• Sep 4, 2008
Click above to view gallery of the production Chevy Volt

Excitement around the production version of the Chevy Volt is reaching a fever pitch. Last week we brought you spy video and images of what appeared to be a production Volt on the set of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, and while General Motors has since revealed that what we saw was not necessarily the series hybrid's final form (and that it was actually a rebodied, gas-powered Malibu), it nonetheless proved that the Volt's design is nearing the end of its gestation. Today GM revealed to Automotive News that the production Volt will, in fact, be unveiled this month as part of the automaker's 100-year anniversary celebration. The main events for the celebration are Monday, Sept. 15th and Tuesday, Sept. 16th, so we expect the car to be unveiled on one of those two days.

Ford Motor Company celebrated its centennial in 2003 and used the occasion to debut an equally exciting yet very different vehicle: the Ford GT. Fast forward five years and the hottest vehicle on everyone's mind is not a supercar, but a series hybrid. Times have certainly changed.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The hype around the Volt is reminding me of a similar level of hype for the X-car, circa 1980. Front-wheel drive, how futuristic! Perhaps in 20 or 30 years hybrids will be commonplace and we'll look back on the Volt with a chuckle, which is how I remember my uncle's Citation X-11.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hurry ! Honda is coming ! Hurry !!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly, I am more excited about Honda's CRZ concept. This fevered pitch thing you guys are talking about kinda died out when the Volt slowly unveiled its true colors. Concept looks nothing like the teaser photos. For 30k plus it better be getting 100mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand why someone would actually choose to drive a Toyota knock-off instead of a what appears to be a very cool looking revolutionary vehicle... It would seem you have enough money to buy something that is a engineering masterpiece instead of a cheap imitaion, you do drive that M3 right??? (GT3 on PS2 doesn't count)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow! You must have Automotive ADD (AADD?).
        • 6 Years Ago
        OK the VOLT is beyond watered down from the concept. Unless the teaser photos are wrong. And just because I have the money to buy the Volt why would I? That's a logical fallacy. Just because I have money doesn't mean I will spend it on something that has no value. This market is for someone who wants to save money. So it would be kind of silly to spend over ten grand on something that looks like a bit better than the competition but performs similar. No one knows yet, but all I know is that it will cost more than the rest without looking as stunning as the concept.

        We don't know how diluted Honda's concept would be, but its typically pretty close. My main interest in it is it's suppose emphasis on being a sports car.

        got it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lets see if I understand you:

        You were a fan of the CONCEPT, but not the 'watered down' production version that is more aerodynamic and, thus, more efficient than the concept would have been..... so you are switching your fanfare over to another concept that will also be diluted for production.

        Gotcha. Have fun with that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "For 30k plus it better be getting 100mpg"

        If you drive fewer than 40 miles per day, the Volt will deliver infinite miles per gallon.

        (Miles per kWh is another story)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. Can't wait to see it. Based on the spy shots, it will look pretty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Never thought I would say this about a "Green car"..... I am losing sleep and cant wait. (somewhat ashamed:-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh. Looks great, but won't be available for another 5 years, the way GM operates.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 I can't wait.
      • 6 Years Ago
      is there a market for very expensive hybrid car?

      what sells now is:

      toyota corolla
      toyota prius
      ford focus
      honda civic

      who will buy volt?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well Lexus has a 100K Hybrid car, and It's selling well while getting about 24 MPG, so yeah. I guess there is a market for it.

        Especially if the Volt is 60 grand less, and gets double the fuel economy than the Lexus. Yeah they're different size classes, but they're still hybrids.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1) Is there a market? I dunno, ask Toyota who is currently developing a Prius rebadge for the upmarket Lexus brand.

        2) Who will buy it? Anyone who commutes for less than 40 miles per day and is excited at the opportunity to do so without using a drop of gasoline. Do that in any of the vehicles you mentioned.

        3) your post = fail.
        Santo
        • 6 Years Ago
        You left out the Hyundai Elantra. I Average 35 mpg and I paid 13,000 for this spectacular car. Do some research and u will see that it is in the top 10 for low cost of ownership. Ive had it for over 2 years with no issues, lifetime oil changes, and the best warranty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volt- 2008 est. $40,000.00
      Insight - 2008 est. $ 18,000.00

      2010

      Volt - est. $ 45,000.00
      Insight - est. $ 23,000.00

      Difference - $ 22,000.00

      Insight - est. 32mpg.

      Gasoline - 2010 $ 5.25 gal.

      133,000 mi difference.

      Awfully close decision. I'll wait for fuel cells.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Re: (And yet, the car won't even go into production for two years. Domestic manufacturers, particularly GM, have a nasty little habit of showing their product years in advance to the point it's either stale by the time it comes out, or it's getting there.)

      And how long did it take the Veyron, Nissan GTR to make it to market? Or how long will it take for the AM Rapide, Porsche Panamera to be sold since they were shown as concepts? Bottom line is, at date of sale a car is either cool or not no matter how long it takes to develop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The production version looks a lot better than the concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      quick lets put out a press release, honda just releases shots of the new insight so we need to say something fast!

      • 6 Years Ago
      dont like the tail lights or the chrome grill, but over all shape is good. I'd have to do some changes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Folks Volt isn't and never has been about making the cheapest TCO vehicle for consumers, nor is it about making the greenest car.

      For most drivers even at $4.00/gallon a Cobalt has a lower TCO than a Prius and is certainly greener when one considers the entire life cycle of the vehicle.

      Its about two things: 1) getting away from foreign oil and 2) establishing GM as the tech leader in electric cars.

      So who's going to buy Volt? The same folks who bought the Prius when it was brand new. Folks who just need to have the most technologically unique car on the market. Folks who bought Priuses as an image statement.

      Chevy's answer to TCO is the Cruze, the Volt is an image car, one that will wrest the green technological crown from toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And yet, the car won't even go into production for two years. Domestic manufacturers, particularly GM, have a nasty little habit of showing their product years in advance to the point it's either stale by the time it comes out, or it's getting there. I suppose though, with all of the hooplah surrounding the Transformers set and the CNBC and Today show reveals, they've got to do something.
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