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Chevrolet Volt in 'Victory Red' – Click above for high-res image gallery

Remember how big a deal General Motors made about the upcoming 2011 Chevy Volt's supposed 230 mile per gallon EPA fuel mileage rating? Well, you can now forget about it. According to USA Today, the Feds have decided not to use the preliminary testing procedure that produced that mythical 230 mpg figure, and a new methodology for rating electric vehicles has yet to be finalized. Don't expect a revised mileage figure any time soon. In fact, an actual mpg equivalent rating may not come until the Volt is just about ready to hit the market at the end of the year.

This revelation was revealed this afternoon during an event at GM's Michigan battery plant in Brownstown Township, and we were in attendance. When we arrived, we were greeted by the sight of the first-ever red Chevrolet Volt. This "Victory Red" example is one of between 30 and 40 manufacturing validation vehicles built so far at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Those cars were preceded by about three dozen production verification cars built since late March of this year. This particular example was built about one week ago.

In the next two to three weeks, General Motors will start building so-called "salable" Volts that will go into the captured test fleet for GM employees to accumulate miles and catch any last minute glitches before the cars enter full production in November.

What do you think – does Victory Red suit the Volt? Have your say in 'Comments.'

Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: USA Today]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      No surprise that they have to change the rating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really digging the red paint and the grey dash. I don't think I'd be able to tolerate the iPod white version. However, the rocker panels really need to be body color, or at a minimum gloss black instead of the bare plastic they have now. If they were gloss black, then that would compliment both the window trim and the roof.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully the feds come out with a way to calculate the real life mpg number. or something close to it.Or more like real life MPG cost.

      A lot of factors will come into play to actually see how much gas or $$ one uses.

      If someone just charges and commutes less than 40 miles each day with enough time for complete recharges then cost of electricty will matter most.

      On the other hand, If someone travels more than 40 miles and / or doesnt have enough time to charge completely then cost of gas and fuel efficiency of the engine will come into play.

      Either ways they'll have to assume a lot of things. Fingers crossed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can put Victory Red Lipstick on the Volt and it still looks like Rosie O'Donnell with black paint tricks to make her look less fat. Egads does the Volt look bloated and awkward. This is the type of product you get from a company lacking the will and the smarts to do the job correctly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those black side skirts and air dam moldings look overstated with the wide black window/upper door treatment...at least a paint job over the moldings should be in order.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I really hate when concept cars have these cool purposeful details that don't make it to production, but they keep the look of the details. The concept car had those low side windows, but in production they're just black plastic. The concept car had that cool charging receptacle door in front of the mirror with the logo on it that made sense. Yes, I plug it in under the door that reads "volt." Production has black plastic. The concept car had that rear glass panel for better rearward visibility and the production car has yet again black plastic.

        I understand why they did each of these things; all for legitimate reasons, but they really should have restyled them to make the design coherent instead of making them fake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is so old now who would buy it? Old or new GM - they tease a car way too early, by the time it comes out you have seen it every where and it's old.

      Besides I wouldn't buy anything from a company that's owned by the feds and took bailout money!

      Rate it at 500mpg, I don't care! It's too expensive and dated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VOLT still equals FAIL. Only 4 seats instead of 5 its a deal killer for anyone with a family.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Screw families - those people can get their damned minivan fill at any time. The Volt isn't a "failure" just because it doesn't cater to you alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmm, if it just catered to him alone then it would be an epic fail, in this case it's just a mere fail for not catering to the biggest demographic in 4 door sedan driving appliance purchasers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First off, I will admit that I don't have a fmaily(as in kids and a wife). If I did have a family large enough to need 5 seats, I surely would not be buying something the size of the Volt(even if it had 5 seats).

        That said, I do own a car that can seat 5(VW GTI) and I can count on one hand the number of times it has ever held more than 4 people. Once I fit 7 but it's not something I would recommend, I still have shoe marks on my headliner :-P

        I may not have a family, but I have friends and I tend to be the driver many times because my car oddly holds the most( I have a lot of friends with trucks). Just because it has 5 seats doen't make that 5th seat very comfortable.

        Personally, I don't think that having 4 seats will harm the sales of the Volt much at all. I just can't imagine a couple standing on the sales floor pining for that uncomfortable hump they call a seat in the middle of most back seats. Heck, the oringinal Insight had 2 seats(as the upcoming CR-Z will as well) and no one seems to be complaining about those and they're even less practical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Paint's fine.

      It's the rubbishly awkward split grille with overlaid bow tie that Chevy needs to sort.

      Looks even worse on the smaller Asian designs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To think that before the bailout they were trying to game the system for a mere 100mpg rating.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It beats the heck out of anything from Asia. Nice interior and nice exterior, but as others have said, I don't like the black rocker panels. Color key them please. Good job GM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      they could never just charge the car up, and then run it until it stops moving. Then they'd end up with an average figure of like, 35-40mpg, and then what? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Killo Red!
      No charge.
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