• Nov 28, 2009
2011 Chevrolet Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

General Motors shocked the crowd at Cars & Coffee this weekend by bringing out the 2011 Chevy Volt. Representatives on hand said this is the same car that will be on display at the LA Auto Show next week. They added that this is a pre-production model with a lot of development miles on it. For all that, it looked pretty good, especially given the wet conditions. We were disappointed that nobody faked an electric shock when touching the car in the damp lot.

Lack of hijinks aside, it seemed most people at the show liked the Volt, although several walked right past it, not realizing what it was. Good or bad, as important as this car is to GM, it looks pretty much like any other midsize sedan. On a day where Suzuki brought out all of their SEMA show cars and Tesla brought down a Roadster and Roadster Sport, the Volt and the Equinox fuel cell vehicle behind it still managed to draw a pretty big crowd. We snapped a few pics for our gallery, which you can check out below. We'll bring you more about the Volt and everything else worth noting at the LA Auto Show next week.



Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG THis car iS VAPOR WARE LOl ANother faiuler for GM!!111
      • 5 Years Ago
      There was a black one at the SF Autoshow, best looking manatee-shaped hybrid I've ever seen. Hopefully it drives as good as it looks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Volt is THE most historical moment in automotive history period. Not since the internal combustion engine was Mass Produced in the early 1900's has a product had so much potential to change the way we commute and live. People can hate GM all they want, at least recognize what a monumental achievement this is. It will be made in America as well! Voltec (the technology that drives the Volt) will be in most GM vehicles in the future. From 2 seater Corvettes to 10 seater Suburbans. So this 'It only seats 4' nonsense is just that. The battery pack runs down the center of this car eliminating foot space for a 5th passenger.....

      GM has already stated that the white plastic center stack will Not be for production. Neither will the interior door panels. This car was a Test car, just a mule to do the fine tuning on for chassis and engine functions. I'll also add the Prius comparisons aren't even valid. The Volt is 100% battery driven. It's Not a hybrid in the typical sense of the word. It has Zero competition in the marketplace as there is nothing like it and GM has multiple patents on the technology used. It should cost less than 1 dollar a day for a full charge and will help get this country off of foreign oil. We can produce electricity right here at home 100 different ways.... This is a fine moment for America and we should be proud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It does look a bit boring, but certainly better than a Prius!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's pretty obvious. Not only is autoblog politically biased, it is also vehicle brand baised. Very not surprisingly, the type of vehicle autoblog is biased to is very consistant to the same type of politics.

      How many PRO (pro is the key word) Government Motors chevy volt articles do people need to see anyways? At the same time, just how many NEGATIVE articles does one really need to see about Toyota?

      Why is there never a negative article about unions on this blog?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car only does 75% of what of it is claimed to do GM will still sell a million of them.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @MajorGeek
        With the tax incentive the car falls right into line with a loaded Prius or base Lexus Prius so the general public will look at it like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms except the best selling cars in America are a lot cheaper than a loaded Prius. The average new car sold in America runs $26K and the most popular vehicles are the ones that run decently below that number. That's why the most popular selling F-150's aren't the uber-loaded ones, and the most popular Camry is the 4-cylinder LE. All the highest volume cars out there are relatively cheap cars.
        So even if it's down to the price of a fully loaded Prius they're unlikely to sell "a million" because very, very, few people actually buy fully loaded Priuses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ MajorGeek

        In addition to what HotRodzNKustoms wrote you also have to consider how little gasoline this car will use, and if GM realizes they could put a diesel in it the MPH would be through the roof.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @the4thheat
        You're right that the best selling cars around are those base 4cyl cars but the Volt is not trying to be the best selling car. It's a niche car competing with hybrids and electric cars not Camaccords.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The millions of SUV drivers out there were in the 40 grand market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey all. Anyone know if the Irvine Cars & Coffee is still up and running? - The site doesn't have directions like all the others and is not clickable from the map of US events.

      Would appreciate any info. Thanks so much!
      Tom
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obviously it is still running this entire article is based on the Volt being at Cars and Coffee Irvine. I think they took directions off the site because the event is truly running at about capacity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's nice, but it pales in comparison to the lightning fury of awesome that is the Hammerhead Eagle iThrust.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting short about the development of the Volt:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP-n7pmWX-k
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite an impressive car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dated or not, the Volt is the product of years of technological innovation, and the first of its kind.

      I'd take this over any fast Camaro. This car will make history.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Before and after the LA Auto Show is always an amazing time to show up at Cars and Coffee. The Volt is a very sharp and handsome car in person. I think it will do very well since it gives you both the benefits of an electric car and the flexibility of a gasoline powered car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I really wish they had one in new england, doesn't seem like anybody cares about cars up here :-(
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        "I think it will do very well since it gives you both the benefits of an electric car and the flexibility of a gasoline powered car."

        At the expected $40k tag(!)...it's has to be (and more).
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        If I remember right someone tried a CnC in Boston but it apparently failed. Irvine is the only CnC that gets this level of manufacturer and media attention.
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