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2011 Chevrolet Volt Price, Review, Picture

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2011 Chevrolet Volt Price, Review, PictureNew Car Reviews, Unveiled as a handsome concept in 2007, the production Chevrolet Volt is more rounded and aerodynamic, but is also more amorphous. Chevy says the car has no competitors, though it will be compared with hybrids and pure electrics. Expect very limited volume for a few years, at a $41,000 price (or $33,500 less $7,500 in tax rebates), to serve mostly as a showroom-builder for the new Cruze.

The most anticipated vehicle in recent years is not a pure hybrid or electric variation; it’s a Chevy Volt extended range electric offering. The Volt has a 1.4 Liter four-cylinder engine and the aspirated engine, also in the Chevy Cruze, charges the battery made of lithium ion. The Volt’s battery is a 16 kilowatt t-shaped offering, and it is the same battery used to power a Mac or PC.

In average driving conditions, the Volt conquers forty miles on a single battery charge and without the use of gas. When the battery is diminished, the Volt converts over to the 1.4 Liter engine, but the motor doesn’t power the wheels. It delivers more power to the battery pack so the included generator can be powered. Any station selling E85 ethanol or regular fuel is a good location to refuel the Volt. The Volt has a Delta Global Compact platform. Akin to the Cruze sedan, it has a 105.7 inch wheelbase. The Volt’s body, when compared to the Cruze, is four inches shorter. It’s offered in a hatchback four passenger configuration too.

Thanks to the familiar grille and taillamps, Volt is unmistakably a Chevrolet. At just 56.3-inches tall, it’s also lower than many modern family sedans. With its smoothed edges, the design values aerodynamics over all. The interior reflects the high-tech values of the car, with a Mac-inspired brushed chrome center stack and blue-green ambient lighting in the door panels. Expect base to premium trim packages, likely LS, LT and LTZ.

Chevy promises sporty handling and good straight-line performance. It rates the powertrain at 150 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Suspension is MacPherson struts front, compound twist axle rear. Brakes are four-wheel disc and fully regenerative. Chevy claims operation costs one-sixth the cost of a conventional 30-mpg car. Chevrolet has not yet released the Volt’s list of safety features. Expect similar equipment to the Cruze, with 10 airbags, including front, side curtain bags and knee bags, plus StabiliTrak, traction control and anti-lock brakes.

Bodystyle: Four-door hatchback
Motor/Engine: 1.4L I-4, 16 kWh Li-Ion battery pack
Transmission: Single reduction ratio
Models: N/A

Price : $40,280

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