• Nov 29, 2010
The Chevy Volt Unplugged Tour is officially over after traveling to 12 cities across the country. Chevy is calling it a success with a total of 6,384 lucky participants spending time behind the wheel. The tour traveled 4,124 miles and made sure to stop in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, which are part of the initial launch markets.

After driving the Volt in Tacoma, Washington, professional test pilot Normal Howell remarked that "It is very well sorted out... very, very mature in all aspects of vehicle dynamics and driver interface, and I'm very impressed." Chevy created a Driver Scrapbook section on the Volt's website allowing people to share their driving impressions of the Volt at ChevroletVoltAge.com.

[Source: Chevrolet]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I really think they could have more of these. There are tons of local car shows and it would be very smart for Chevy to not just have a Volt on display, but also have one out in the parking lot so perspective buyers could take one out for a spin.

      Even amongst seemingly "knowledgeable" car enthusiasts, many people out there don't know how the Volt works (in terms of recharging and range and refueling costs). Letting people drive one to see that it's just like a regular car and that it offers essentially unlimited range like a regular car would be very smart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      During the drives, and subsequent interviews, I wonder if the Chevy people said "now, if you really want one that'll be north of 40K?". Will they sell?That is the real driver test, and we don't know the answer to that yet. Creating hype, then squashing it with a heavy price tends to ween some out. Especially in a tough economy. We'll see. What worries me the most is if they are cool reception to people, just how much will big brother step in and offer incentives that we all have to pay for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about lease it for $350, which is really not that bad for a $40k car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did they call this the "unplugged tour" when the Volt requires plugging in and the cars we currently own, do not?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry to hurt your feelings, but 6' isn't that tall (I am 6' as well). ALL cars are designed to accomodate people taller than 6'.

      My 6'4" relative drives a Jaguar S-Type, and has no issue with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't understand the jihad people feel against this car. I think the inclusion of a range extending ICE is just brilliant. Get the majority of EV benefits (extremely low gas usage, extremely low emissions) if your round trip is under 40 miles or under 80 if your work place offers charging.

      I personally wouldn't purchase one new (or any car new actually, can't afford it atm...) but I am greatly looking forward to what the 2nd and 3rd generation Volt can offer in terms of distance on battery alone and may have to give it a serious look when I am in the market for something new a few years down the line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't it ridiculous how passionately people hate this car even though it's a great technological advancement just because it's a product of GM. I'm sure if it was produced by someone else they would be singing its praise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never understand why people say they won't fit into a certain car, as if only big heavy duty dualies or something can fit their macho stature. There are such things as seat and steering wheel adjustments these days...

      As for ego though, that's still pending.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see that the only gray matter in your head, comes from a Quickcrete bag.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To bad it looks like a Chevy....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Volt looks excellent inside and out, but if you prefer another bland Asian product go ahead.

        GM is doing everything right with the Volt, the design, the serious effort on technology, and reach-out to the masses. I can't wait to see it on the road every day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Paul

        "I really hope you're not a civil rights advocate, because you're one racist, self-righteous simpleton"

        Ouch, I better stop driving a white car then, since that makes me a KKK leader right?
        Man you have stones in your head.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick

        While I think the Volt and Leaf are pretty cool cars, the way you randomly brought up "bland Asian product" seemed a bit lacking in what you were trying to convey and somewhat xenophobic. It's true Japan makes many appliances but I think the GTR, 370z, Sti and Evo would help you see otherwise. Does the U.S. make plenty of appliances? You bet. You brought up Asians because Shawn didn't like the Chevy design. I really hope you're not a civil rights advocate, because you're one racist, self-righteous simpleton. Please, next time you want to convince someone why the design isn't so bad, use a real argument.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gua

        I love how gua can't distinguish between racism (a notion involving two or more human ethnicities) and the geographical origin or material products.

        Asian products have historically been known as mass products, made to mildly appeal to the masses. This is what I am referring to in my previous comment.

        I am a civil rights advocate, and the opposite of racist, but making EVERYTHING a race issue is idiotic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Asian products have historically been known as mass products, made to mildly appeal to the masses. This is what I am referring to in my previous comment."

        Oh please. To defend the Volt you decided to compare it to "bland Asian products" rather than just the Leaf, which is one of its main competitors. Does that make any sense to you? By the way, which car is more bland the Leaf or the Volt? Be honest here. Anyone with some sense would tell you the Volt is the more generic looking vehicle, despite the Leaf being some Asian product.

        You're also pretty ignorant if not racist. Does your list of "bland" Asian cars include the following: the Soul, Sonata, GTR, CR-Z, Juke, Lancer, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, Leaf, and pretty much the entirety of Mazda's lineup?

        PS The Volt's interior is horrid. Touch-sensitive consoles are ALWAYS horrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shawn: Too bad you don't know the difference between "To" and "Too".

        This car is going kick A$$.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are a lot of things gua gets wrong, hence his nearly all-red bar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny. I felt that was one of it's best features. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick
        And what were Chevys historically?! It's a mass market brand of affordable cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are marketting it well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on. I'm 6 feet tall, and I've ridden in the BACK seat of a Porsche 911.
      • 4 Years Ago
      great info. I'll bookmark your blog and follow your future content..
      did u know Unlike some hybrids like the Toyota Prius, the Volt doesn’t use its petrol engine to drive the car’s wheels.
      Check this out here http://crazyabtcars.co.cc/?p=288
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like that on the whole the Volt is getting a postive reaction,Kudos Chevy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes....on the hole...
        • 4 Years Ago
        More like it's getting positive press.
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