Volt Birth Watch 87: It's Official

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  • Alex Nigro Alex Nigro on Sep 17, 2008

    Hey, as a member of the Sega generation, a video game interior is a selling point to me...

  • TriShield TriShield on Sep 17, 2008

    Ingvar, perhaps we're reading two different articles but what you posted doesn't imply from GM that the Volt will save the company. It does say that it has the potential to make GM a technology leader in this area which I agree with if they pull off the range they are going for with the car. I'm certainly not going to tear it down before GM delivers it and we see how it performs for ourselves. I give them credit for going through with this car. If it the range is delivered it could have major ramifications on the automobile and the Volt's grandchildren could end up being pretty common if GM survives that long. I like what I see so far. Kudos to the team and I hope for their sake (as well as ours) that they can pull the car's range off.

  • Ingvar Ingvar on Sep 17, 2008
    "Ingvar, perhaps we’re reading two different articles but what you posted doesn’t imply from GM that the Volt will save the company. " Well, apparently not. But I can translate it for you: "Robert Lutz, (...)is placing a large bet on the Chevrolet Volt" "Lutz even calls the Volt GM’s “moon shot” in a reference to a once-in-a-lifetime NASA goal to place a man on the moon in the 1960s." "GM has a once-in-a-product-cycle chance to get a mass-produced, well-liked electric vehicle into dealer showrooms before any other global auto manufacturer." "Lutz, (...) seems certain that GM can outfox Toyota Motor Corp." "...the Volt has the potential to place GM on top of the auto world again." In my world, that translates into "Volt will save GM:s ass".

  • Jeff in Canada Jeff in Canada on Sep 17, 2008

    Overall, I like the styling, but I am still holding my judgments for when this car is seen in the flesh on the showroom floor. One point that worries me. The touch-sensitive 'buttons' on the center stack, this poses the same problem as touchscreen nav units. You have to take your eyes off the road to find the button. Without any tactile sensation from one button to the next, this is a major ergonomic and safety factor. I do hope real buttons find their way to the production vehicle. Love the LCD gauge cluster though, I think this is the way all cars will go in the next few years. The resolution is high enough now that it won't strain the eyes, but I wonder how an LCD will perform under direct sunlight, compared to a traditional gauge. It needs to be deeply recessed to hide it from reflections, etc.