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Chevrolet Volt MPV5 at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Car and Driver, General Motors may have something special planned for the Detroit Auto Show in January. Word on the web is that The General is planning to pull back the sheets on the next vehicle to use the extended-range hybrid drivetrain from the Chevrolet Volt. The next branch in GM's electrified family tree will be a five-seat crossover, potentially called the Chevrolet Amp. Using the same basic architecture, engine, motor and batteries from the Volt, a production Amp would help GM spread its substantial Voltec development costs over more than one model.

GM has been making noise about a crossover with Volt guts for some time, and thanks to the sleuth work of the detectives at Car and Driver, we know we may be closer than ever to seeing the vehicle become a reality. The company has gone through the pains to register a host of web domain names associated with the Amp moniker, some of which were snapped up as recently as October. Combined with the unveiling of the Volt MPV5 Concept at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, there's a good chance that a battery-operated Crossover will grace Detroit with its presence next month. Thanks for the tip, Phrime!



Photos copyright ©2010 Sam Abuelsamid / AOL

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent - 5 doors and 5 passengers should open the platform to new customers. I hope they sell a million. Good luck GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GROSS!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just terribly concerned about the nomenclature. The Volt, the Amp, them Ohm? Possibly the Farad? That would be a great name for a car with a really short range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about a Chevy Orlando or GMC Granite with a Voltec powerplant?
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I see why they wish to do this I'd thought they'd atleast attempt to make a smaller segment car first to increase the range of the Volt tech since in essense the car would be lighter. Hopefully in the future we'll be seeing a small Volt tech car or dare I say a sporty coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm.. so they want to build this, but not the Cadillac Converj?

      I don't get it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this car looks 100x less stupid than the volt because it doesn't have that stupid little fake black bar with it. praise jesus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Voltwagen??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volt, Amp, what is next?

      Joule? Coulomb? Ohm? Siemen?
        • 4 Years Ago
        (Buick) Electra and Cadillac Converj

        The Caddy was previewed a while ago. The Buick would be a simple grille swap of the Opel Ampera, like other Opel-based Buicks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Siemen - def out.. for multiple reasons ranging from Siemens to well they already had the aveo issue.
        "do you have any siemens in stock"
        "no no you are not pronouncing it right"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, get To market asap now that the other big kids are preparing series hybrid lineups... 2012 should give gm enough of a head start to sell for a year or three before the market gets very saturated.. And cars with 40-50k interiors start sporting volt performance levels without saddling themselves with sub Cruzeiro interiors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know if the sales would be there, but I feel it would be more exciting to come out with some sort of coupe that closely resembles the Volt concept that was originally revealed to the public.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking.
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