• Dec 28, 2009
Jay Leno drives the 2011 Chevy Volt - Click above to watch the video after the break

Jay Leno – in his traditional jeans and jean shirt, of course – had the opportunity to park a preproduction Chevy Volt in his Big Dog Garage, and he's kindly shared the experience with his fans. Right off the bat, Jay likens the future-tech Volt to a 1916 Owens Magnetic that operates on the exact same principle, proving that all good ideas eventually have their day in the sun on the road.

Leno has some interesting questions for Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah that are surely on the minds of regular shoppers who may consider the Volt for their next new car at the end of 2010. He also like the car's high-tech, lightweight stick... watch the video to see what we mean.

Naturally, Jay eventually takes the Volt out for a spin, and from what we can tell he came away impressed. And somehow, Leno ends up talking about the Mazda Miata and wristwatches and why men should buy the Volt... or something like that. Anyway, hit the jump to watch the video and see Jay's reaction to the 2011 Chevy Volt. Thanks for the tip, MIikael W!

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This really makes the vehicle look good. He talks up what needs it fills and it seems to drive nice too.

      I hope this car does well, although I know the price is going to be an issue.

      They REALLY need to put something between the rear seats. I know there can't be a 3rd seat there due to the battery, but I also don't want the stuff in my trunk sliding forward through that gap into the rear seats if I hit the brakes. Just put a flip-up panel to block that slot please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        eeep, great point... very strange GM would have missed that...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point on the middle area on the 2nd row seats. I'm sure that the they have thought about that and will hopefully address it when the vehicle comes into production. I also wouldn't like to place anything in the back that will slide through the 2nd row slot.

        And yes, overall, Leno made the Volt look good. Looking forward to the production vehicle hitting the showrooms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, if you were to run this thing all out of battery and used only the gas engine, what's the mileage? And the range? Just something that would be useful to know for vacation trips and whatnot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah.

      We get it.

      Denim-clad Master Chin has everything. Even things most mere mortals have no access to.

      Moving on.

      The "good down to earth car guy who happens to be a hollywood heavyweight, with connections" image is getting thin, and over-exposed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @David:
        you're also ugly, a crappy comedian and i demand you stop posting on autoblog, because whenever i read an article i don't want your ugly mug voicing your unfunny opinions here. also, you rate people's car advice based on their entertainment value. what do you drive, a clown car?

        anyways, jay leno is a far better car nut than he is a comedian. he's personally worked on more cars and different car models than probably anyone else on the planet. therefore, his opinion on cars is far more valuable than your opinion on him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @David - minus a million points for mentioning Click and Clack. Jay's got great cars and an interesting take. Your problem seems to be that you're a little dim. The Volt is a big car, even if it may not be profitable/viable/affordable quite yet. I'm interested in a variety of takes on it, and Leno's opinion is one I appreciate hearing. Props to Autoblog for sharing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. His head is too large for the car, and I thought I was only speaking figuratively until I saw this photo.

        I have always HATED this guy. I find him completely un-funny, annoying, extremely distasteful to look at and incredibly boring. Why must Autoblog keep writing about this guy's "fascinating" exploits?

        Click 'n Clack are 1000% more car-entertaining/interesting than this Morlock.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the guy, too...

        He seems like a good guy.

        But everywhere I turn, he's getting coverage. Car shows, Overhaulin', Mercedes drives, mercedes engines, a ride in the MC4-12C this that and the other thing.

        and that is just in the last couple weeks.

        Can I please turn around without seeing that giant chin in a denim shirt? Nice guy. Over-exposure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hrm... i guess... I just can't think of an alternative that we have, newman's gone, glickhaus isn't really as much of a car nerd, more of a car geek, and leno knows a lot more than, say, that drifter dude on speed (faust). anywho, I can see how the whole farmer bill thing (jean on jean action) might get old fast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish GM the best of luck with this thing. Looks good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice overview of the Volt from gear-head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jay is good...he gave GM there pre-moment. He knows and loves cars what is not to like. Andrew needs some eye-drops and a little pre-game to stop the blinking. The Volt...needs a cargo cover in the back...the we stole the iPod white theme on the center console needs to go. The problem is still $40K vs. a $25K Prius and GM trying to get buy-in from a educated (well) consumer who thinks a Chevy can compete with a Prius. First recall/problem that GM stands-still for a minute will kill any sort of market-ability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I don't know... people are still buying Toyotas, and they have recalls too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares..

      Leno the thrill is gone
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some commentors rightfully point out that the Volt doesn't make any economical sense. However if gasprices keep rising it will sometime in the future and i suspect GM believes they better be ready for when that day comes instead of losing even more marketshare to those who have the forsight. For now it is a choice that only people that believe in and care about global warming will make. For them it is not a matter of how much fuel they can buy but of how little fuel they have to buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is the price! This thing makes ZERO sense compared to even a prius. But next to a simple, reliable, un-complex honda civic this thing makes NO SENSE AT ALL. Why would I pay $40,000 for this over 21k for a prius or $15k for a civic or even a kia or hyundai and pocket the difference or buy a lot of fuel with it? I don't need an electric bill for my car on top of everything else either.

      We are in post-financial meltdown America. 6% inflation is predicted for 2010, 16% unemployment, skyrocketing taxes on the way, lower wages, higher energy bills, etc. Why would you pay this much for a car?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Finally someone with sense. When the Prius first came out I financed one for 31K.. Guys said he was excited to find a car that payed him. I wanted to whack him upside the head. Idiot now had a 550 dollar car payment on an older gen Prius, which are ugly slow and no fun to drive. my 19 mpg premium sucking SVT focus was a much better deal. 12 grand... I win he loses.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok, so you can't afford it. But there are people who can. Not everyone overextends themselves on credit and have a negative savings rate.

        Like with other initial technologies, the price will go down as future generations come out and other manufacturers come out competing vehicles. Give the market time; you can't expect a fully mature, super cheap and reliable car from the get-go. The first cars were expensive, dirty, uncomfortable, cheap, yet very expensive.

        Nowadays people can get a perfectly working vehicle for the low four figures or maybe even three... but think of how many years and billions of dollars have been spent on developing all the technologies for such a reality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's just nice to see GM likes someone. They hate their employees and dealers. Enjoy the love Jay. GM doesn't have much to go around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Volt will be the latest in a long, long line of "next big things" that turned out to be major disappointments from GM--the Vega, the Citation, the W-Bodies, the Lumina, and on and on and on and on!

      BTW, I'm going to test drive a Ford Fusion tomorrow since I'm shopping for a replacement for my Accord. I'm doing it just for laughs, so I can show the Detroit Boyz and the Blue Oval Mafia what a joke they are. This should be good....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I gotta funny feeling the Ford guys will be on the floor laughing at Brian after he leaves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice to see that you're going into the test drive with an open mind
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, this car looks fantastic.
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