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If this happens, how long til we see a grainy, cellphone pic hit the internet?

Still, good to see GM doing this to build more morale among the troops.

SOURCE: Detroit News

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
GM to let workers see Volt
Sneak peek planned for automaker's September centennial as car nears production version.

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON -- General Motors Corp. plans to show employees a near-production version of the Chevrolet Volt during the automaker's 100th anniversary celebration in September.

GM, which will mark its centennial on Sept. 16, will let employees take a peek at the extended range electric vehicle but not allow them to use any cameras because of concerns about the competition. GM has been working feverishly on the Volt to begin production in late 2010, with assembly set for its Hamtramck plant.

No final decision has been made on when and where the Volt will be revealed to employees -- and eventually the public, but spokeswoman Karla Coleman said, "It's going to be soon."

The Detroit automaker confirmed Tuesday that it had filed the necessary paperwork to construct a $326 million, 530,000-square-foot plant in Flint to build 1.4-liter turbo engines for the Volt as well as its new compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze. Construction of the plant is pending negotiations with state and local officials on tax incentives.

GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel confirmed the paperwork to build the plant had been filed. The new facility will be built near Flint Engine South and Flint Truck. The Flint City Council will meet on Aug. 25 to consider granting tax incentives for the plant.

The public won't have to wait too long to see a near-production version of the Volt. GM plans to unveil the revised Volt at either the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November or the Detroit auto show in January, a person familiar with the company's plans said.

The production model will be different than the concept version that was first unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2007; the original wasn't aerodynamic enough, according to GM.

GM's board of directors formally approved production of the vehicle last month.

The automaker recently showed a near-production version of the Volt to a focus group in southern California.

"It was very positive," Coleman said. "It's not like we can change the design at this point, but we want to hear feedback about how we're doing."

GM's engineers are driving the "real architecture" of the Volt under the bodies of other GM vehicles.

More than 200 engineers and 50 designers are working on the Volt, and another 400 are working on related subsystems and electric components. The Volt will be able to travel up to 40 miles on electric power alone and will have a gas engine that powers a generator to recharge the battery and keep the vehicle running when its lithium-ion battery pack is low on power.

GM is also working on a plug-in electric Saturn Vue that it also plans to start producing in late 2010. That will be able to go about 10 miles on electric power.

The Volt will operate like a plug-in hybrid; it will be rechargeable by plugging the vehicle into a standard 110-volt outlet. The vehicle could cost as much as $40,000 because of its expensive batteries.

GM announced this month that it is working with a consortium of 34 utilities to overcome technical challenges in introducing tens of thousands of plug-in electric vehicles to the market.

Congress is considering tax breaks for plug-in vehicles that would defray purchase costs of the Volt.

Toyota Motor Corp. announced in January it would produce and begin leasing a limited number of plug-in hybrid vehicles in late 2010 to fleet customers. The experimental version currently has a 7-mile electric range in testing.
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Security is searching employees as they usually do. It won't happen unless GM wants to show the public.
 

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I thought I read where GM was going to show it to the public in September to coinside with it's 100 year anniversary, and to build interest in GM from the public.
 

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So I guess the reports on the Paris auto show unveiling were a bit premature??
 

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OMG... now everyone's gonna copy it for sure!
Damn you, Lutz!!!
 

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Good for GM. I have never lived in Michigan but I am glad they are building a new plant there. Too bad foreign brands are scared off by the UAW to build in MI.
 

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So I guess the reports on the Paris auto show unveiling were a bit premature??
No, that's still the plan. Its just that the employees get a bit of a preview.

I'm sure GM is taking into consideration the idea that some pics may get leaked. But if that happens, so be it. The Paris reveal is in September and it's almost August - the chances that a few grainy snapshots making the rounds a month early would make THAT big of a difference in a competitors' plans are slim at this point.

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It is good to see GM plans to include Flint in it plans for the future of these vehicles. The Flint area was a big part of the beginning of GM and has seen very difficult times with the pull out of GM of the last few decades. It seems "right" to include them in something that will be this big for the future of the company.
 

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The Detroit automaker confirmed Tuesday that it had filed the necessary paperwork to construct a $326 million, 530,000-square-foot plant in Flint to build 1.4-liter turbo engines for the Volt as well as its new compact car, the Chevrolet Cruze.
Seems to be a lot of confusion about this. I thought the Volt was getting a na 1.4 with a turbo in the Cruze.
 

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Seems to be a lot of confusion about this. I thought the Volt was getting a na 1.4 with a turbo in the Cruze.
Yes - I agree. The last I read - they were replacing the 1.0 liter three cylinder turbo with a naturally aspirated 1.4 liter four cylinder. (?)
 

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It is good to see GM plans to include Flint in it plans for the future of these vehicles. The Flint area was a big part of the beginning of GM and has seen very difficult times with the pull out of GM of the last few decades. It seems "right" to include them in something that will be this big for the future of the company.
No doubt GM pushed that point to them when negotiating some tax relief for building the plant there to.
 

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Yeah, and some people have seen unicorns. What Volt did they show, an old Malibu body and powertrain with Voltish panels? There is no Volt, don't you read the New York Times?
 

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I have a feeling we'll see grainy, unauthorized pics that can be traced back to Lutz' cell phone.

Just my thought...
 
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