One more driving mode, one less color.

That's the crux of the changes in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. Changes for the 2013 model year will include a driving mode that lets drivers force the car into gas-powered, extended-range mode in situations where it's most advantageous to switch out of EV-only mode, GM Inside News reports.

Drivers can choose the Volt's "EV Hold Mode" in certain cases, such as when the route consists of a bunch of highway driving prior to city driving, according to the publication. Switching over to extended-range mode, in which the gas-powered on-board generator is used, would be better in that situation because high speeds drain a plug-in's battery charge a lot more rapidly than city driving. "EV Hold Mode" is standard on the Volt's European sister vehicle, the Opel Ampera. The closest that U.S. drivers can do with today's Volt is engage "Mountain Mode."

Additionally, the Volt will eschew its black roof and trunk backing and will go to body colors for those parts of the car for 2013. Other improvements include a lane-departure warning system that's becoming commonplace on many U.S. vehicles.

GM released details of the 2013 Volt following the model's most successful sales month since its late-2010 debut. The automaker sold 2,289 Volts in March, a monthly record that is more than three times higher than figures from a year earlier. The Volt missed the 10,000-unit target set by GM for 2011, moving just 7,671 units last year.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the idea of EV-Hold mode. The more control the driver has over the drive train the better. No matter how advanced, there is no way a computer can predict impending driving conditions. Only a human can do that, so I am glad they are putting the control in the hands of the driver.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
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      Westlakehills
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buying one this week, trading in my Lexus. People who ridicule and/or hate this car simply haven't driven one.
      Blake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame about the color change. I think it's a much more attractive car with the roof and trunk backing painted black. Fellow Autobloggers, look at the rear end of an Opel Ampera and let me know what you think looks better.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Blake
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      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      obama
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Wasn't even in the picture when this car was being developed....
        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        The first concept for the Volt was revealed in 2007. Who was the president then? Bush
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
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          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          I guess I'm the typical kind of GOPer that voted for Obama the first time and will be voting for him again huh?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Haha. All I did was post "obama". Silly turds.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          See how easy it is to gets peoples panties in a tangle?
        pickles
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Ryanandrewmartin, did Obama also design these vehicles that hit the market during his first term? Chevy Camaro Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Cadilliac XTS Ford Explorer Lincoln MKT Dodge Challenger Just sayin'....
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Opel looks WAY better. We need to end the tax credit for these and let them stand on their own merit - if they can. "Anyone BUT Obama 2012."
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I do think we need to end the tax credit.
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        @stclair5211
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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car deserves to sell much better.
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        @Avinash Machado
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      Hanson Bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should sky-rocket sales into the dozens.
      Hanson Bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should sky-rocket sales into the dozens.
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        @Hanson Bro
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          Hanson Bro
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yeah. Dozens. The Volt will be put to sleep within 18 months, if not sooner.
      timber
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good Work Just keep improving it GM
      alphac2005
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm in a staunchly Republican suburb in Atlanta and I see several Volts with regularity along with several Leafs. If the cars are starting to sell around here, then there is hope that they can actually sell. It gets old that many of my neighbors make electric and hybrid cars into some type of political issue, which seems to go against their constant argument of "getting off of foreign oil", instead of talking about the merits of the cars and of the exciting technology behind them. For me, I'd take a Volt (although my wife totally dislikes the interior), but I need space for five and with the battery pack size, it only has space for four.
        Al
        • 2 Years Ago
        @alphac2005
        Yeah, I agree that it's incredibly annoying that the volt has become a political beach ball. Obama says he'll buy one. So... Limbaugh says they are stupid. So... The Bush family declared they would be buying one. Hopefully those in both political camps will just go drive the car and make up their own minds.
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        @alphac2005
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        @alphac2005
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          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          I saw a Volt this weekend with a ski rack on it while I was on my way back from Vail. Still can't see a way that they can put a rack on the Model X with those ridiculous doors. Seems a huge oversight for a vehicle with AWD that presumably would have some foul weather capability. Oddly, the Model S makes a bit more sense in that case.
      R3TRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't get over that touch sensitive dash... that's really the only thing holding me back. I want real buttons! I can't imagine how distracting it would be trying to find the right area to "touch" in stop and go traffic. I think the whole iPhone phenomenon has gotten out of hand, not everything Apple does should be copied!
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        @R3TRO
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        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R3TRO
        No one is copying Apple. They didn't invent the touchscreen.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @R3TRO
        i test drove one (so take it with a grain of salt) but i fond it to be pretty good. it is a lot more button than touch sensitive, than you would think, and there are a lot of physical makers and dividers that make it pretty easy to glance and then find what you were looking for. i only test drove one, but i had no issues in the 10 minute drive and of course i explored as much of the controls as i could.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you want to change something, make it $10,00 cheaper and sell it at a loss. Use the increase in sales to drive down the costs associated with the drivetrain and then start putting it in more vehicles. Before long you're making more money and have a huge technological advantage over your competitors. If you're only moving 2000 of these a month then you'll never get this thing to the point where normal people can afford it.
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        @Polly Prissy Pants
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          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          zamafir, http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-04-17/story/jacksonville-city-fleets-add-new-chevy-volts " Few of the 10,000 Volts sold nationwide since its late 2010 introduction are in fleets of any kind, said Chevrolet spokeswoman Michelle Malcho. “We sell about 9 percent to fleets, when the industry average is about 30 percent,” Malcho said. "
          zamafir
          • 2 Years Ago
          do we know how many sales are going to fleet sorts of deals? the only reason I ask is my local dealer had six on the lot two weeks ago. Last week they were gone, walk around back and all six were wearing gov plates. Maybe just an anomaly for SD given our status as the largest joint military location on earth, but I'm definitely curious if this is an isolated incident or indicative of a larger bulk purchase the fed/dod went on.
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