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Nearly Full Details and Specs for 2016 Volt Released by Chevy

2016_Chevrolet_Volt_NAIAS_2015_trimmedGeneral Motors has just released the full details for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. These are inclusive of the main equipment, specifications, and upgrades. The car’s price range is the only detail missing. All this information was listed by GM in an ordering guideline of 25 pages that is available online. However, the automaker is currently not accepting orders for the Volt. The 2016 Volt is characterized by two trim levels. The 2LT Hatchback, has been used as the base model and has fewer trim options and colors. The basic Volt is far from meager irrespective of the fact that it does not include perks such as automatic parking assist and wireless charging for devices.

Much of the Volt has been upgraded and Chevrolet decided to make this move so the hatchback could be positioned as a premium vehicle. The standard equipment for the vehicle includes two additional airbags and a Wi-Fi Hotspot. The base model also has a rear vision camera, which is an upgrade on 2015 Volt. A new standard for the 2016 is the Regen on Demand, which allows drivers to have more capacity to control energy regeneration. This is done using a paddle-style switch that is fixed on the car’s steering wheel. There is a new feature on the charging system, which is connected to the vehicle’s GPS to allow smarter charging. The feature will give car owners the freedom of setting their charging preferences solely for charging their vehicles at home. The vehicle would then adjust automatically to the setting chosen when at home on the basis of GPS data. With the new Volt, car owners will charge their cars in public easily and the charging flexibility will be greater.

The upgraded 2LZ trim also has a set of eight Bose speakers for premium sound in addition to wireless charging and automatic parking assist. The comfort package comprises of a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors and heated front seats. The blind zone alert, automatic high beam headlights, forward collision alert and a sensor are other driver assist features that can be added to the upgraded Chevrolet Volt.

According to the specifications sheet, there has been an all round increment increase on the new Volt, with the wheelbase increasing by almost half an inch, the sides increasing by 0.8 inches and the length increasing by 3.3 inches. However, these additional inches do not reflect on the inside to give more passenger space. In terms of weight, the new Volt will be lighter by 243 pounds and have a 3, 543 pounds curb weight.

 

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Chevrolet Unveils the Bolt EV as its New Electric Car

Chevrolet_Bolt_Concept_(front)_NAIAS_2015General Motors Company recently made an announcement concerning its new pure electric vehicle that will boast a range of more than 200 miles. The new car will be marketed across the U.S and will be referred to as Bolt EV. According to an emailed statement by the company, the name Bolt EV has quickly been linked to Chevrolet since being unveiled three months ago. Therefore, when the vehicle goes into production, the name will be used. By unveiling the Bolt EV, Chevrolet has shown its commitment and strides towards electrification. The name is also well suited for this electric vehicle that is game-changing and made for attainability rather than exclusivity. Criticisms had been raised with respect to the name being closely related to Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid car by Chevy.

The Bolt concept was first shown by GM at the Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January and at the Chicago Auto Show a month later. In Chicago, GM made a confirmation of building a five-passenger car in Orion Township at the carmaker’s Orion Assembly plant. According to Michael Albano, Chevrolet spokesman, the final decision to use the name Bolt EV was made by GM about a month ago. In an email, Albano said that the confirmation was reached following consultation with dealers and customers. Most of the customers felt that the name was suitable and its connection to the Volt was viewed positively. Alan Batey, the GM present in North America said in February that the automaker was still debating on whether to or not to go with the name Bolt. He further added that GM may not come up with the decision this year. This is because some people claimed that the name was confusing.

GM and Chevrolet officials have not yet given the exact production date for the vehicle. The only information given is that the vehicle is on “fast track production.” An industry forecasting and analysis firm, LMC Automotive, projects the Bolt to be built later next year and enter the market in 2017. GM produces a high of 20,000 and a low of 30,000 vehicles on an annual basis. The new Bolt will serve as a replacement for the Chevy Spark EV and will have double the range. It has been estimated to cost around 30,000 dollars following a federal tax credit of 7,500 dollars. According to GM, 160-million dollars will be invested in purchasing the equipment and tools needed for manufacturing the future vehicles.

 

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