Nearly all is reported as better in this area the first plug-in car to go through a complete redesign, and most reviews accentuated the positive while a couple critiqued it as a bit of a disappointment, and another said GM better market the car effectively this time around.
Already known to readers of this site, Chevrolet under-promised and over-delivered the all-vital electric range to an official 53 miles from its 18.4-kwh battery, edging out an initially advertised 50.
“Pouring conservatively (but not hypermiling) over mostly flat ground -– one pass was 1,808 feet high –- we managed 54 miles before the gasoline engine kicked in,” wrote Autoweek. “On the next ‘tankful’ of battery we got 61.5 miles in EV mode, but that was downhill for most of the first 10 miles, so maybe saying 51 miles would be more accurate there.”
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Of course the new Volt is also touted as more sporty, estimated to run
“The extra torque of the electric drivetrain and 200 pounds less weight show up in slightly quicker performance, aided some a slightly more aggressive throttle tuning to give up more power when demanded,” wrote Green Car Reports. “And the regen-on demand braking controlled by the paddle behind the steering wheel lets the driver dial up the degree of regeneration without having to touch the brake pedal.”
Autoweek added the Volt beats the Prius in the handling department, although Toyota will be releasing an updated 2016 Prius itself touted as more sporty later this year.
“It’s certainly more fun to drive than any of the Prii and even
With its new 1.5-liter Ecotec engine, noise, vibration, and harshness in gas-powered operation are reported as less than for the first-gen cars 1.4-liter.
And, while Automobile had named the 2011 Volt its “Automobile of the Year,” it mentioned “glaring rough edges: a center stack blighted with irregularly arranged and fussy capacitive-touch reins … an overly firm ride, conservative styling, squishy, hard-to-modulate regenerative brakes.”
“Clearly, the Volt team paid lots of attention to customer
As for the brakes, vehicle chief engineer Andrew Farah said the new Volt’s binders are better too.
“We washed-out a lot of time on feel,” he said. “I didn’t want that ‘regen’ artificiality when you step on the pedal.”
And, Automobile agreed.
“The new Volt’s binders feel nearly square. It’s simple to modulate them for charming stops, and they’re strong and reassuring underfoot. Huge thumbs-up”
Styling-wise, most reviewers found the new Volt simple on the eyes.
“There’s a decidedly Town-like arc to the body now,” continued Automobile. “The hood has a lean “windswept” design, while
For its part, Chevrolet has said the new car was inspired by endurance athletes, and flowing sands.
Surrounded by, reviewers liked the larger 8-inch touch screen, layout, and functionality.
Green Car Reports wondered whether the headlight switch would be operable;e with heavy winter gloves, for whom this may concern.
The new Volt is also the first GM car to receive Apple CarPlay.
Accessible through the Volt’s Settings menu, CarPlay allows iPhones with Lightning connectors to access Siri: Eyes Free
Critiques were few, but included in these were references to how the previous Volt sold, versus what the expectations re now going forward.
Most gracious of all was Green Car Reports,
“Marketing for the first-generation Volt was inconsistent, fundamentally focused on gas mileage, and generally sporadic at best,” wrote Green Car Reports. “If it hopes to keep the Volt at the top of the plug-in sales chart as its 200-mile, $37,500 Chevy Bolt EV electric car looms, GM had better do some smart, thoughtful, memorable, and effective marketing.
If others played excellent cop, perhaps Wired played terrible cop – or whatever it did, its title and tale focused
“Chevy’s New Volt is Way Better, But Maybe Not Excellent Enough,” reads the headline.
THE CHEVY VOLT was supposed to be historic. It would be the first affordable and practical electric car, with an internal combustion engine tucked in to wipe away fears of in succession out of battery power miles from home.
Developed amidst the turmoil of General Motors’ bankruptcy and bailout, it would signal the automaker could still start innovative, vital products. It would save GM’s reputation, if not its bottom line.
Not so much. When it hit the market in 2010, sales were disappointing. Its engine required premium fuel. It had room for just four public. It cost $41,000. It could only go
More criticism is levied as the tale goes, despite the writer netting 54.9 miles all-electric range on the drive.
The car is pleasant to drive, but hardly a blast. The “regen on demand” paddle on the steering wheel is a clean trick, allowing you to brake with your fingers and send all the recovered energy back into the battery.
It’s quicker than the outgoing car, with a 0 to 30 mph time of 2.6 seconds and the skill to get to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. That’s less impressive when you remember Tesla’s using batteries
The media drive will be repeated Oct. 1, and a 3-hour time slot is reserved for many more media outlets to check out the Volt. A GM media rep clarified the Julyt drive had only six cars, so very few were invited.
As for critiques, the notion that Chevrolet has not marketed the car aggressively is not new.
Rawvehicle.com may have been one of the first to report in January 2014 Chevrolet’s disclosure the Volt was treated like a niche vehicle “just like Corvette.”
The 2016’s presently ongoing roll-out additional is already repeating a pattern from 2011 – California is first in line, then 10 states that follow California clean air rules, and the rest of the country can peacefulness in October.
The positive side of a slow roll-out schedule is if there are any initial teething problems, Chevrolet will have fewer cars to handle.
Critics but have been vocal that Chevrolet has a puffed up green halo. It must improve its fleet average score as federal regulations continue, goes the criticism, and it is paying attention to the states where these are the largest concern
California itself is the only state GM advertised the present Volt, and most of Volt’s customers reside there.
As it is, there is nothing in the Volt’s class at all.
The extended-range electric car now gets more than double the electric range of the next-highest rated plug-in hybrid.
With the gas engine backup, it offers no “range anxiety” and over 400 miles total range, an advantage over many sub-100-mile EVs
The Volt also is a DNA donor to the Malibu Hybrid, and GM has carried Volt forward fundamentally meeting requests of Volt owners, and to position itself to make more Volt-based electrified vehicles at will.
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