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Report: Chevy to unveil Volt-based Amp crossover in Detroit

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Dec 14th 2010 at 5:20PM


According to Car and Driver, General Motors may have something special planned for the Detroit Auto Show in January. Word on the web is that The General is planning to pull back the sheets on the next vehicle to use the extended-range hybrid drivetrain from the Chevrolet Volt. The next branch in GM's electrified family tree will be a five-seat crossover, potentially called the Chevrolet Amp. Using the same basic architecture, engine, motor and batteries from the Volt, a production Amp would help GM spread its substantial Voltec development costs over more than one model.

GM has been making noise about a crossover with Volt guts for some time, and thanks to the sleuth work of the detectives at Car and Driver, we know we may be closer than ever to seeing the vehicle become a reality. The company has gone through the pains to register a host of web domain names associated with the Amp moniker, some of which were snapped up as recently as October. Combined with the unveiling of the Volt MPV5 Concept at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, there's a good chance that a battery-operated Crossover will grace Detroit with its presence next month. Thanks for the tip, Phrime!



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I am glad they had this ready as others are also looking to do the small MPV thing.

This is more smart than a small sports car or small sedan. Make a efficent MPV that you really can haul things in and more people at one time.

The trick is to keep it efficent in range.

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Report: Chevrolet Planning Volt-Based ‘Amp’ For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


December 14th, 2010


Since the very beginning of GM’s reinvention of the electric car, we’ve known that the automaker would eventually launch a whole range of vehicles based around its common ‘Voltec’ range-extended electric drivetrain. The first car, of course, being the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which is on its way to dealerships all across the country as you read this.

While any additional electric cars from GM may still be a couple of years away, we’ve already been treated to several possibilities with the striking Cadillac Converj and XTS concepts, as well as the more recent Chevrolet MPV5 concept.

Additionally, GM’s European chief, Nick Reilly, recently revealed that a group of three range-extended electric vehicles using the Voltec powertrain will eventually replace the single five-door Ampera model (Opel’s version of the Chevy Volt). These were to include a sedan, hatch and compact crossover.

Now, Car and Driver is reporting that the next-iteration of the Voltec phase-in will occur at next month’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show, where GM will reportedly unveil a new compact crossover or MPV range-extended electric car dubbed the Chevrolet Amp.

Adding further fuel to the speculation fire, earlier this month GM filed trademark applications for Chevrolet Amp and Chevrolet Strobe along with a filing for Chevrolet Sonic, which we saw was the name chosen for the Aveo’s replacement.

The story doesn’t end there as GM has also registered the domain names ChevyAmp.com, ChevroletAmp.com, ChevroletAmp.net, and ChevyAmp.net, the latter two being purchased just this past October.

Watch this space.



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