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2013 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet has taken an aggressive tack to move units of its revolutionary Volt, selling a fair number to government agencies, offering really fantastic lease deals and marketing the hell out of the car. After a week of driving (and generally enjoying) the 2013 iteration of the extended-range hatchback, I tend to think that customers should just take advantage of the current confluence of market forces rather than bemoaning the larger state of affairs with General Motors as a whole. After all, one of the biggest knocks on the Volt has always been that its MSRP is too high, a fact that... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.4L I4, 111 kW Motor
Power:
149 HP / 368 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single Speed
MSRP:
$42,780 (as tested)
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    It's worse than we thought: GM commissions Chevy Volt dance to go with song
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    "E for electricity, V for Chevy Volt and me..." Catchy little diddy, we admit. That said, we were mostly willing to let the Chevy Volt song make the deep, dark trek into obscurity with nary another mention here on our pages. That is, until today. What made us change our tune, you ask? Boy, are you in for a treat. Witness the Chevy Volt dance. Yes, it is ...

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    LA 2009: Bob Lutz keynote: "The automobile industry simply can no longer rely on oil"
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    The news from Bob Lutz's opening keynote address for the LA Auto Show was that GM would be working with some California utilities to test a fleet of 100 Volts. But there was a lot more delivered in that speech and, in the best Lutz-ian tradition, the message was clear and simple: the Volt is GM's most important product. Oh, and he would not be addressing ...

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    LA 2009: GM announces 100-vehicle Volt test fleet for utilities in California
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    During Bob Lutz's keynote speech kicking off the LA Auto Show this morning, he announced that GM would bring a fleet of 100 Chevy Volts to California in late 2010. GM will partner with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Sacremento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for ...

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    LA 2009: Officially, Official: Golden state to get first dibbs on the Chevy Volt
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    Chevrolet has confirmed was has been talked about for some time now: when the Volt goes on sale late next year, it will initially be available only in limited markets. First up will be the state that has pushed hardest for electric vehicles, California. Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District are ...

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    "Viridian Joule" picked as winner of Chevy Volt Paint Color Contest
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    The votes have been cast, the tallies tallied and the winner determined: Viridian Joule will be the official name of the silvery-green hue as seen on a slew of Chevrolet Volt marketing material for what seems like the last decade or so. So, um, what does Viridian Joule mean? We'll let the winner himself, 40-year-old David Thomas of Sanford, Florida, ...

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    VIDEO: Chevrolet to announce Volt color contest winner today
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    The naming contest that Chevrolet has been running for the Volt's new signature silver-green color for the last several weeks officially comes to a close today in Los Angeles with the announcement of the winner during a live webcast. The three finalists – with the names EV-ergreen, environMINT and Viridian Joule – have been brought out to LA ...

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    Live Video: Plug-in ready panel discussion from Los Angeles 6:30pm PST
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    At 6:30 pm PST (9:30 pm EST) this evening General Motors is hosting a panel discussion on the importance of consumer incentives in order to stimulate demand for plug-in vehicles. Andrew L. Shapiro, President & Founder of GreenOrder will be moderating the discussion that will discuss issues like HOV lane access for plug-in vehicles, tax incentives and ...

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    Cars & Coffee: Chevy shocks the crowd, brings Volt
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    General Motors shocked the crowd at Cars & Coffee this weekend by bringing out the 2011 Chevy Volt. Representatives on hand said this is the same car that will be on display at the LA Auto Show next week. They added that this is a pre-production model with a lot of development miles on it. For all that, it looked pretty good, especially given the wet ...

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    GM invites Volt fans to name first color and win a test drive!
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    Take a close look at the Chevy Volt in the photo above. We've seen it a number of times already but we've never said anything about the color. While it's predominantly silver, it does have a green (or more specifically emerald) tint in it. According to General Motors spokesman David Darovitz, this will be one of the launch colors for the Volt and, in ...

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    Geneva 2009: Opel goes Voltec, Ampera coming in late 2011
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    General Motors Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster began this morning's press conference in Geneva with an acknowledgment of the dire financial straights that the entire industry is experiencing right now. Forster also candidly admitted that GM is currently investigating all options when it comes to changing its relationship with Opel, including outside equity ...

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    Geneva 2009: Opel goes Voltec, Ampera coming in late 2011
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    General Motors Europe boss Carl-Peter Forster began this morning's press conference in Geneva with an acknowledgment of the dire financial straights that the entire industry is experiencing right now. Forster also candidly admitted that GM is currently investigating all options when it comes to changing its relationship with Opel, including outside equity ...

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    Geneva Preview: Opel/Vauxhall Ampera officially looks better than Volt
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    Holden. Chevy. Opel. Vauxhall. These are the brands that we know will get a version of the plug-in Volt. Granted, the Europeans will call it the Ampera, but under all those models will be the Voltec technology that gives the sedan a 60-km (37-mile) electric-only range and a 500-km (310-mile) total range when the gas tank is filled up. At the Geneva Motor ...

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    Geneva 2009: Ampera comes branded with Opel and Vauxhaull badges
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    Holden. Chevy. Opel. Vauxhall. These are the brands that we so far know will get a version of the plug-in Volt. Granted, the Europeans will call it the Ampera, but under all those models will be the Voltec technology that gives the sedan a 60-km (37-mile) electric-only range and a 500-km (310 mile) total range when the gas tank is filled up. At the Geneva ...

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    Opel releases official photo of new Ampera ER-EV
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    Last week, Opel staffers foolishly left the new Ampera parked outside its Russelsheim, Germany headquarters in plain view of a photographer. There were of course no real surprises in the resulting shots, sincee the Ampera is essentially a Chevy Volt with new front and rear fascias. Opel has now released the first official image of the Ampera ahead of its ...

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    First official image: Opel Ampera (with Poll!)
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    With the Geneva Motor Show set to kick off this week, the dam holding back any remaining images and info is ready to burst. Exhibit A: the Opel Ampera. We've seen it leaked on the European Registry site, teased by GM, and spied in the wild. Today, the first full, official shot has been released, and honestly we have to wonder whether GM would have been ...

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    Opel Ampera caught in the buff ahead of Geneva reveal
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    One of the many cars we'll be seeing at the Geneva Motor Show is the Opel Ampera. The Ampera is essentially nothing more than a Chevrolet Volt with a new face. The Opel grille and headlights have largely been lifted from the Flextreme concept that appeared at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. General Motors has already said it will sell both the Volt and an ...

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    Opel Ampera revealed in European registry
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    As we learned yesterday in the Viability Plan that General Motors submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department, there will be two additional versions of the Chevy Volt sold in various markets. One is a production version of the Cadillac Converj concept, and the other is this car, the Opel Ampera, that will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show next ...

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    Chicago 2009: New AUTOBOTS on display
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    In addition to the Corvette Centennial Concept, Chevrolet showed three more AUTOBOTS at the Chicago Auto Show that will make their big screen debuts in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen live action flick, along with one that we're all very familiar with. While we've seen images of the Chevy Volt on the Transformers set, this is the first ...

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    Chicago 2009: GM transforms Volt into Jolt, Beat into Skids, Trax into Mudflap
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    GM didn't see fit to invite Megan Fox to the Chicago Auto Show this week, but the General did bring what it thinks are the real stars of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen: the cars. For our purposes, the Chevy Jolt (née Volt) was the star of the new Autobot line-up, even if the interior reveals it to be most certainly not a Volt and the floppy ...

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    Chicago 2009: Goodyear and Bose help to boost Chevy Volt efficiency
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    In order for the Chevy Volt to achieve both a 40-mile electric range and the 10 year/150,000 mile battery durability target, every aspect of the car must be optimized to minimize parasitic losses. We've already seen the car's shape change allowing it to slice through the air with less resistance. Now, partners like Goodyear and Bose are stepping up to the ...

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