2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt front 3/4 view
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2016 Chevrolet Volt headlight
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2016 Chevrolet Volt grille
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2016 Chevrolet Volt taillight
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2016 Chevrolet Volt interior
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2016 Chevrolet Volt interior
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear seats
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2016 Chevrolet Volt gauges
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2016 Chevrolet Volt infotainment system
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2016 Chevrolet Volt shifter
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2016 Chevrolet Volt rear cargo area
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2016 Chevrolet Volt media drive
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2016 Chevrolet Volt media drive
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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has just appeared at dealerships, but already the talk has turned to the mildly updated 2017 model going on sale in a few months. The new Volt has already won the 2016 Green Car of the Year award and is sparking a noticeable uptick in sales over the outgoing model. Chevy is now planning to keep interest in the second-generation Volt strong with some tweaks and increased availability.

The main equipment change to the 2017 Volt will be the option of adaptive cruise control on both the base LT and uplevel Premier, according to CarsDirect. While the Volt already offers safety technology such as blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning, adaptive cruise has been conspicuously absent.

But the largest change will be that the 2017 Volt gets nationwide availability. GM decided to focus on strong markets for the original Volt when it chose where to introduce the new model. Buyers interested in the second-generation model have until now been limited to making purchases in states such as California, Maryland and the Northeast. This will all change soon.

Conversely, you can have a 2016 Nissan Leaf now in all 50 states, or a 2016 Toyota Prius very shortly. But in our first drive of the Volt, we found it to be, "an efficient, no-compromise EV" and worth the wait for those who don't live in the states with the strictest emissions laws.

Perhaps the reason the 2016 Volt is already being given an injection of dealer incentives is because of its relatively short lifespan. The 2017 Chevy Volt should arrive on dealer lots by spring 2016.

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