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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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    Chevy Volt ad 'Silent Anthem' brings back friendly deer, robot dogs
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    With a great soundtrack – Patty Griffin's Heavenly Day – Chevy is once again using robot dogs and real deer to tell us how eco-friendly the Volt is. The new Volt commercial, called "Silent Anthem," is basically an expanded version of the Volt's snippets from the Find New Roads commercial from February, but this time we see how wind power is ...

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    Next-gen Chevy Volt could be $10,000 cheaper
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    A sub-$30,000 Chevrolet Volt? General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says that could be in the making within a year, Car and Driver reports. Akerson, speaking recently at a green-technology conference in California, said the company may be able to shave as much as $10,000 off the sticker price of the next-generation version of the extended-range plug-in. He also ...

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    LG Chem's Michigan battery plant starting production in July, will deliver Chevy Volt batteries by end of summer
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    It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the first batteries rolling off the factory's three assembly ...

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    Nissan Leaf has second-best sales month, Chevy Volt declines again, slightly
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    Starting production of the all-electric Leaf in Tennessee helped Nissan sell more Leafs in the US in March 2013 than in any other month. April wasn't quite as sunny, but the 1,937 Leafs sold last month were still good enough for second place. Ever. It also represents a 423.5 percent year-over-year increase and Nissan says that, so far in 2013, Leaf sales ...

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    Bob Lutz: GM deserved federal money, but Fisker, well, who knows?
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    Two days after a Congressional hearing about a US Department of Energy loan to Fisker Automotive, Bob Lutz wrote a column pondering what should be done to stop the financial hemorrhaging at the company that builds – well, used to build – the Karma extended-range sports car. When Lutz was vice chairman at General Motors, a federal bailout kept ...

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    Emperor Bob Lutz doesn't disappoint in SAE World Congress keynote
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    Sometimes, a little suggestion goes a long, long way. Speaking at the SAE World Congress in Detroit today, Bob Lutz took a proposal from the conference organizers to frame his speech around the idea that he was king of the auto industry for a week and ran with it. He said he'd need to rule over the entire US to get his ideas enacted, oh, and be an ...

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    Sarah Palin calls Tesla a 'loser,' which 'wounds' CEO Elon Musk
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    Wasn't it the 2012 presidential race that featured Republican candidates disparaging electric vehicle companies? Well, yes, but that doesn't mean the 2008 vice presidential candidate (and Ex-Alaska governor) Sarah Palin can't do the same. In a Facebook post that bashed subsidies for advanced-powertrain vehicles like the Fisker Karma and Chevrolet Volt, ...

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    2014 Chevy Volt available in two new colors, Brownstone Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic
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    General Motors is adding two rather businesslike color choices for potential buyers of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in: Brownstone Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic. Chevy will offer the two new colors on the 2014 model-year Volt, which folks can start ordering next month. The addition brings Volt's color total to nine, including Black, Crystal ...

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    Chevy Volt fleet racks up 150 million electric-powered miles
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    Chevrolet says those on-board gas-powered generators in the Volt extended-range plug-ins are getting kind of lonely. The General Motors division estimates that Volt owners have collectively passed the 150-million-mile point when it comes to driving on electric power. That's roughly the distance from Earth to Mars (provided that the Volts could fly) or, ...

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    Nissan Leaf has best sales month ever with 2,236, Chevy Volt steady at 1,478
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    It's been a slow couple months for the Nissan Leaf, with sales hovering around 650 for each of the first two months of the year. Throughout the slowdown (late last year, monthly sales totals were closer to 1,500), Nissan representatives kept saying there was no need to worry, that once production got rolling in Tennessee, sales would climb back up. But ...

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    Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR could get downsized three-cylinder range extender
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    Three may be the magic number for General Motors and its effort to cut both fuel use and weight in its next-generation extended-range plug-ins, both the new Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. GM, along with its China-based vehicle-development partners, may build a three-cylinder gas-powered range extender for the two plug-ins, Edmunds says, citing industry ...

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    GM VC not happy with Europe's response to plug-in vehicles
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    General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has had it up to his eyeballs with Europe. It's one thing to attempt to bail out GM's Opel subsidiary in the beleaguered European auto market. It's another to market the Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid to such tepid response. "All the governments in Europe said, 'We want EVs, we want EVs.' We show up with one, and ...

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    Q&A: Larry Nitz says GM "committed to electrification as a long-term journey"
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    Anyone who still doesn't believe that General Motors is serious about advanced technology in general, and vehicle electrification in particular, hasn't yet learned that post-bankruptcy GM is a very different company run by different people with a different set of priorities, most of which we would all applaud. One clear sign of this was the company's ...

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    Chevy Volt's UK doppelgänger to be tested as an ambulance
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    We still can't figure out where those wacky British will fit the gurney, but we'll let that go as we report that the UK version of the Chevrolet Volt will be tested as an ambulance across the pond. A Vauxhall Ampera, which, along with the Volt extended-range plug-in, was named the 2012 European Car of the Year last March, will be added to the Yorkshire ...

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    GM CEO Akerson confirms 200-mile EV in the works, says death of the V8 "greatly exaggerated"
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    General Motors isn't talking about how far the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV can go before it needs a charge, but par for the course for today's electric vehicles i2 around 70-100 miles. GM CEO Dan Akerson today confirmed that the company is working on a 200-mile EV (perhaps a Spark, perhaps not) during a speech at the IHS Ceraweek conference in Houston. ...

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    February 2013 Leaf vs. Volt sales flash report: bouncing up, slightly, edition
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    The plug-in vehicle field is getting more and more crowded, but the two long-timers remain barometers for how electric vehicles are being accepted in the US. Last month, the Chevrolet Volt was up and the Nissan Leaf held steady. Let's get to the numbers. The Volt continued to bounce up and down, with February's numbers – 1,626 sales – on the ...

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    GM planning on 20% increase in plug-in hybrid production in 2013
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    Before the Chevrolet Volt launched in late 2010, General Motors representatives were boldly talking about some big production numbers, like 60,000 or 45,000 Volts a year. It's been a rocky road since then, and the reality was more subdued. The General sold 7,671 Volts in 2011 and 23,461 in 2012. When you add in the rebadged Opel Ampera, GM made and sold ...

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    DOE confirms LG Chem battery plant workers were paid not to make Chevy Volt batteries
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    Remember the story last fall about workers at battery maker LG Chem's Holland, MI-based plant who were sitting idle? Well, the feds have investigated and the news isn't good. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released an audit earlier this month (PDF) that revealed that not a single production lithium-ion battery has been built at the plant and employees ...

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    Cadillac ELR meets snow and ice in northern Michigan winter testing
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    Right after being displayed and winning an award at the cozy confines of the Detroit Auto Show, the Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid went into the snow for some real-world extreme driving conditions. Cadillac engineers recently completed chassis testing on pre-production ELR models, evaluating the car's handling in winter weather conditions. GM's goal is to ...

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    Video: C7 Corvette makes inaugural ad appearance in Chevy's first spot with new slogan
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    Chevrolet's "Runs Deep" tagline has finally been run into the ground, replaced with the Bowtie brand's "Find New Roads" slogan that's part of parent General Motors' plan to unify its everyday brand's marketing efforts worldwide. The new Chevrolet campaign was ushered in on prime time last night during the Grammy Awards on CBS, and the first spot, a ...

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