• Aug 12, 2014
With the next-gen Chevy Volt due to make an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show early next year, bits and pieces about the new car are making their way into the press.

Perhaps most importantly, the new Volt is going to have better "fuel economy and efficiency," according to GM executive vice president Mark Reuss. The current Volt gets 98 MPGe and 37 miles per gallon on premium fuel. It also has a 38-mile electric-only range. We don't know how GM will improve the efficiency or to what degree, but the logical options include making the car lighter, giving it better aerodynamics and/or improving the powertrain. To that end, one of the big things we don't know for sure includes information on the new gas-powered engine. Forbes says it will be a downsized 1.0-liter, three-cylinder mill instead of the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder used in the current model, which could certainly help the car be more efficient. The new Volt is also going to have more technology, which shouldn't surprise anyone.

GM is now openly talking about how it will change the way it markets the Volt, shifting away from the mass-market mentality to focus on the regions where the car is already popular. "There's a Northeast and West Coast market for Volt, and there's nothing wrong with that," Chevy chief marketing officer Tim Mahoney told Forbes.

There are rumors that the new Volt will have seating for five by adding a seat in the back. This is something a lot of current Volt owners would love, but we've heard nothing official hinting that this would be the case. We expect the battery to be the new 17.1-kWh version, or maybe even have a capacity increase, so GM would have to seriously repackage the pack to eliminate the ridge that runs from between the front seats and then back to the rear two seats. If you've heard anything official, do let us know.


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      Ziv
      • 6 Hours Ago
      Just to let the Volt haters know, not one person has ever died in a Volt wreck. Not one. In 4 years. The Volt is built like a tank, and that is a really good thing if you are in a wreck. That doesn't help the city mpg in CS mode, but it sure helps safety.
      j
      • 4 Months Ago
      "GM is now openly talking about how it will change the way it markets the Volt, shifting away from the mass-market mentality to focus on the regions where the car is already popular. "There's a Northeast and West Coast market for Volt, and there's nothing wrong with that," Chevy chief marketing officer Tim Mahoney told Forbes." GM should shift it's marketing to showing dealer sales staff how to increase their earnings by selling Volts. The car will sell itself to customers, it has always had to.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Months Ago
      "There are rumors that the new Volt will have seating for five by adding a seat in the back." It's official. I'm going to start saving now. The 2nd gen Volt is going to be my next car. I'll hand my current car off to my daughter when she turns 16, and by then the first of the 2nd gen Volts should be coming off lease and likely going for less than $20K.
        DarylMc
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @BipDBo
        Is it official that it has 5 seats or that you want to buy one? :) I do think that downsizing the ICE is a good idea.
          BipDBo
          • 6 Hours Ago
          @DarylMc
          I've wanted a Volt for quite some time, but I just need at least 5 seats because I have 4 kids.
          • 6 Hours Ago
          @DarylMc
          I also need 5 seats because I have 4 kids. That's been the deal-breaker for me thus far.
      • 4 Months Ago
      3 KW plugs out inverter, that would be something.
      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hope it will be a huge success.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 4 Months Ago
      We know that the VaporVolt will still be profoundly challenged to make it an economically viable product when compared to a $18k, 40 mpg vehicle of the same size. When you factor in all acquisition costs and then operating costs, you still would have a minimum of a 10 year window where you would be better off buying a conventional vehicle at the $18k price point (or less) that gets 40 mpgs on the highway. This is simply an economic fact and nothing you can spin about this will make this untrue. If you are a better than average driver, you could actually increase the mileage of the conventional product by over 10% just learning how to drive your vehicle efficiently. That is free efficiency. And it further distances you from ever having to need a VaporVolt and increasing the ownership advantage to 11 to 12 years BEFORE you'd spend enough money just to buy a VaporVolt.
        GoodCheer
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        "We know that the -Mercedes-Benz- will still be profoundly challenged to make it an economically viable product when compared to a $18k, 40 mpg vehicle of the same size. When you factor in all acquisition costs and then operating costs, you still would have a minimum of a -infinity- year window where you would be better off buying a conventional vehicle at the $18k price point (or less) that gets 40 mpgs on the highway. This is simply an economic fact and nothing you can spin about this will make this untrue." It will be many years before any plug-in vehicle will offer lower total costs over (say) 5 years than a $10,000 Nissan Micra. That's why manufacturers equip their plug-ins to compete head-to-head higher in the market.
        thecommentator2013
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        @R Good.. Are you justifying yourself for not being able to afford a Volt?
        John Hansen
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Well, it's funny you should bring that up, because I recently figured out how much money I was saving per year with my Volt compared to a 40mpg car. I'm saving $800 a year, and my Volt cost me $23,000 after tax credit. That means that my Volt is the same cost as your $18,000 eco-box after just 6.25 years, and it's all pure savings after that. Oh, and it's also a MUCH nicer car, more like a $30,000 BMW than your $18,000 Kia. Enjoy driving your eco-box. :)
        Hackmartian
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Your argument makes no sense for a few pretty obvious reasons: First, there is not a single non-hybrid car on the market that gets 40MPG in the city. None. The most fuel-efficient gas-only cars only manage 35MPG city in optimal conditions. Put any of those cars in heavy stop-and-go traffic (where electrics and hybrids thrive) and the MPG figures fall further. Second, the cars that do get 35MPG city are no-frills, subcompact, base models that are several classes below the Volt in terms of safety, equipment, comfort, refinement and performance. Option out those cars to include touch-screen infotainment systems, fully automatic climate control, back-up cameras, alloy wheels, power everything (if they're even available), and see what you're left with. Move them up a class in terms of size as well, since the Volt has more interior volume than the 35MPG economy cars you're comparing it to. Find one that was named a Top Safety Pick+. The price rises and the MPG falls. You can lease a Volt for well under $300 per month, 0 down, for 3 years once all the rebates and discounts are factored in. Name a truly comparable car that leases for much less, let alone one that gets great mileage. Third, and most importantly, your argument doesn't hold up for the very simple reason that the Volt's electric-only range (38-45) more than covers the average daily miles driven for virtually every demographic in America (under 30 per day, according to the NHTSA). There are thousands of documented Volt drivers who have never emptied their gas tanks, relying completely on electric power for all of their transportation. The 38MPG figure tacked on the Volt is irrelevant if you never use the engine and, for most drivers, they wouldn't need to. As a matter of personal experience, in the two months since my wife leased her Volt, she's put 2200 miles on the car and has used less than a single gallon of gas. Her mileage, in gas terms, is over 1000MPG, which is common among Volt owners. She charges the car at home overnight, when electricity is cheap. Her previous car (a V6 Accord) cost her $300 per month in gas. The Volt is costing about $40 a month in electricity. Over the course of her lease, she'll save almost $9500, and she won't need to show up to work in a base model Mitsubishi Mirage to do it. We've been incredibly impressed with this car and, while I get that it doesn't suit everyone's lifestyle, it shouldn't be dismissed. It's a shame that it's been so terribly marketed and caught up in so many misguided political arguments, because it's a remarkable piece of engineering and a big win for the home team. The car feels like the future already. I can't wait to see what Gen 2 can do.
        thecommentator2013
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        @Revis Goodw... Oh, and something else, Revis...I am (or better: was) in the market for quite expensive cars when I was looking for a new car back in 2012. I paid my Volt cash and I didn't get any tax rebates whatsoever. What I get is very low car taxes and my Volt is very well insured. Most people don't understand how the Volt works, at best, they think it's very similar to a PiP which it is not. I test drove a 2013 PiP. Worlds apart. Now, I could be driving a lovely R-Type Jaguar. But I didn't go for it. I am driving the Volt. And not for one second do I regret my choice. Not a second. Now, I am pretty sure you're not familiar to such thinking patterns. But then again, Revis, it's ok.....
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        The Volt can also be driven more efficiently. Plus + the Volt isn't an average 18k car say the ford focus, or chevy cruze. it is a premium car. the ride is FAR SUPERIOR to any 18k car. trust me, I just trade mine in. I drove it for 2 years. averaged 107mpg. over a course of 16,000 miles.
        DarylMc
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Hi Revis You are on the wrong forum to dismiss the Volt because it may not be the very cheapest form of transport.
        John Hansen
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Btw, the term "vapor" refers to a product that a company offers for a long time but never releases. The Volt atlas been available for five years now. "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." :)
        labamba_fiorina
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        "VaporVolt" "VaporVolt" "VaporVolt" C'mon guys, use my cool new name!
      TopGun
      • 4 Months Ago
      And anyone that drives a Prius and a Volt back-to-back will tell you (if they are honest) the Volt is worth ever penny the price premium over even the regular Prius.
      • 3 Months Ago
      I hope they find a way to improve the performance of the Volt. Let the ICE and the battery work together to improve the acceleration. Its fine at low speeds, but getting on the freeway and climbing hills on the PA turnpike is where the current design shows its weak point. I'm fine with the range. If they build a better battery that doubles the range, I'd rather have the option of a cheaper battery with the same range. Most days the Volt runs only on the battery. I do take frequent long distance trips, 900 miles each way. The car rides nice, handles well and is comfortable on long trips. Gas mileage is near 40 mpg at 70 mph. Not bad for a 3800 lb car but could be better. It should be at least as good as a Prius on long trips. An improved ICE should help. 4 seats are fine. We usually only have 2 people in the car so there's plenty of space for luggage etc. Our "other car" is a 2005 GMC Envoy XUV. It gets 18 MPG on the highway but is seldom used. It's great hauling large items, and seats 5 comfortably, but does ride like a truck. It's fine as a second car. It has 60K miles on the odometer. The 2011 Volt has 50K, only 18K in the electric mode. I like the Volt, will probably keep it for the foreseeable future. I would consider trading it in for the next version, if the performance were better. Perhaps a Volt SS?
      HVH20
      • 4 Months Ago
      50MPG+ on regular gas 5 Seats 6.6kW Charging 12-13kWh of Usable Energy MSRP Starting at $35k (before incentives)
      Johnny Roosh
      • 4 Months Ago
      We know it will be recalled.
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @Johnny Roosh
        It has already been recalled.
      SublimeKnight
      • 4 Months Ago
      If they can get they can somehow get the ergonomics of a LEAF (5 person seating, ample cargo) and it's 60mi-80mi EV range plus a no compromise hybrid system (ie can go 300 mi on a tank without electricity), that's going to be hard to compete against. A 200mi range EV doesn't even give you that level of practicality.
        Naturenut99
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        They already get over 300 miles while using gas. 9 gallons x 40 mpg = 360 miles. If you only want to go by the combined 37, 3x9=27, 360-27= 333 miles. But still, the MPG will improve with 2nd gen. The aero is already better than the leaf on the highway. I would assume even better this time. The 5th seat is rumored, so that is might happen. There is one spy shot suggests a slight chance of that. There is also a rumored 2nd battery option that would be 50+ miles of EV range. But only time will tell, by that I mean this January, what the specs will be.
        scraejtp
        • 6 Hours Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        A 200 mile EV already doesn't give you the same level of practicality as a Volt. You have to be cautious adding too much EV range, as then carrying the ICE becomes useless. Everyone seems to ask for more EV range (up to 100 miles) which ruins the purpose of the car. If the ICE only kicks on a couple times a year then it probably isn't worth carrying. Keep it simple, minimum size pack that gets you the maximum rebate for cost saving. (16 kWh) Whatever range you can eek out of the pack you can use.
      bK
      • 4 Months Ago
      I gotta feeling GM is gonna screw this up again.
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