Cheers! Now everyone knows the name - GM's plug in hybrid concept is the Chevy Volt

It's no secret there are secrets in the automotive industry. Those of us who write about cars and deal with automakers are sometimes given embargoes - we get the information about a product or a new car, but we're not allowed to divulge that information until a certain time in the future. This sort of stuff happens all the time with new car models and the time before large car shows are especially embargo-heavy.

So, we're sitting on a few posts that we can't show you just yet (soon, soon), but I can tell you this: GM's new plug-in hybrid is called the Chevrolet Volt. Why can I say this already? Because the New York Times spilled the beans. They're keeping most of the information under wraps - as requested by GM - but the name is loose. The automakers realize that once one news source breaks the embargo, then others cannot be punished for following suit - this is an industry where getting the information out quickly is important after all - so we're in the clear for discussing the Chevy Volt now.

Here's what the Times says (the article is dated tomorrow, so "today" means Sunday):
Today, more than a century later, General Motors will unveil an electric concept car, the Chevrolet Volt, which has created the most buzz in advance of the show. G.M. says the Volt, a plug-in hybrid, could deliver the equivalent of 150 miles a gallon. The Volt thus promises - at least in theory, given that it could not be produced without a leap in battery technology - three times the mileage of a Toyota Prius."

Check back later tonight as all the embargoes lift and we can freely post about the Chevy Volt and other new models. Exciting times, no?

[Source: New York Times]

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