• Apr 1, 2011
Props to Road And Track, which got someone at GM to spill the beans on a surprise debut for the upcoming New York Auto Show: a two-door, convertible version of the Chevy Volt.
Aside from the obvious, the topless Volt doesn't look all that different from the standard version and packs the same plug-in hybrid powertrain under the hood. Thus, the all-electric range is around 40 miles, but the gas tank must be smaller because the range extending 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine only provides an extra 200 miles (on the standard Volt, the gas provides around 300). One bonus on the soft-top is a special photovoltaic film that can keep the interior cool as well as power things like the low-power Bose stereo system. The best news? The drop-top only cost $2,000 more than the standard Volt and will available this summer. See the whole thing over at R&T.

[Source: Road And Track]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      while this might be an april's fool, it might not be a bad way to get more sales out of the imperfectly built platform to justify the high cost. if it can be done without too much development cost.
      of course the best would be to spend all effort on quickly making a much superior replacement for the volt though. but that's not going to happen
        • 3 Years Ago
        They need all the help they can get, despite the $7500 handout/bailout per Volt from uncle sam Volts are not selling well at all, they only managed to peddle 608 Volts in March:

        http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/news/news_detail.brand_chevrolet.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2011/Apr/0401_chevsales
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey! Result from the cracker barrel's newest member!

        Let's see.. usual rubbish from DF, followed by FT's barking mad distortions!

        How FT can interpret;

        "1,210 Chevrolet Volts have been delivered in 2011, including 608 deliveries in March. In addition, approximately half of the 595 participating Volt launch dealers have taken delivery of their demonstration vehicles. These Volts will remain with the dealers for at least six months before being sold, ensuring customers will have the chance to test drive the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year.".

        As, [quote]"Volts are not selling well at all, they only managed to peddle 608 Volts in March", [quote]....... is just bloody minded, stupid and deceitful.







        • 3 Years Ago
        FT, the number is not what they can sell. it's how many they make. they can sell many more it would seem
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, accidental draft double post!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hey! Comments from the cracker barrels newest member!

        Let's see.....Good grief, more egotistical rubbish from DF, (now he's telling GM to immediately stop making the Volt) , ah, ha, here FT with a barking mad statement to rival even DF's sense of unreality!

        How FT can distort GM's statement;

        "1,210 Chevrolet Volts have been delivered in 2011, including 608 deliveries in March. In addition, approximately half of the 595 participating Volt launch dealers have taken delivery of their demonstration vehicles. These Volts will remain with the dealers for at least six months before being sold, ensuring customers will have the chance to test drive the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year".

        Into;...[quote]Volts are not selling well at all, they only managed to peddle 608 Volts in March:[/quote]

        Beggars belief ! Either FT is just as bloody minded obtuse as DF, or he is deliberately dishonest, or both!

      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I would love to have a convertable Volt, it's sad that it's an
      April Fools joke. I own a "normal" Volt and love it. With 700 miles
      on the car I haven't bought gas yet and have 200 miles of range
      remaining on the gas tank. I would rather power my car with coal from
      Pennsylvania than oil from Venezuela.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree whole heartedly. I just have a feeling that the second I get one a nearby gas station will finally offer E85, and I would have been able to run kick OPEC where it hurts (in the wallet, this is a family friendly post, people) for a lot less.

        I'm also kind of torn with waiting for the flex fuel Volt. I really like the idea of zero gasoline for most driving and only 15% for long distance.
        • 3 Years Ago
        oh you mean that coal industry obambi vows to shut down?
      • 3 Years Ago
      You suckered a right-wing idiot at the weekly standard to fall for it!

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/chu-electric-cars_556135.html

      • 3 Years Ago
      But wouldn't it be cool if they did?
      Would you have believed that Cadillac would build a CTS-V, let alone a CTS-V WAGON ten years ago?
      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/22/first-drive-2011-cadillac-cts-v-wagon/
      • 3 Years Ago
      hey convert, get back to us in about 3 years when that piece of crap volt begins not taking a charge........how much longer must we suffer you fools that first make us pay for part of your freaking piece of junk car that burns coal to charge the battery that WILL eventually fail.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bill, all things eventually fail! Somethings take longer than others. Take the Volts battery for instance, one day years and years into the future it will fail, this is true and inevitable.

        You, on the other hand, fail straight away! Your stupid negative clichéd remarks are mindless, irrelevant abuse. Even DF is sort of trying in his own weird way to find solutions to problems, and proposes idiotic theories, you just shout abuse .
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol nicely played ABG!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will be interesting to see how the aerodynamics compares.
        • 3 Years Ago
        On second thought - I just noticed the calendar.
        Too bad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        stueck, I was totally fooled until I saw your post.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why the too revealing tag?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Errp! Pranked by R&T!! Well done p-shoppers!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is suffering from a double whammy. First, it's Government Motors product. Second, it is laughably overpriced and with the giant Federal subsidy will make the owners the target of public scorn and ridicule.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What about comparing operating costs over the next 10 years as compared with an equivalent featured gasoline powered car? Then it isn't so overpriced.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Especially in light of steadily increasing gas prices in North America. Driving past gas stations knowing you may never have to pull in again - is a sweet trade up for many.

        The convertible will sell hard and fast in Southern Cali and sunbelt States. An easy win for GM and another leg up on Nissan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it were true it would confirm my desires and firm the deal. I have a volt on order now and expect the first of the 2012 to come to my dealership. I have been wavering, as I have a 2010 Prius that I truly like. A convertible Volt takes the waffle out of the waver.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not? A convertible makes perfect sense. At only $42,000, it will be a runaway success! The extremely strong rigid chassis maket the perfect convertible platform.

      GM, start building, with an up market, Buick or Pontiac version based on the Ampera!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heck, I'd be happy if they just offered a power sunroof!
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