Volt variant is on the horizon
Justin Berkowitz - CARANDDRIVER
- December 14, 2010
Will there be a "shocking" surprise at NAIAS 11? --Ed.
General Motors has just begun shipping Chevrolet Volts to dealers from the Hamtramck factory in Detroit, and the firm estimates that it could sell more than 10 times the number of Volts it’s able to build in 2011. That’s not stopping the product planners from looking to the next phase of the company’s range-extended EV platform, though. It looks like the General is planning a five-passenger small crossover or MPV on the Volt’s architecture, which may be called the Chevy Amp and could debut at the Detroit auto show in January.
It’s a bit of an open secret that GM has been considering a five-door, five-passenger variant of the Volt. The company even showed the Volt MPV5 concept at the Beijing auto show in April, and has been very clear that, for economic reasons, it needs more vehicles using the Volt’s electric-drive system. A few weeks ago, GM’s European chief told a publication on the Continent that Opel is hoping to expand its Volt-underpinned products to include a five-passenger crossover and a more conventionally shaped five-door hatchback (instead of the Volt’s sedan-like silhouette).... [Read More]