Those of you who read yesterday’s story probably noticed the 2014 Volts will be arriving in dealers this month.
Actually they have been on their way, but GM’s rep told me she questioned whether it was even newsworthy, and did not share what date they began shipping.
Aside from that, a story is circulating that the range extender for gen 2 may be a three cylinder small displacement turbo, but we’ll have more on that shortly …
With a revised sticker price starting at $34,995 – $5,000 less than last year – Chevrolet is now trucking 2014 Volts to respective participating dealers around the U.S.
Yesterday Chevrolet Communications spokesperson Michelle Malcho confirmed the launch began earlier this month, and said it depends upon the dealership as to timing of their arrival.
Talk had been of the car being released a couple months sooner, but that decision was pushed off following plenty of inventory still left over and a discount program for $4,000 for 2013s and $5,000 for 2012s.
On Tuesday Chevrolet of Canada also gave official confirmation that a Canadian $5,000 cut from the Canadian Volt price would also be offered.
Spec-wise, there is nary a difference between 2013 and 2014. The car has been highly awarded as an extended range electric vehicle; the recipient of top owner satisfaction ratings.
It is loosely cross shopped with the all-electric Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion Energi among others, but given its 38 miles EPA-rated all-electric range with gas back-up, there is no head-to-head competitor to the Volt.
More gen 2 rumblings
A general story on GMC and Chevy model changes by Automotive News last month was the source of suggestions that the next-gen Volt will come in “late 2015 probably as a 2016” and it will be sporting a downsized ICE.
“GM probably will downsize the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine to improve its efficiency in range-extension mode. Possibilities include a 1.0-liter or 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine,” said AN
Motor Trend went a little further and specified an all-aluminum 1.0-liter turbo Opel engine.
Automotive News also noted that other “media reports” have said that the Volt could get a “dedicated lightweight platform.”
One blog source that only read half of this reported that Automotive News had suggested a new proprietary Volt platform could be pending.
“New engines aren’t the only change Automotive News thinks is coming to the Volt – a bespoke, lightweight platform will underpin the second-generation model,” inaccurately said a source that will remain unnamed. “The hybrid currently shares its bones with the Chevy Cruze and Buick Verano, but a dedicated platform could help the Volt hit its future fuel economy targets.”
Actually, the source not named should have read AN’s second sentence following not what AN “thinks” but what it had said “media reports” other than itself have said.
“Cost constraints make that [proprietary Volt platform] unlikely; expect it to remain on the same platform as the Cruze and Buick Verano, the enhanced Delta architecture” said AN. “But the platform likely will be modified to maximize weight savings and wring out more electric range.”
So you see? You have to watch what you read, or as the famous saying goes, “I saw it on the Internet.”
(Not that we’re all usually that sloppy …)
Beyond this latest bit about the engine and platform, we’ve previously heard GM is looking to cut at least $10,000 from production costs and Dan Akerson nebulously said he would want “50-60” miles AER.
Many of you have already said you’re satisfied with gen 1 but will others want to hold out?
Given consumers’ natural tendency to avoid first-generation technology, and so much theoretically pending, will many wait? Late 2015 is still more than two years away.
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