General Motors confirms US pricing for its radical new range-extender hybrid

Chevrolet has opened the order book on its Volt range-extender hybrid - and confirmed a price for the car: $41,000 (£26,400) minus tax credits.

The Volt will be initially available to Chevrolet customers in California, New York, Michigan, Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Washington DC, with initial deliveries due to start before the end of this year.

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GM says the $41,000 price will come down to as little as $33,500 (£21,500) once a federal income tax credit is applied - although the credit does vary between $0 and £7500 (£4500).

The firm is also to offer the car on a three-year lease scheme from $350 (£225) per month, after an initial $2500 (£1600) payment. Again, though, these figures will rise if the is not eligible for the full $7500 tax credit.

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GM claims the Volt has a range of around 340 miles, and is offering an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on its battery pack. It is also including five years of OnStar vehicle connectivity as standard.

The European version of the car, the Ampera, is not due on sale until 2012. Sources say that GM Europe is likely to keep its price under £30,000 in the UK - but not by much.

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Chevrolet Volt
The handsome Volt uses a petrol engine to charge the car's battery once it is flat

The Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range vehicle with an electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol engine, and it makes the electric car viable for the masses

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27 July 2010

It looks better than VAUXHALL's effort, and why does it appear better value too?

Peter Cavellini.

27 July 2010

The Z was something else toghether. I am referring to the little hatchbacks like the 120...

27 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Chevrolet has opened the order book on its Volt range-extender hybrid - and confirmed a price for the car: $41,000 (£26,400)[/quote]

I think the appropriate response is: ROFLMAO

Ford's brand new Explorer, a 16 foot plus SUV with a 3.5l V6 costs $29,000. Kia's lovely new Sportage costs $19,000, still a better and bigger car than the Volt. VW's brand new Jetta, a 15 foot sedan, costs from $16k, half the price of a Volt, again, a better and bigger car than the Volt. Jesus wept.

Poor old Opel, having to be lumbered with this nonsense, just when it could have used the money for some new powertrains, instead of this white elephant.

27 July 2010

This should equate to a price around £41,000 in the UK, where it should, at this price to performance make the Bugatti Veyron look like a big seller..

27 July 2010

Let's guess which senior Autocar editor will think it's the best thing since sliced bread

27 July 2010

I think this is the only car I've ever been completely bored with long before it ever turned a wheel on public roads in the hands of a paying owner.

Plus, it looks hideous and dated in a 'trying too hard to look futuristic and failing miserably' sort of way. I HATE the way they tried to make side DLO look like the concept version by painting part of the door panels black. Oh stop be before I rant.

Awful.

28 July 2010

[quote dutchmaestro]Ford's brand new Explorer, a 16 foot plus SUV with a 3.5l V6 costs $29,000.[/quote] Lumbering, blundering, clod-hopping gas-guzzler. [quote dutchmaestro]Kia's lovely new Sportage costs $19,000, still a better and bigger car than the Volt. [/quote] Bigger - maybe. Better? In what way? You've driven them both? Can we have your unexpurgated road test review? No? Oh well. [quote dutchmaestro]VW's brand new Jetta, a 15 foot sedan, costs from $16k, half the price of a Volt, again, a better and bigger car than the Volt. [/quote] A sedan with 15 feet? And you've driven this back to back with the Volt as well?

28 July 2010

[quote sierra]

Let's guess which senior Autocar editor will think it's the best thing since sliced bread

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Aye. Don't you find it amazing that a man - Mr Chas Hallett - so close to the goings-on in the car industry could have got the whole electric vehicle thing so spectacularly wrong?

It's not as if some didn't try to make him see sense, but he just dug his heels in further and banged the EV drum harder.

Kinda makes you question why someone with such a lack of perception of what to many - the patent non-economics of EVs and hybrids - was obvious from day one, got to be in such a position.

Maybe we shouldn't be too hard on the guy. The goons on Top Gear got the "the future is hydrogen (fuel cell power) and it's arrived"(2008) spectacularly wrong too, when they pompously and ludicrously told us, in Moses reading his Ten Commandments to the little people fashion, that hydrogen was thee fuel of the future and Honda's Clarity? would show how it is done. In the two years since hydrogen's gone nowhere, and the Honda as good as vanished, as gas prices fell nearly by half since 2008 as the US economy crashed. The icing on the cake is putting on sale a $40,000 plus small car, by US standards, conceived in the economic/'peak oil' boom times, to a citizenry in the US, who are teetering on full blown, 1930s-repeated depression, and can barely afford to run a secondhand Ford or Honda. Dontcha just love when actual events make these seers and 'experts' look like charlatans and clowns? I do.

28 July 2010

hydrogen is surely the future, honda are in the money.

28 July 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2][quote dutchmaestro]Ford's brand new Explorer, a 16 foot plus SUV with a 3.5l V6 costs $29,000.[/quote] Lumbering, blundering, clod-hopping gas-guzzler. [/quote]

I actually really like the new explorer. Im hoping it finds its way over here - which I think was the plan initially? It looks really nice, well priced and with a good diesel could sell well. The Kuga is way too small to be a proper practical 4x4, its more like a small family hatchback on stilts. Its time Ford offered a decent larger 4x4.

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