Firm is hard at work on the second-gen Volt in oder to bring the costs down to mainstream rivals

Chevrolet is already working on reducing the productions costs of its second-generation Volt to bring its list price in line with more mainstream rivals.

The company will place particular focus on the Austrian-built 1.4-litre petrol engine to keep costs down.

Chevrolet's work could in fact see the current engine be axed from the line-up altogether, in favour of a more sophisticated and frugal version.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Chevrolet Volt

The current Volt will cost $41,000 (£26,000) in the US, although final UK pricing has yet to be revealed. Previous estimates have suggested the car will come in at just under £30,000 - but not by much.

The first production versions of the first-generation Volt are currently being built in Detroit.

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25 November 2010

So what are they trying to say, 'The present Volt is overpriced and not good enough!!',

Dont understand what exactly they were developing for so long.

25 November 2010

More frugal and sophisticated sounds like more expensive to me? Sounds like they are looking at a more powerful engine that they can get off the shelf like a GM 1.6 or 1.8 petrol.

What makes the current 1.4 so expensive?

25 November 2010

[quote shortbread]

So what are they trying to say, 'The present Volt is overpriced and not good enough!!',

[/quote]

So what you're saying is that you don't want an improvement in price or quality...? Car development goes on all the time - have you ever been on this website before?

25 November 2010

@ Straff,

The hype and expectation that GM created about this car during their bankruptcy period, one was expected to see the future of green transportation. Instead after years of development they come up with a car that does not excel in any major department other than the fact that if you shell out twice more than a similar car you will end up with something thats slightly more fuel efficient.

If they think they couldve improved on the car and its price even before its been really launched why sign this off for production in the first place.

Yes Ive been to this website before, why you taking a poll??!!

25 November 2010

[quote shortbread]The hype and expectation that GM created about this car during their bankruptcy period, one was expected to see the future of green transportation.[/quote]

It is the future of green transportation, in the near term anyway. Why do you think almost every manufacturer has an EREV in development?

[quote shortbread]Instead after years of development they come up with a car that does not excel in any major department other than the fact that if you shell out twice more than a similar car you will end up with something thats slightly more fuel efficient.[/quote]

Really; most automotive websites agree that the tech is game changing; a few have given the Volt car of the year, green car of the year based on the tech. The car is not ideal for everyone, but if you have driving habits like this fellow the fuel savings can be very good indeed...

Chevrolet Volt Driving Log

[quote shortbread]If they think they couldve improved on the car and its price even before its been really launched why sign this off for production in the first place.[/quote]

Because they had off the shelf components that weren't ideal but could work in the compressed development time. The Volt is not just another car, it has quite a bit of computing going on to optimize the system and that takes time to get right. They will sell every Volt they make, even with the high production cost; early adopters expect this and want the car any way. As long as they keep improving the car and lowering the cost I don't see a problem.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

25 November 2010

GM should have seen it from the start, at least I did.

Nicer looking, better built, with proven technology electric and hybrid cars from other manufacturers has been out in the market for much less. It has taken GM way too long with too much hype to bring the Volt to the market, while other car makers have quietly brought out much better eco cars.

To add more injury, Tesla will be introducing their very sexy looking S model (an electric sedan) which is much more luxurous, more technology and better performance starting at $50,000, which seems like a steal compared to the inferior Volt.

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