Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

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    Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    2016 Chevrolet Volt – Driven
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    The first-generation Volt came thundering into Chevrolet dealerships for the 2011 model year. Not only was it an all-new model for Chevy that competed with hybrid stalwarts like the Toyota Prius, the Volt helped carry GM through the desperate rough patch of 2008 and 2009. GM executives already had the Volt on the books at the time, and were able to convince the right people in Washington to extend a helping hand. Those loans, or what everybody called the GM bailout, helped the struggling automaker get back on its feet.

    Fast forward to the 2016 model year, and Chevy has an all-new Volt rolling off the assembly line. Not one part number carries over to the new car, making it a ground-up re-think of the range-extended electric vehicle. New, bolder looks with a more conventional yet modern interior pushes the Volt into the mainstream while keeping its standout qualities. It might not be the prettiest thing on four wheels, but it looks better than its predecessor.

    Looks aside, the 2016 Volt has a slew of upgrades, namely with the powertrain. An all-new 1.5-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection, an Atkinson combustion cycle, and an aluminum design to increase efficiency and cut weight. A larger battery pack now offers a longer range, with the total gasoline-electric range pegged at 420 miles – a marked improvement from the first-gen’s 379-mile range.

    What’s more, GM has made the Volt more accessible. Its base MSRP drops by roughly $1,000 to $33,170. Federal tax credits can drop the price another $7,500, making the Volt as inexpensive as $25,670.

    So what’s the Volt like to live with? Well keep reading for the full run-down
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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    the Volt helped carry GM through the desperate rough patch of 2008 and 2009.

    How did it do that?
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    How did it do that?
    Developing the Volt helped GM secure the bailout.

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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    Developing the Volt helped GM secure the bailout.
    Is that really true? The biggest mention of the Volt in that time period was that people would be against the bailout because the government was making GM develop the Volt. At least that is what I recall. I personally don't think it made a difference. The biggest fear was the massive job losses from GM, Chrysler, and all the suppliers.

    Overall a really positive review. I would really like to have one of these. I'm still thinking of buying a used Volt someday. The 2011-2012 models are getting very affordable. I should buy one while gas prices are still low. It would be a nearly perfect car for my wife. She does lots of short trips, is home on and off each day, and would love having a hatch. She currently drives our wagon and loves the big rear opening and hates trunks.
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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    Not the greatest review...
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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    Looks aside, the 2016 Volt has a slew of upgrades, namely with the powertrain. An all-new 1.5-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection, an Atkinson combustion cycle, and an aluminum design to increase efficiency and cut weight. A larger battery pack now offers a longer range, with the total gasoline-electric range pegged at 420 miles – a marked improvement from the first-gen’s 379-mile range.
    "Powertrain" the writer must be talking about the "Propulsion System"?


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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    My take; since I recently had the opportunity to test one out................

    Overall it is an all around better car than the Gen I, and wouldn't be against getting another one.

    My two nit-picks:

    1) I'm not excited that it looks almost exactly like the Cruze, the Gen I Volt wasn't Prius goofy (especially the new one) but it was different enough.
    2) The top of the dash; very pedestrian, the one I had was a Premier, yet the (top) dash looks cheaper than my Gen I base Volt. (I had this same observation in the new Malibu)
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    Making a good vehicle better.

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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by WishIhadatruck View Post
    Is that really true? The biggest mention of the Volt in that time period was that people would be against the bailout because the government was making GM develop the Volt. At least that is what I recall. I personally don't think it made a difference. The biggest fear was the massive job losses from GM, Chrysler, and all the suppliers.

    Overall a really positive review. I would really like to have one of these. I'm still thinking of buying a used Volt someday. The 2011-2012 models are getting very affordable. I should buy one while gas prices are still low. It would be a nearly perfect car for my wife. She does lots of short trips, is home on and off each day, and would love having a hatch. She currently drives our wagon and loves the big rear opening and hates trunks.
    I cant remember for sure but it seems to me the Volt was already in the works and GM's bailout came along about then and people tried to give GM a black eye saying the gov't. sort of made them go green and do it trying to glorify themselves or something like that. Any way at least it's here and doing good while making a difference. I have to smile every time I see one on the road too.

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    Re: Living With the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    A good car at the wrong time. But that doesn't really matter other than low sales volumes (I'm assuming due to cheap gas) will give the press something to cackle about. The future EPA MPG requirements will dictate the need for this type of propulsion and eventually GM will reap the benefits of what it has learned with the Gen I and II volt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    Developing the Volt helped GM secure the bailout.
    Well thats first time l heard that Butz, thanks for the information.

    Only exciting bit l remember at the time that l really liked about GM sad bankruptcy, GM was told at the time they had put the Opels money pit up for sale as part of getting some money. Sadly it turned out that Opel were so in debt with things like their pension scheme losing billions, and losing billions every year on selling cars. Opel were so totally useless nobody would touch them, and it would bankrupt GM again if they had to just shut them down it was far to costly to shutter Opel.

    So GM were left saddled with a pile of Opel crap that was total unsellable nobody would touch, totally indebted to costly to just shut down got rid of with German redundancy packages cost over $200,000 a employee.

    Sometimes it pay to be totally useless so no one will want to buy you, and have bomb proof German trade union laws that make it impossible get rid of workforce without sending GM back into bankruptcy again.

    Poorole Saturn, Hummer, Saab & Pontiac got shafted instead of Opel, it pays to be totally useless it got Opel off the hook..

    Will the new Chevrolet Volt ever be sold in Europe again? Can see why it never sold well in the EU both the Volt & Ampere cost around $51,593 in Europe. US Volt 2 is about half the price.

    Well l hope the new Volt is a big success for GM, but personally it not my cup of tea would never buy one, but absolutely love the E-REV technology thats inside the car though.
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    We checked out two of these at the auto show this past weekend. The stickers on both were over 40K. To not have a power seat, lighted visor mirrors, a storage place for sun glasses and no dual zone climate control was pretty comical. If a 23-24K Cruze can have most of this stuff why not a 40k Volt? The lack of remote starting would also be a pain for folks that have 5 plus months of Winter weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchoman49 View Post
    We checked out two of these at the auto show this past weekend. The stickers on both were over 40K. To not have a power seat, lighted visor mirrors, a storage place for sun glasses and no dual zone climate control was pretty comical. If a 23-24K Cruze can have most of this stuff why not a 40k Volt? The lack of remote starting would also be a pain for folks that have 5 plus months of Winter weather.
    You can remote start the Volt via the fob from about 150 yards or mobile app from across the globe; the negative in the winter is the drop in economy and keeping the cabin warm, requires running the engine and/or quickly drawing down the battery.

    A buck-eighty gas, is also a huge challenge for the car.
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    A buck-eighty gas, is also a huge challenge for the car.
    This last part says it all. But.... then there's the other side of the coin, for what it offers come hell or high water is still a good thing because gas prices wont always be like this. All it takes is a hiccup on the world stage somewhere and through the roof they'll go so why not have one(affordability and ones budget or charging away from home - (my problems)) and at least one knows they are doing something good for the world. A new one a few years old would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    You can remote start the Volt via the fob from about 150 yards or mobile app from across the globe; the negative in the winter is the drop in economy and keeping the cabin warm, requires running the engine and/or quickly drawing down the battery.
    Just curious, can you "preheat" the interior of the car while the car is still plugged in? Here in Maine I often warm up the car (gas engine) a few minutes in the driveway on cold mornings. Wondering if you could heat up the Volt while still plugged into the socket. Of course to keep the car warm once you're driving will need battery power.

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