Chevy Volt Pictures – Production vs Concept Exposed


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This week we watched Detoit’s General Motors (who turned 100 this year) unveil the Chevy Volt! It has been very interesting as many automotive enthusiasts and business executives around the world watched such a large company like GM quickly deliver a final product based on their Chevy Volt Concept. Keep in mind the Volt only debuted in 2007! For a large American company to go from concept to production in less than 2 years during a time of desperation really goes to show how motivation can really turn a company around.

During our summer when a barrel of oil peaked around $150, GM was slaving 24/7 to deliver this vehicle in time. GM says their Volt will be able to hit 40 miles on battery power, and will be able to push 100 mph. The car still has a small 1.4L 4-cylinder engine for backup travel which will get you 200+ some miles.

The Chevy Volt might finally offer a window of opportunity for GM to crawl out of the financial hell hole the company has been digging themselves into over the last couple years. Could such a large juggernaut of a company with an old school culture who continues to create big gas sucking vehicles actually be on to something with the Volt? We will just have to wait and see how the masses react to this new age vehicle. Hopefully GM can buy another 5 years of freedom before some rich Saudi/Arab company buys them out and shuts them down just for shits and giggles.

Talk about coincidence while I wrote this last night… BOB LUTZ just was introduced on the Colbert Report and after Colbert ripped a few jokes on his behalf, they quickly talked about its electric charge distance of 40 miles and how its equivalent to $0.70/gallon to operate. Lutz mentioned there will be a Photovoltaic Roof option which will charge your Volt’s lithium ion batteries. Colbert asked if the Chevy Volt would get him layed more or less and Lutz joked that he would probably attract women who wore less makeup!! Hilarious.. Colbert finished by joking that he could “Have the planet and eat it too” by plugging his Chevy Volt into his Hummer H2’s cigarette lighter to charge it.

OK here are my Concept VS Production Observations

Chevy Volt Concept Car (Click HERE For Photos)

The production model below retains the front grill and partial lower fog light pods and the overall design of the front end really reminds me of the sharp angle of the new Camaro SS.

Chevy Volt Production

The headlights on the Concept are very thin and slick like the Phantom Drophead Coupe and were probably designed in Concept to emulate the expensive Audi R8 LED headlights. The headlights on the Production version are completely new and very closely resemble the Acura TL more than anything in GM’s current lineup.

Chevy Volt Concept

Chevy Volt Production

The rear tail lights on the Production (above) are sleek and wrap around the sides just like on the Concept (below). The mirrors are funky and freaky and also bear heavy influence from the Concept. The lower body panel lines that flow over the front wheels and continue down the car are pretty much unchanged from the Concept.

Chevy Volt Concept

I also think that the Chevy Volt Production version is damn similar to the highly successful (Relative to Hybrids) Toyota Prius! Look at the Prius shape, the doors, the door handles, the windows even the little corner windows between the A pillar and the mirrors and the rear door and the C pillar. Now you could argue that aerodynamics plays a huge part in designing the shape of an energy efficient vehicle to minimize drag, but come on those windows!!!

Toyota Prius

With so much on the line, I completely understand how GM would want to closely emulate the proven and accepted Toyota Prius Hybrid Design.

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12 Responses to “Chevy Volt Pictures – Production vs Concept Exposed”

  1. nitesh said on November 5th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    the concept looked a bajillion times cooler, but i geuss they had to tone it down to make sure they targeted the right demographic.

  2. someone said on November 28th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    The concept volt is way better. Im a young (under 20) driver who doesnt really like the electric cars, but if they had made the production car the concept I could consider it a cool car. Now, Its not.

  3. rf said on January 17th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    This shows that Detriot does not understand what it takes to be profitable. Given a choice between the a concept car design with slightly lower gas mileage and the ugly prius design with better gas mileage, there’s not even a question as to which would outsell the other. Folks love cool looking things and love to make a statement. The concept car generated excitement. Now there’s little reason to buy the volt when you can buy the prius for less (which will also be coming out with plug-in version).

  4. JG said on February 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    The concept has more style and was a wonderful new concept to the average every day sedan look. It has been long over due for a new look. It is unfortunate that GM chose to blend in their new car and not keep some of the concepts stylish looks: rear wheel curves, long hood, sporty windows (similar to the 300 srt8) It was a new approach to sporty sedans. I only hope that GM decides to make a model with a look closer to the concept. If they do, I’ll be in line to buy… If not, there is always the camry or altima hybrid that looks good for the price.

  5. JG said on February 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Oh, I almost forgot to mention the Prius. It looks like an Aveo. There is nothing wrong with having style to your car. The prius is far from stylish!! It is a joke to look at… especially how far we have come in design technology and that is the best they could do with the looks.

  6. Tommy said on April 1st, 2009 at 6:35 am

    The Concept Volt looks so awesome!! Why they have to come up with this ugly production Prius-look-a-like?!!

  7. Tony. said on April 29th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I’m so bummed that the concept, which is SLICK, wasn’t the production model. I would seriously get one of the concepts. I don’t think I like the bland look of the production.

  8. Candace said on October 17th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    My sister has the new Camaro SS and I kind of considered this car to be a green version of it. I was really excited to buy one. Now it has lost all (visual) appeal…if I wanted a Prius I would get one! And for half the price.

  9. Marcie Husbands said on March 18th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Extremely good read, some strong points were made.

  10. Glenn Smooth said on April 1st, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Why do car manufacturers get people excited about a cool new looking product only to disappoint them with a boring as hell looking production car… I was ready to drop down some cash on the Volt when it came out but after seeing this watered down awful looking car I’ll look for something else. Car makers really have to pull their heads out of the sand and grow a pair. Stop spending $$$ on market research and let car designers design cars. The general public is clueless about design and should be completely cut out of the design phase.

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