TTAC Photochop: Chevrolet Volt

Andrei Avarvarii
by Andrei Avarvarii

And here it is [maybe]: Chevrolet's plug-in electric – gas hybrid Volt. Weʼve admired (more or less) the widely-touted concept and glimpsed the camouflaged 1/3 model. Iʼve photchopped my personal guess for the finished model, based on Bob Lutz' contention that the production version will still be recognizable as the Volt. The small cabin silhouette is clearly not making it into production (as we've seen on the scale model). However, the doors' transparent upper sides are a Volt-specific design element; I think they could make it out of concept stage to act as a visual trade-mark. They're not all that useful, but they give the Volt a suitably high-tech appearance. Some mechanical components like the door-locking mechanism or the window crane could be seen through that glass; eye candy for kids and first-time car-thieves. I kept the glass-roof, but I doubt it will be standard equipment. Some high-tech lights (but not as fancy as those seen on the concept) should differentiate the Volt from the rest of the Chevys. The result isn't beautiful, but then, neither is the Toyota Prius.

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  • Faster_than_rabbit Faster_than_rabbit on Aug 08, 2008

    I agree with RedBarchetta's comments (from a better vanished time) about the grille. I also doubt the glass detail will make it -- they'll never be able to manufacture it cheaply enough -- cost, NVH, and security. No matter how much the feds kick in, the car will already be well out of reach pricewise for anyone who might be willing to buy a high tech car from the bowtie folks. If they can't do the glass, they shouldn't fake it with glued-on black or carbon fiber gimmickry, because, no matter what materials were used, it would look like glued-on plastic crap from a distance. Simpler is better -- remember all the plastic accretions Pontiac bodies accumulated prior to Lutz? I too fail to understand the anti-Prius comments. The Prius exterior is a work of art. It's an purposeful anime car with perfect lines and the most distinctive, evocative (of high tech) rear end on the road. GM would be lucky to have a car with such well-integrated exterior design.

  • Westhighgoalie Westhighgoalie on Aug 08, 2008

    Who ever said the Prius looks "great" has been smoking way too much lithium-ion battery waste!

  • Daryn Daryn on Aug 08, 2008

    I would guess the front end would be more Malibu and less Cobalt that it appears here, otherwise nice photoshopping.

  • Capeplates Capeplates on Aug 10, 2008

    Looks like they have taken notice of european/japanese designers.