 Jimmy that could be replaced with something efficient.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @jg--

        It would be absolutely devastating for GM not to bring this car to production, and based on the pictures above I don't know how you believe this car isn't going to be on dealer lots in 2010. I was just reading over on gm-volt.com that GM will have 50 prototypes on the road with production parts by the end of this year, so to buy into the vaporware hype at this point is kind of ridiculous. It's real technology that GM is proving they have.
        • 7 Years Ago
        for those giving me low ratings...

        THAT WAS DRIPPING WITH SARCASM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looking more and more like Prius.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just like the Prius, minus the lame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it looks like a Malibue it will be an epic failure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooh look on page 6 you can see one of those engines that tankd0g insists they don't have any of yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those aren't photos of the production car. The two teaser images are CG renderings. Maybe if the clay model was done we would get a few shots of that.

      We are probably still a full year away from seeing a production Volt body in metal. I would also expect the design to change. You can probably forget the advanced lighting. When it comes down to it there will be all kinds of cost cutting measures to make sure this thing can hit the promised price point.

      Features of an $80k car are on a $80k car for a reason.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The advanced lighting may stay. Remember the Volt's ultimate goal is to use as little electricity as possible as well. LED lighting uses FAR less juice than standard lighting. Plus LEDs are cheap to manufacture and they last longer. The only reason they're only on expensive cars is likely the fact that they need to be engineered in and that automakers are protecting top brands. Why doesn't the G8 have the 3.6DI again GM? Does it not fit or something?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't be so sure about those being CG renderings.
        Those are pictures (photos) taken by a real camera, that also exists.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I get the feeling this this is a labor of love for everyone involved on the Chevy Volt production team. They all know the importance of what they are trying to build and seem to be pouring their hearts into getting this vehicle out on the road and exceeding everyone's expectations.

      I'm really rooting for GM on this one and I hope they hit it out of the park when all is said and done.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1

        I hope this is a winner
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1

        looks very nice
        • 7 Years Ago
        100% agreed. I am no domestic-car fan, but I do live in Michigan, and there is no denying that the US auto industry needs the Volt to be a huge win. It's the right car at the right time, and I for one am rooting hard for it.

        Peace
        policy
        • 7 Years Ago
        But if they were to exceed our expectations then shouldn't it look better than the concept and keep its previous 600 mile range and not cost over 30 grand?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, whats with the clay modeling now???? If they want to give us a tease at least make it worth looking at!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's cool to get an inside look on the dev of this project. I'm very much looking forward to the day this car comes on the market.

      Oh, and thanks for the high-res pictures :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see an American car manufacturer get in on the electric vehicle game and produce something that is eye appealing (unlike the Think and previous electric vehicles) and one more affordable (unlike the current Tesla). And yes, here comes the but....BUT, a 40 mile range per charge makes the vehicle not practical at all. Forty miles is an improvement over the earlier 25 mile ranges that the previous generation of failed electric "cars" had, but it still doesn't instill confidence in driving it. How many people go straight to work and back without deviating even if at last minute? What about detours that come about from accidents, construction, etc? You have someone that has a 16 mile commute each way and an emergency pops up, hopefully it's not more than an additional 8 miles round trip (and that's cutting it very very close)!!!

      All in all, when Ford/GM/Crysler/Dodge produce a vehicle capable of 150 miles per charge at the minimum, for a price point that won't break the bank (especially when factoring in the unknown) and looks good (they've got that part right) then I'll seriously consider purchasing an all electric vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's funny because I realized I should have researched it a little more and not just listened to the marketing folk and assume because of the name. Though what is interesting is that on GMs pages, there's a hybrid tab which the Volt doesn't fall under and there's an electric tab which it does.

        All in all it's another GM illusion like their truck "Hybrid" which they put out to say they had the first truck hybrid when all it is/was is as glorified starter. The Volt is no different. It still uses a combustion engine. I will give it props for the 40 miles per charge aspect given that if you're driving a Prius and run out of gas, with a full battery charge you might get 5 miles on the stored power in the batteries. So kudos to Chevy for that aspect of it all. It's still a hybrid though...a plug-in one.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not all electric, after the 40 miles the gas engine kicks in and runs the electric motor. Think train, not EV1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks freakin sweet!

      I love high tech lighting.
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