One of the big things that I was disappointed with was the concept to production design. I wasn't drastically disappointed. But I did feel that it lost it's uniqueness.
Is uniqueness important? Yes and No...
Honestly, no it's not necessary. But, yes, it is nice! I am probably more justified than most in being able to say this. You see I own a Prius...but wait, my Prius does not look distinguished. In fact, no even notices that I own a Prius. You see, my Prius is a 1st gen model and looks more like a Toyota Echo than what people associate with the Prius.
When I looked at the production design. I thought it was nice and all. But I felt it was missing a signature. I have an idea that I think would give the Chevy Volt a signature and distinctive look with minimal effect to the design.
One of the really neat design elements of the concept car was the front of the roof design. It formed a "U". I suggest that GM consider a last minute design change.
Instead of having the front side beams colored like the vehicle. Make them black. Make the front of the roof area match in color.
Just like it was done in the concept car...
I think this would give a distinctive look to the Volt. Furthermore, it'd make for a great marketing campaign. As the U could look like a smile. And with a little video work make for a great add.
Film the Volt headed straight for the camera, as it approaches, elevate to a more aerial camera angle until your filming straight down. As the Volt passes underneath you'd see the U of it's distinctive roof design.
It'd give the impression of a happy car...
Here this it actually shows the styling I am talking about. With the U roof design. I think they should go back to this version. It makes it a LOT cooler and more distinctive.
You have a point, but I also like the smooth, unbroken tinted-glass look that the production Volt seems to have.
It seems the top is structural, not glass, but it looks good when the inside is dark.
Black solar panels on the top would be nice. Otherwise, I don't really care about "the look" - I'm more worried about "the feel". Driving performance, all electric commutes and weekend errands, a good 50 mpg series-hybrid for longer trips: that's all I ask.