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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt

Though its first official public debut isn't scheduled until early next week, the 2011 Chevy Volt has been introduced to the internet early courtesy of the The Car Connection, which published these apparently official pictures of the revolutionary series hybrid today. In the past few weeks we've seen official teasers shots of the car mixed with spy video taken on the set of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, all of which have only served to increase excitement ahead of the car's official debut next week. These pics give up the goods like no others, however, and show various GM execs and engineers directly responsible for its development posing alongside like proud papas. The list includes, in order, Tony Posawatz, Bob Lutz, Bob Boniface, Frank Weber, and Andrew Farah.

What we see is a vehicle about the size of the current Chevy Cobalt or next-gen Cruze with a very aerodynamic front end and high rear decklid. There are some futuristic design elements too, including the LED fog lights, black expanse beneath the windows and Volt badging attached to the sideview mirrors. Perhaps the most poignant pic of all is Lutz himself doing a double-handed lean on the production Volt, as GM's product czar has been the most visible figure during the car's very public development.

Check out all the pics in our gallery below and let us know what you think of the Volt's transfer from concept to production car in the comments.

  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley while navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt drives near the Golden Gate Bridge while on an engineering development drive in San Francisco, California Saturday, April 25, 2010. The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range on display at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolls off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet) (04/01/2010)
  • A Chevrolet Volt battery at the General Motors Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will offer customers an unprecedented standard 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Each Volt battery pack has nine modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 percent of the 155 components in each battery. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

[Source: GM, The Car Connection]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      nice detailing, but doesn't it look like a current TL from the front?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want the SS Volt with lowering springs and double-thick stripes.

      Seriously, though, I'd buy like 8 of those over a single Prius any dayum day of the week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This can save GM?
      Oh Please......
      • 6 Years Ago
      If only this came in a coupe i'd run out and put a down payment on that puppy right now. Oh well, I'm sure my fiance will apperciate the family implications of this thing...
      • 6 Years Ago
      its nice to see that they finally got some production photos out...
      i'm kind of up in the air about the design though.
      the car seems to sit too high for my liking ... there is so much sheet metal (probably plastic?) between the top of the wheel well and the top of the hood. it looks like someone stretched the car vertically. it should of been squished down, longer and sleeker like the original concept was.
      it does have a kind of Honda-ish look to it though.
      Either way, I'd probably still buy one since it is the Volt
      • 6 Years Ago
      Concept cars are teasers and we cannot realistically expect the production car looks exactly like the concept. So I think the Volt looks pretty ok. Compared to the Prius, I will take the Volt in terms of looks. Whether the hype of a plug-in hybrid holds up, it remains to be seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't this car supposed to look... I don't know, GOOD?
      • 6 Years Ago
      40 miles on a charge, which means a 20 mile "combat" radius. Then it switchs to an alternative fuel to recharge the batteries and extend its range. sounds fairly worthless to me. Probably doesnt have enough power to pull a greasy string out of a cat's ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If it sounds worthless to you, you're probably not its target market. I'd venture to say most avid readers of Autoblog are more performance-oriented than the average economy-minded buyer anyway...

        They chose the 40-mile all-electric range because something like 85% of Americans drive less than 40 miles per day. In their normal daily driving, those people will only be using electricity, and when they need to go farther than usual (vacation, holiday, wild hair, whatever) they can just go without having to worry where they can recharge, and pull into a regular gas station when the gas tank is empty about 400 miles from home.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In general its a good looking car. It looks like the GM engineers took an Acura front clip on it.

      A bunch of people are saying it looks like the Insight and Prius. Its another case of form following function.

      Its a Kammback, which provides the benefits of the teardrop shape but with less drag. Just think teardrop with out the tail.

      That being said I am disappointed with how this car devolved from the look the concept had. Now it just looks like just another hybrid.

      Personally, I will stick with the Zytek.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Boring, boring, boring. A glorified Malibu design. Lacking in creativity. Wait for the sticker shock. Someday carmakers will learn that people like to pay LESS for their vehicles. Just like the hybrids; it does not pay to get one because the cost overage wipes out any fuel savings. Common sense. US automakers need to take a lesson from the Prius. Toyota should occupy the same technology on some other designs. I just don't get it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a first gen Prius with a Malibu grill. Ruined any idea of making a 'good looking' car like the concept was....
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think the one guy is Fred Garvin.
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