Think of it as a recharge for the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the U.S.

The Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, whose sales have been on the upswing this year, will be among General Motors models that will be included on a new vehicle platform for the 2015 model year, the New York Daily News reports, citing two people familiar with the process that declined to be identified.

The Volt will join models such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox as well as the Opel Astra on the new platform. The first vehicles using it will be delivered in 2014 and about 2.5 million crossovers and compact sedans will get the new platform by 2018. GM declined to confirm such plans to the Daily News and company representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from AutoblogGreen.

Sales for the 2012 Volt have gained momentum since GM temporarily halted production a few months ago to allow dealers to work down their inventory. Through July, GM sold 10,666 Volts in the U.S., more than triple year-earlier figures. Another production halt is scheduled for next month.


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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would you all please....for the love of God....look on the bright side. * It is good marketing to announce this sort of thing. People start to speculate and talk (think Apple, anytime there is a rumor of a new iPhone, iPad, iAnything). * The Cruze Platform was very good. This will be better. * With model years being advanced (a 2012 can come out in early 2011), we could be seeing the new model, or spy shots, by late next year, early the following! * New cars are usually better than the one's they replace (except for Honda). This means, this one will go further on a charge, and....well...that's enough for me, because the current one is pretty darn good to begin with. Don't let the evil right winger be the happiest person in the room.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        GM will be more like Apple and only start making lots of money when they start selling the stuff folk/companies really want in Europe i.e high profit yielding Via Motors RHD light duty Chevy Silverado, Vans & SUV E-REVS 120 MPG/40 miles on Electric for companies awash with cash sitting on the sidelines doing nothing.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM, Get the damn price down please.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reason to Lease: Supplied.
        VFan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        Not sure. I've heard various comments about the Volt engineers being tasked with engineering $10k out of the car to a more reasonable price. At this time, it's not clear to me that gen 2 will be as high quality as gen 1. My current Volt is the best car I've ever owned. I hope gen 2 owners say the same.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sounds about right for the standard timeline for platform updates these days. So the new news is there is no new news, just more business as usual and as expected.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        The news is that Voltec 2.0 will be MY 2015, available CY 2014. Cadillac ELR has also been green-lighted. So that's MY2015 or MY2016. All very positive signs. GM is selling the gen 1 Volt on a 4-year cycle, only 45 months or so. They sold 7.5k Year 1, and will sell 20-24k Year 2. Assume easily 25+k Year 3 * 4 = 85+k USDM Volt + 35+k EDM = 125+k global sales before changeover. Not bad..
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM might be a bigger company, but they need to fire these people who leaked information to the media this far ahead of time. What is that going to do to sales next year? Why would someone buy a 2013 Volt if they know that the 2014 will be modified quite a bit? They can wait to see if the 2014 model will be good, or get a better deal on a 2013 one.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Because although leaking something 6 months too soon is a problem for many... 2 years is NOT. VERY few people are going to put off their intention to buy a new car, for 2 years. 6 months just before the release, there is likely to be a dip in sales. But that is unavoidable since marketing campaigns need time to get the word out anyway. 2 years is not going to cause a lot of lost sales.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Most battery claims are over exaggerated. If a person decides to hold onto a car for years, based on a company's claims... we'll they're setting themselves up for failure.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Ryan, you used a computer or phone to post. Is it outdated now? Aren't there faster, cheaper, better versions on sale today?
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Maybe not for this information, but if there was information about putting the next generation Envia batteries into them that could get a lot more electric only range, I think people would hold onto their current cars a little longer (2-3 years).
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Ryan, the 2013s are just coming out, and the 2015s are likely more like 27 months from now. Given that GM is having a record month for Volt sales (2500+ MtD, likely to hit 2,700 by month end), it's not an issue. People in CA were waiting for the HOV-eligible Volts, likely will have moved 1,000+ in CA alone.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Model year 2015. That's a little ways off. Do you think buyers will even remember this news article in 1 month or 6months?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Yeah, we've got 2 years until this new Volt platform rolls out (15 MY, in late 2014). I hope they didn't just Osborne themselves. But I am hopeful as to what the new platform will bring. I'll be driving my 2012 Volt for a while though, at least until the mid-cycle refresh of the Gen 2 Volt.
          theflew
          • 2 Years Ago
          If you've been following the Volt development over the years the plan was always to have Gen 2 out in 2015, so the only news here is that they are continuing on the Cruze platform.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish them success. Keep refining, cost-reducing, improving, tweaking . . . the Voltec platform has a good future.
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not rocket surgeon but isn't this kind of obvious? The Volt was based on the Cruze so it would follow suit that a change in the platform of one will follow with the other.
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