Although the base model will lack navigation, the 7-inch touchscreen still remains standard. Also standard is keyless access with passive locking. As drivers get close to the car the doors unlock automatically and vice-versa in the other direction.
Of the new features the Volt will get, we are excited most by the addition of Chevy MyLink. We touched on it a while back, but it is essentially the competitor to Ford's SYNC. We'll have more on that later.
* Volt Product Information
* Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starts at $39,995 before tax credit
* Expanded customer choice includes two new interior trim and exterior colors
DETROIT – Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states will begin taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car today.
The suggested retail price for the award-winning Volt will start at $39,995 (or $32,496 assuming a full federal tax credit of $7,500, which is subject to the customer's eligibility). The price includes an $850 destination freight charge but excludes tax, title and license fees. The starting price of the 2012 model is more than $1,000 below the 2011 base model.
The lower base price is possible in part because of a wider range of options and configurations that come with the expansion of Volt production for sale nationally. The 2011 model was available in just seven states and the District of Columbia.
For 2012, consumers will be able to choose from a total of seven option packages compared with only three for the 2011 model. A loaded Volt, with leather appointments, backup camera, navigation system and premium paint and wheels is priced at $46,265 including delivery ($38,765 net of full tax credit).
"We are giving consumers greater choice of content as the Volt becomes available nationwide by the end of this year," said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. "This gives us the opportunity to be more flexible in our pricing and still provide additional high-tech content to customers who want to purchase it."
The Volt will be available in two additional interior accents (white and spiced red) and two new exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic).
New features for 2012 include:
* Standard keyless access with passive locking; the car automatically locks and unlocks with the key fob in close proximity of vehicle
* OnStar Turn by Turn navigation standard for three years, and available in-dash navigation system
* Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones (late availability)
* Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display
* Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts (late availability).
Chevrolet will continue to offer an eight-year/100,000-mile* limited warranty on the Volt's 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, plus:
* Three-year/36,000-mile* bumper-to-bumper coverage
* Five-year/100,000-mile* roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
* Five-year/100,000-mile* limited gas engine coverage
* Six-year/100,000-mile* corrosion protection coverage.
Customers in all states can visit their nearest participating Chevrolet Volt dealer today to order a 2012 Volt. Once an order is placed, a dedicated Volt advisor will be available to answer questions and keep the customer apprised of the order progress. Nationwide availability will initially be limited as deliveries will occur by phases. Additionally, Chevrolet will have a team of Volt advisors available to answer questions starting today at 1-888-VOLT-4-YOU (1-888-865-8496).
The Volt offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full change. Chevrolet expects to build up to 45,000 Volts for retail and fleet customers in the United States during calendar year 2012.
Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 120 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Volt. Cruze Eco offers EPA-est. 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of gas-powered extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com
*Whichever comes first. See dealer for details.