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It looks so much better when GM executives aren't hogging the camera.

That's a sweet interior.

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That interior looks fantastic!

I don't like the door cut lines either, I hate it when there's that pit of painted sheet metal above the windows that's still part of the door. But otherwise it looks very nice.

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That looks SO MUCH BETTER than either Toyota's or Honda's auto's. :D That baby is HOT HOT HOT.

Sadly, I wish they could get it here sooner than Nov 2010. :(

BUT WE ARE IN THE GAME! Go GM!!! GO :P

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It looks so much better when GM executives aren't hogging the camera.

That's a sweet interior.

What are you trying to say about GM executives? Not all of us have a size 60" waist. :smilewide:

I love the interior, however I like the show car exterior more. Yes I know it was as aerodynamic as a Mac Truck, but it had a way cooler image, and isn't that why 50% of the people buy cars, for the image?

In any event if/when I get back to the US, I may even buy one for Mrs. PCS.

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Couple of things I noticed from the pics of the interior.

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1. There are phone answer / hang up buttons on the steering wheel.

2. Next to the phone buttons is a some kind of wheel. With Volume controls next to that.

3. There is no 3.5 mm jack visible in the photos. How do we hook up an iPod/iPhone? Perhaps they've done it right this time an have iPod control in this vehicle?

4. There are record and delete buttons on the center stack. Press release says this is for navigation as well as to record music to it.

5. The center display says 82% charge and 27 miles range. That equals to about 3 miles a percent or 33 mile range on EV, however the press release says 40 miles.

6. The left side of the steering wheel has what appears to be adaptive cruise control.

7. Everything appears to be touch including the door panel controls for the windows and locks.

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the interior is a showpiece and a great testament to GM's new design focus. the exterior also showcases this through phenomonal lighting tricks that are unique and go the step above, great surfacing, great lines, great attention to detail. it's not forward thinking enough in concept, in staying true to the concept, and grafting a more aerodynamic shape, it went too far in the direction of Honda and Toyota's current looks on their upscale models. But will people care enough to notice, and will this effect remain once the car is viewed in person in the context of its own unique proportions. it's a job well done, and looks the part of a $30,000 electric propolusion car. GM better figure out how to market this thing, how to make a lot of them, and how to price it around there. they would be stupid not to [i am expecting pure stupidity and bungling on thier part]

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3. There is no 3.5 mm jack visible in the photos. How do we hook up an iPod/iPhone? Perhaps they've done it right this time an have iPod control in this vehicle?

Probably has iPod or USB and aux 3.5mm inputs in glove box or center console.

For example: (not Volt)

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5. The center display says 82% charge and 27 miles range. That equals to about 3 miles a percent or 33 mile range on EV, however the press release says 40 miles.

They might have a buffer or reserve factored in. It will be interesting to read the autorag reviews of the car when it comes out, and see how many actual miles they can travel before the gas engine kicks in.

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They might have a buffer or reserve factored in. It will be interesting to read the autorag reviews of the car when it comes out, and see how many actual miles they can travel before the gas engine kicks in.

Yes, the Volt starts the gas engine when the battery is at 30%. However the picture in question actually says 82 degrees F, not 82%, so I don't think we can read a lot into this. Also, if you look at the screen behind the wheel the battery indicator shows ~3/4 full.

GM apparently confirmed today that the 40 mile range quoted is for city. Based on the mitsu electric vehicle city/highway range that is know, we can expect the Volt's highway range to be 30 or less. I also suspect that these ranges are with the AC and heater off and with a warm start.

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Now THAT'S how you do an interior, GM! Love that they aped Apple's whole iPod control scheme here...are they the first? Why hasn't anyone else done that?

My only gripe is that the shifter treatment seems to rob the center stack of storage. Is this really necessary?

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Now THAT'S how you do an interior, GM! Love that they aped Apple's whole iPod control scheme here...are they the first? Why hasn't anyone else done that?

Because it is impractical in terms of maintenance and looks horrible?

I'd prefer that "glossy black piano" finish for looks if I was going to have to suffer with keeping something clean.

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Because it is impractical in terms of maintenance and looks horrible?

I'd prefer that "glossy black piano" finish for looks if I was going to have to suffer with keeping something clean.

How is it bad for maintanence? I'd assume since there aren't individual buttons, it would be EASIER for maintanence.

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WOW! I'm thoroughly impressed! I looks better than the concept and the interior rocks. GM hit the mark on this one!

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I'm liking the exterior, especially in those darker colors. The interior I'm not sure about - the molded white plastic stuff looks like a knockoff Apple product, and the display graphics and font seem rudimentary. Maybe the people at SEMA will develop a better looking iPhone-like interface.

Still, I give it a 9 out of 10 for still resembling the concept car.

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One neat exterior detail I read is that the power cord plugs in on either side, in front of the mirrors (behind the Volt logo?). Apparently, it can plug into 120 or 240... I wonder if the power cords are like a laptop with the big rectangular thingy that gets hot.

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Couple of things I noticed from the pics of the interior..

3. There is no 3.5 mm jack visible in the photos. How do we hook up an iPod/iPhone? Perhaps they've done it right this time an have iPod control in this vehicle?

Maybe it's under the tab that says Volt with some sort of icon on it to the left of the 'shifter' thingy

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I wonder why the leaf is on opposite sides of the two interior pics?

The one with the leaf on the right (I think) looks like a mock-up, since the CD slot isn't even open. You can also see that the "econ/sport" mode in the mock-up becane "econ/hold."

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I'm liking the exterior, especially in those darker colors. The interior I'm not sure about - the molded white plastic stuff looks like a knockoff Apple product, and the display graphics and font seem rudimentary. Maybe the people at SEMA will develop a better looking iPhone-like interface.

Still, I give it a 9 out of 10 for still resembling the concept car.

From Auto Blog http://www.autoblog.com/2008/09/16/video-w...-volt-interior/.

The center stack draws a lot of attention for its shape, unique touch interface and bright white surfacing. Volt buyers will be able to choose from several colors for the center stack, however, including white, metallic black, and even green. The gear shifter fits right into the center stack and pulls out to put the Volt into reverse, neutral or drive. The Volt is also keyless, and the driver needs only the key fob in his pocket to start the electric motor.

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I'm with the other people who have said the Volt looks great in darker colors. In the silver-green paint GM is showing the production Volt in, the design looks busy and flawed and maybe even a little on the cheap side.

Maybe it's under the tab that says Volt with some sort of icon on it to the left of the 'shifter' thingy.

I actually think that's the ignition button.

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How is it bad for maintanence? I'd assume since there aren't individual buttons, it would be EASIER for maintanence.

Wiping it down should be easy, which is good because I assume one would have to do that a lot.

What I am interested to know is how hard it will be to find buttons. Things could get really messy if you have to slide your hand all over it for lack of button outlines.

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That interior is absolutely cool! Although I think it is a little busy, it'll definitely appeal to the nerd in all of us; the 'iPod' comments are bang on.

Yes..the Volt could supplant the Prius as the hip geek's car of choice... I know plenty of computer geeks that buy Priuses not just to be green, but for the technology..

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Very,very, nicely done.

While I do miss the aggressive style of the concept, the insanely excellent detailing saves the design.

Now about that coupe...

A coupe could be cool... a small MPV would be nice also...strangely, no one is doing hybird or electric MPVs or minivans in NA yet..

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Ditto on the Volt coupe and other variants. If the Volt is to truly revolutionize the automotive industry, it much branch out beyond the typical sedan body style and offer something to every buyer.

I hope GM realizes this is only the first step in a series of many.

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This is not a insight or Traditional Hybrid. This builds on the EV-1 knowledge and adds a way to power the motor and charge the batteries with a small combustion engine. This is a different idea that will exploit the Billion Dollar investment of the 90's that resulted in a good car that nobody (but Ed Begley Jr.) wanted. This erases the range issue. It's the electric car for the rest of us!

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One neat exterior detail I read is that the power cord plugs in on either side, in front of the mirrors (behind the Volt logo?). Apparently, it can plug into 120 or 240... I wonder if the power cords are like a laptop with the big rectangular thingy that gets hot.

The second plug was cut. It only plugs in on the driver's side. But two plugs were not really needed.

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The second plug was cut. It only plugs in on the driver's side. But two plugs were not really needed.

That's too bad...I thought the reason for one the right side was so you could plug it in if you didn't have an outlet close to the left side..

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This is not a insight or Traditional Hybrid. This builds on the EV-1 knowledge and adds a way to power the motor and charge the batteries with a small combustion engine. This is a different idea that will exploit the Billion Dollar investment of the 90's that resulted in a good car that nobody (but Ed Begley Jr.) wanted. This erases the range issue.

It also erases many of the advantages of an electric car.

Based on some of the quotes that GM has given about things they had to "learn" about electric cars (drag vs weight, stereos use power, etc.), if there was any EV-1 transfer it was minimal.

It's the electric car for the rest of us!

What does that even mean? Price and availability mean this will be the half-electric-car for the very few.

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That's too bad...I thought the reason for one the right side was so you could plug it in if you didn't have an outlet close to the left side..

In the end it only requires an extra few feet of cord. What is good about having it on the drivers side is that you can be sure the driver won't end up having to walk around the car to unplug it.

What is bad is that those of us with garages where we only park a foot or two away from the driver's side wall will now have to contend with a cord in our way.

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Wiping it down should be easy, which is good because I assume one would have to do that a lot.

What I am interested to know is how hard it will be to find buttons. Things could get really messy if you have to slide your hand all over it for lack of button outlines.

Press where the backlighting is? Shouldn't be too difficult.

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Looks great. Absolutely great. I do wish that GM had not Camaroed this by releasing every bit of info on the car 2 years before it's set to make it's debut, gives other manufacturers the opportunity to pounce on the idea as well. Well, GM's aggressive design direction is miles ahead of Toyota's bloated bumblebee styling and Honda's robot-esque looks. Love the car. My commute is 15 miles one way, 15 miles back. I wouldn't use any gas...ever save for road trips. Now...what's the price gonna be?

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You actually look off the road to adjust your stereo, HVAC, etc.?

That's what I wondered about, looking at the pics...when I've driven a car for a while, I can operate all the switches/buttons/etc by feel and placement without looking at them...and they are all different in shape and function, for the most part..rotary dials for HVAC, etc..

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You actually look off the road to adjust your stereo, HVAC, etc.?

That's what I wondered about, looking at the pics...when I've driven a car for a while, I can operate all the switches/buttons/etc by feel and placement without looking at them...and they are all different in shape and function, for the most part..rotary dials for HVAC, etc..

You have stereo controls on the steering wheel, so that should be a moot point. Furthermore, HVAC controls aren't used that often, so it can't be that big a deal to look away and operate them once in a while. Plus, it probably wouldn't take long to get used to all (not that there are that many) the button locations.

Just out of curiosity... what are your opinions on touch screen NAV units?

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Yeah...drive away and it shuts down...I wonder what 'teh fail' mode for these is?

Um, I believe that would be "the engine runs". I haven't ready anything that indicates that you HAVE to plug it in, you just don't get the added benefits of the 40 miles of all-electric driving BEFORE the motor kicks on...

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What is bad is that those of us with garages where we only park a foot or two away from the driver's side wall will now have to contend with a cord in our way.

If that is a genuine irritant, then I'm going to laugh. I've been plugging in my Diesel truck for a few years, and I have yet to 'contend' with the cord every time I walk over it.

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if plug-in's become popular, and given general electricity demand forecast to grow, I hope the power grid is getting a big upgrade soon, because there could be some major problems in the near future

That's a valid point. Also, does the Volt contribute to reducing pollution/greenhouse gas emissions, or does it transfer the responsibility of the emissions to the utilities sector?

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You have stereo controls on the steering wheel, so that should be a moot point. Furthermore, HVAC controls aren't used that often, so it can't be that big a deal to look away and operate them once in a while. Plus, it probably wouldn't take long to get used to all (not that there are that many) the button locations.

Just out of curiosity... what are your opinions on touch screen NAV units?

I haven't had a car with a NAV unit yet. I can read maps (and print out directions from google maps before going somewhere unfamiliar). Though most likely, my next car will have a NAV unit.

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If that is a genuine irritant, then I'm going to laugh. I've been plugging in my Diesel truck for a few years, and I have yet to 'contend' with the cord every time I walk over it.

You'll have to see a picture of the Volt plug before laughing... it sticks out farther than a conventional plug. If you have a tight park then it will be an issue.

I can't say I've had to content with anything like it as every plug I've had on any of my cars was where it should be; on the front.

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You actually look off the road to adjust your stereo, HVAC, etc.?

For certain functions, yes. Volume, seek forward, programmed radio stations, fan speed, and temp are all redundant on the steering wheel. Anything other than that and I have to glance down briefly. I certainly wouldn't classify it as any more "taking my eyes off the road" than when checking one's mirrors.

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You have stereo controls on the steering wheel, so that should be a moot point. Furthermore, HVAC controls aren't used that often, so it can't be that big a deal to look away and operate them once in a while. Plus, it probably wouldn't take long to get used to all (not that there are that many) the button locations.

It just struck me as an example of form over function. Perhaps I would feel better about it if the "form" portion didn't look so bad.

One of the reasons the iPod works well because it has so few buttons. And even at that it does have the "circle" to give the user a tactile indication of what button they are touching.

I think it will be hard to get used to those button locations (without taking your eyes off the road) as seems to give no good tactile feedback.

I guess we will see.

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For certain functions, yes. Volume, seek forward, programmed radio stations, fan speed, and temp are all redundant on the steering wheel. Anything other than that and I have to glance down briefly. I certainly wouldn't classify it as any more "taking my eyes off the road" than when checking one's mirrors.

I see. Well with the car of today (and certainly the car of the future) you shouldn't need to to that.

Maybe it will have voice recognition to compensate.

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I wouldn't exactly call anything about this car's styling aggressive. It is for the most part ordinary.

The front end is relatively aggressive, and the side and rear are certainly not ordinary. Overall, it may not look all that aggressive, but compared to the Prius it certainly has a lot more pizazz. It is a distinctive design that doesn't rely on oddities like the Prius to look distinctive.

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The front end is relatively aggressive, and the side and rear are certainly not ordinary. Overall, it may not look all that aggressive, but compared to the Prius it certainly has a lot more pizazz. It is a distinctive design that doesn't rely on oddities like the Prius to look distinctive.

Everything looks great compared to the Prius.

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if plug-in's become popular, and given general electricity demand forecast to grow, I hope the power grid is getting a big upgrade soon, because there could be some major problems in the near future

From GM Media Online:

The Chevrolet Volt can be plugged either into a standard household 120v outlet or use 240v for charging. The vehicle's intelligent charging technology enables the Volt's battery to be charged in less than three hours on a 240v outlet or about eight hours on a 120v outlet. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully depleted. At a cost of about 80 cents per day (10 cents per kWh) for a full charge that will deliver up to 40 miles of electric driving, GM estimates that the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee. Charging the Volt about once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home's refrigerator and freezer units.

-RBB

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From GM Media Online:

The Chevrolet Volt can be plugged either into a standard household 120v outlet or use 240v for charging. The vehicle's intelligent charging technology enables the Volt's battery to be charged in less than three hours on a 240v outlet or about eight hours on a 120v outlet. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully depleted. At a cost of about 80 cents per day (10 cents per kWh) for a full charge that will deliver up to 40 miles of electric driving, GM estimates that the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than purchasing a cup of your favorite coffee. Charging the Volt about once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home's refrigerator and freezer units.

-RBB

Like many other things about the Volt, that is misleading bordering on lying.

The average fridge from 2004 uses 465 kW/year (411 if Energy Star) and the average freezer 344kW. The Volt would use 2920kW (8kW * 365 days). That is over 400% more electricity required for the Volt than a fridge and a freezer. Even if you had appliances from 1984 the Volt would still use 30% more energy.

http://www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/equipment/english/page16.cfm

I guess the average home has 4 fridges and 3 freezers.

Either way, meaningful comparison GM. Meaningful comparison. So what were you saying about 40 miles of range again?

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