Electric Francophiles looking to continue their July 14 Bastille Day festivities might be comforted to know that the party can run right into the following day when General Motors will celebrate the first 2014 Chevrolet Volt models rolling off the assembly line.

Yes, July 15 will mark the day the first 2014 Volts will be finished up at General Motors' Hamtramck factory in Michigan, according to Inside EVs. While the extended-range plug-in won't be much different from the current versions, folks will have a few more color options (ashen gray metallic and brownstone metallic, pictured) as well as goodies such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated seats.

GM is also cutting energy use at its plants. Specifically, GM is taking part in the US Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants program, Hybrid Cars says. The company will cut the amount of energy required to produce each of its vehicles by at least 25 percent by 2018.

Either way, GM is doing what it can to help boost Volt demand. Through May, the model's sales rose just 1.4 percent to 7,157 units after tripling last year to more than 23,000 vehicles. Then June came and brought with it excellent sales news for the Volt.


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      Ziv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scr** the new paint colors GM, how about a lower MSRP to help the uninitiated realize that you can get a Volt for less than $28k? But thanks for making my Cyber Grey Volt a collectors item!
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volt still only has 2 Approved UK dealers that can service it and keeps its warranty valid. Chevy need to help some of the other 106 UK Chevy dealers out in becoming approved UK Volt sealers, will new colours help shift more than the 5 Volts UK sales made in 2012, l doubt it very much. Manchester 10 hour round trip & 8 hour round drive to Lincoln is to far to travel for servicing & spare parts to keep the warranty valid. My local Leaf dealer is few minutes, 500 yards away.
      A_Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the Volt but I don't want a family sedan. I know their answer to that is the ELR, which I love, but it's going probably substantially more expensive. I will keep driving my CR-Z until I can get a moderately priced sporty EV/plug-in hybrid.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully they fixed the plastic welds in the bumpers. Paint flaws from uneven parts is not good. This isn't the 70's
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      So . . . any word on any real updates to the car?
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      They really need to be working on lowering the price. Hoping Gen 2 gets closer to $30k retail price. Without incentives or tax credits.
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      I made a joke ABG blog post once about an article on the Volt coming in a different color. sigh...
      kEiThZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd rather they have done something about the fugly interior and that caboose. Those two items stopped me from buying the car.
      Joseph Brody
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw a Volt with the grill area "murdered out" (all black). The grill area is normally silver like pictured. It looked really good black.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Big whoop. The Volt should have been lighter, more aerodynamic, faster and with a much smaller ICE. and a lot cheaper. Say a 2cylinder 500cc engine, maybe with a turbo. Ultra small. That way the 16kWh battery could take it over 100km and cover most driving.
        j
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Great idea, Tesla's Roadster with a range extender. Also, how about an option to swap out the turdo ICE with a 53kWh battery. Oh wait....
          j
          • 1 Year Ago
          @j
          Oops meant to type Turbo. Though not really very important by and by is it?
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Lighter and more aero, you say? Interesting... On the engine - how about a turbine? When I was a rocket scientist,I was at Matin Marietta - we had those babies regularly at 30,000 rpm, and more on some I can't talk about. Slap a small turbine in there and now we are talking some electricity.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make them in breast cancer pink to appeal to women. Buy a volt, for the cure!
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't 2014 supposed to be the Volt 2.0?
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