• Sep 8th 2008 at 2:08PM
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Just days after we got a hint of what the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt would look like from some folks who spotted one during filming of Transformers 2, we now have official photos of the actual car. Someone apparently leaked out a series of studio shots of Volt with some of the executives leading development of the car. Vehicle Line Executive Tony Posawatz, Chief Engineers Frank Weber and Andrew Farah, Design lead Bob Boniface and of course Maximum Bob Lutz are caught posing with GM's new star. The car is expected to officially debut next Tuesday during GM's centennial celebrations at the Renaissance Center. The basic shape we saw on the movie car appears to be the same but it varies in some details. The shoulder area at the bottom of the side windows is blacked out to replicate some of the look of the original concept. Given that the Volt shares its basic platform with the new Chevy Cruze, it's no surprise that it appears to be about the same size. So far we haven't been able to reach GM for a comment but hopefully we'll have higher res images soon.

  • Tony Posawatz
  • Bob Lutz
  • Bob Boniface
  • Bob Boniface
  • Frank Weber
  • Frank Weber
  • Tony Posawatz
  • Andrew Farah
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Kudo's to GM. I personally liked the EV1 better but this car needed to be more main stream. It probably lost the wider tires for efficiency. They are working with a smaller battery to get 40 miles and can't affort to waste any energy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM, that is not an electric car. Why don't they resurrect the EV1 instead of making ugly cars like this? Instead, they rather ask for $50 billion from our government to develop hybrids which pale in comparison to the production of EV1 series. They killed the series to seal away evidence of its existence. Yay for getting their hands *oily* and dirty. Now, GM has suffered lost of profits from the failed sales of their grotesque SUVs/Trucks. They laid off several workers so that CEOs and stockholders can keep earning their ridiculously unfair share. Now, they want my tax money to develop a piece of sh*t. Get smart, GM. You are thinking too short-term. Oil will run out. Get with the program and start making completely electric cars. And, don't even fabricate the excuse of having no long-range batteries. They do exist and you have the f*cking patent. Utterly disappointing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That view from the top really looks jelly beenish. A very high hoodline, visibility probably won't be great. Hmmmnnn. With regards to the comment regarding the high door sills. I don't like them either, however at least they are transparent, they're just dark like sunglasses.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those Door sills don't look transparent anymore. That was the concept.

        Look at photo 3. They look solid black.
        Look at photo 6&7. Look at the angle. If they were transparent, they would be showing you the inside of the door.

        This is just a lame styling feature, coupled with tall belt line and short greenhouse (and likely crap visibility).

        Glad this wasn't on my list.

        I'll take the improved visibility in a Honda Insight for half the price, thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks perfect!!! I was afraid they would try to be too stylish and make it more for looks than functionality. I still wish they would make a wagon type version more like the Opel concept.

      I'll be buying my first Chevy in 2011!!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Kind of reminds me of the Honda Civic design. Looks way different then the original concept, to be expected I guess although disappointing. Don't like the rear end design much look our of proportion in some ways.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's a very nice 1988 Mercury Sable
        • 7 Years Ago
        nice camry, more like.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Blind people really shouldn't comment on a car's looks. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well the styling will help to sell, but the bottom line is just another hybrid...... still pumping oil..... disappointing, guess they still feel the need for their onboard IC security blanket.........

      I had hoped for an updated EV1 system pure plug-in electric....... with induction motors, dynamic braking and Lithium batts to improve the range and performance..... mostly just dump the old LA and NiMH batts.....and they likely could satisfy a large % of the market
      They have gotten to the lithium batts, and the motors ??..... but they are still charging with the IC engine..... adding significant weight
      Maybe the cost of the batteries is still a limiting factor, but with simpler lighter plug-in designs on the market, with adequate performance, its where designs need to go to get to a pure plug-in EV......... for me they have missed the mark.... just another mousetrap............
      • 7 Years Ago
      we don't need 0-60 in
      • 7 Years Ago
      First the Vibe now the Prius . . . and how about an actual photo of the car without the posers.

      I hope this works well for the General.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Quite the opposite, Gary. These are publicity shots of some of the key people involved in designing the Volt, they are showing off their work and they want to get some credit, too. They have every reason to be proud.

        Don't worry, there will be shots of the car, naked and unashamed, without the executives, engineers and designers showing off.
        • 7 Years Ago
        why do they have to have someone in front of the car in every photo? are they ashamed of it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "First the Vibe now the Prius . . ."

        So, what does that mean? Did you mean Matrix, as in, GM copied it to make the Vibe? That wouldn't make a lot of sense, since they're the same car made in the same factory. That's like saying the Malibu ripped off the Saab 93 because they have the same chassis. If that is your point, how is this related to the Prius the way the Vibe is to the Matrix? They don't share a single bloody part, or even use the same type of propulsion.

        I know there was a point in there somewhere, I'm just not sure what that is. Please explain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why do GM cars sold in America always have the most mundane looking rims? Can't they honestly do a little better than that? Worst comes to worst, take them from your Euro models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is a fair looking car, not as nice as the concept, but it is ok. And it goes 40 miles all electric, which is kind of important. I drive 30-35 miles a day most of the time, with the odd road trip of 200 miles once a month. I could be buying about 4 or 5 gallons of gas a month, instead of the 50 gallons I buy now. My mileage amounts are fairly normal, most people drive between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year. (I know there are a lot of you that drive more, but most people don't.) Most buyers of this car will see their gas use drop by 80-90%. If Volt, and EREV, production gets to be sizeable, it will reduce demand for oil. That is huge. And when Volt II, and the IMiev, and the Volt CUV start to show up we will see better batteries, longer AER, sportier designs, and we will be using american produced electricity, instead of foreign oil.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car has been promised since 2006 why is it taking so long? All we see is pictures and more pictures....hype hype hype.... chevy brought out the camaro from concept to production in three years. This car will be dogged by consumer groups and car enthusiasts clubs for it's lack of performance and handling. Who the #@#$ cares about performance!!!! Chev should bring out a cheap electric clunker and make alot of them..flood the market. If I don't have to see another gas station in my life, I would pay 30,000$ for one no matter how it drove or how fast it went. Just make one already!!!!!!
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