• Jun 30, 2009
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Now that the Chevrolet Volt has progressed to the point where vehicles with near-production bodywork are running around, the time has come for the crew to begin ironing out details like the ride height and spring rates that will directly influence the plug-in hybrid's handling.

Regarding these points, chief engineer Andrew Farah has some interesting things to say about the Volt and the way GM will position it against its competitors. For instance, Farah notes (in reference to the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight), "Our chassis is much more sporty than either of the other vehicles."

Farah also comments on a couple of changes to the car's exterior design that eagle-eyed parties had noticed, such as the relocation of the plug from the front fender to under a flap in the traditional location for a gas cap. Other changes, such as the headlamps and taillights, may merely be present because the Volt is still early in its development cycle and there are some pre-production bits that aren't yet necessary for testing purposes.

Spy photographers take note: Farah also says the car is set to undergo some hot-weather endurance testing out west this summer.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this succeeds. Unfortunately, I can't see this ever being a real threat to the Pruis unless they drop the price...dramatically. Hopefully this will spark a wave of new plug-ins in the future -- including one that the average Joe can afford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahh the average Joe can afford I love that word. Even the new Honda insight isnt that cheap for average Joe especially in this economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, at the least 2x as expensive WITH incentives from the fed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With the Fed rebate you're looking at $32K. A Prius starts at $22K and goes up to around $28K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        91Fairladyz:

        You don't think the Volt will have OPTIONS that will quickly erase any Fed incentive and push it up to or past $50K?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The top-model Prius starts at $30k. At the moment, we don't know what trim levels of the Volt will be offered, whether the price point will center around $40k, max out at $40k, or start at $40k. Everything we know about pricing is a rough number that GM tossed out a year ago.

        We do know that the $7,500 tax credit has been exhausted on the Prius, but will still be available for the Volt.

        If you've got better information, state your sources.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah I think the price is high but I would assume that it would drop very quickly. Id also venture to say that this car is merely a platform to build off of. I've already seen and opel version, cadillac version........ theres much more to come from this. I seriously doubt GM is the blinded to price, they know the price has to come down, but for now they also know they need to get something out there and start some competition again. Great Job GM, keep up the good work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do you assume? Based on what insider information? Developing a brand new class of vehicle isn't cheap. GM can't take a huge loss on this car, they've been milking the marketing mojo and screaming this thing will be the car to save them for years now. That sort of desperation does not relate to magical price drops.

        Though if you're privy to some sort of information which countermands GM's long held assertions that they're already pricing it as absolutely competitively as they can given the costs associated, I'd very much like to read it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sporty?
      The initial prototype coupe could have been called sporty-looking but this appears to be as sporty and exciting as a Malibu. The design is fine as a sedan but don't call this thing sporty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well perhaps the Cadillac Converj will help them get sales from rich buyers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What defines sportiness? The body? Or the suspension?
        • 5 Years Ago
        exactly, to some people, sporty is how a car handles, not how it looks.. but those people don't buy hybrids..
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'll believe this one when i see it... hahahahaha! a 4-door GM EV sedan thats sporty? wake me when that happens zzzzzzzzz
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the hate?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those of you with some business experience understand that "early adopters" are more than willing to pay extra to have the latest thing.
      Add to that the celebrities that want to be seen as "greener than green" and the limousine liberals who are eager to shore up anything that Obama supports will be more than enough to sell out the first years production for Volts produced by GM-Obama. Big profit margins for UAW off the backs of the bondholders who loaned money to GM to develop the Volt.
      But then again I'm not bitter......bet me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        good points Bob H,

        ...and also dont forget that GM is now Government Motors so a freindly Obama gas tax could skyrocket Volt demand...but their are also big negatives to this

        and I thought they were only projecting to sell 10,000 Volts in its first year? I guess a lot of things have happened since I read that 6 months ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think the aging hippy crowd will be very eager to display their true belief in the Obama administration by driving one of these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking "green" vehicle I've seen yet.

      Alternative energy vehicles are fine by me...but please, enough of this "futuristic" and "cute" styling. I will never buy one as long as they look the way they do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a Ford Fusion Hybrid with your name on it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      doesnt that thing look like a honda insight?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well to me it definitely looks better than the others mentioned, but isn't it going to be significantly more expensive? I'm not sure driving dynamics are high on the list of people who buy these.

      I really do like the look of the volt though. Nice job GM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, at the least 2x as expensive WITH incentives from the fed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir

        Last time I checked the base Prius starts at $22,000. That means, by your calculations, a Volt is going to cost "at least" $44,000 after the $7,500 tax credit the gov has already announced.

        Thant means you are estimating the sticker price of the Volt is going to be $51,000.

        Either you are misinformed or just don't know what you're talking about.
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