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At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, Chevrolet unveiled the all new 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The biggest news is the increase in EV range from 38 miles to 50 miles and an increased combined range of up to 420 miles on a full battery and full tank of fuel.

Under the hood is a new 1.5 liter, direct injected 4-cylinder producing 101 horsepower. The battery pack has lost 20 lbs and the range extender has lost 100 lbs. The battery capacity has increased to 18.1 kWh though the number of battery cells has dropped from 288 to 192.

The Volt now no longer requires premium fuel. There is a new 2-motor drive unit that produces 294 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the Voltec system is now 12% more efficient. Acceleration to 30 mph has improved from 3.2 seconds to 2.6 seconds. The system features a Regeneration on Demand control that allows the driver to increase the regeneration via a control on the back of the steering wheel.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt interior, Click to enlarge

Inside, Volt effectively maintains the 2+2 seating arrangement with the console on the floor between the two rear seats, though Chevy says you could put a third small person back there if they are willing to straddle the cupholder. The dashboard is completely redesigned. It has ditched the capacitive touch controls in favor of physical knobs and buttons. Chevy's Mylink system is displayed on an 8.0" diagonal touch screen. Chevy reduced the number of icons on the screen for easier use.

The Volt will be built at GM's Hamtramck plant in Michigan with the batteries coming from Brownstown Michigan. The regeneration unit will initially be manufactured in Mexico before shifting to Flint Michigan. GM says that the Volt will be made of up to 70 percent US manufactured parts.

The Volt comes out at a time when gas prices are plunging all over the U.S., not the best timing for a car that is sold on the premise of saving money on gas. However, the Volt may make a compelling argument as just a car that happens to save on fuel.

The 2016 Volt hits the road this summer.

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Awesome, very nice 2.0 version. Love the dash. Just wish they had pushed for a 100 mile range plus the generator so you could have a 500 mile car.

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I dunno... 100 mile range would have been nice, but it would have also required a much larger battery and more weight.  I still believe they are giving the upper brands a more extended version tho. This is pretty damn nice with a 25% gain in EV mode with new battery tech. The weight savings is tremendous, and the look is much more sleek and contemp. LOVE THE rear. Crossing fingers on this one.. as I think this one will get more sales just for looking more normal. 

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It looks slightly better in the press pictures. The interior looks like a massive improvement. Still reeks of Honda/Acura, though, a bit better executed here. 

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Having spent a couple of weeks in a brand new 2014 Volt as a loaner, this looks to be a big improvement in appearance.  The like this interior MUCH better.  I like the rear of this MUCH better.  I do like the front but I think it would look better with less bright work.

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I think Viper is onto something.  This looks exactly like an Acura version of the Honda Insight, if it existed.  Meh.  Very nice interior though, way nicer than the old car and the Volt's competition.
 

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The inside looks like what you'd expect from a Malibu, it is a little nicer than a Cruze. The back end looks like a Civic and the front looks like a Toyota with an Acura beak. This looks like a Japanese car, gen 1 had a better front end I think.

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Spec bumps look good, interior looks good.  Exterior I get too much of a Kia Forte vibe more than Honda, wish it was a bit more distinct aside from the grille.

 

Will be interesting to see how different the next Cruze will look.

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I like it but I can't get excited about it.  My friend is still pushing towards a Tesla 3... he owns a home with solar panels, so he loves the idea of never fueling up.  His trips would never outrun a Tesla 3's range anyway, and he's willing to wait til 2017.  He did give consideration when I mentioned the Chevy Bolt... although it's really unattractive in my opinion.

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I like it but I can't get excited about it.  My friend is still pushing towards a Tesla 3... he owns a home with solar panels, so he loves the idea of never fueling up.  His trips would never outrun a Tesla 3's range anyway, and he's willing to wait til 2017.  He did give consideration when I mentioned the Chevy Bolt... although it's really unattractive in my opinion.

More design in the VOLT / Bolt than the Bland Tesla. The only Tesla that has some style is their CUV if they ever deliver it to market and even then it is still bland. Tesla is the Electronic version of Honda. Safe, Conservative and blahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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I agree with dfelt. Tesla is incredible for the high-tech systems and electric energy, but it really is subpar in terms of looks. I quite like the look of this Volt and I agree that the 100 mile range would come with repercussions. This car doesn't need additional weight.

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I like it but I can't get excited about it.  My friend is still pushing towards a Tesla 3... he owns a home with solar panels, so he loves the idea of never fueling up.  His trips would never outrun a Tesla 3's range anyway, and he's willing to wait til 2017.  He did give consideration when I mentioned the Chevy Bolt... although it's really unattractive in my opinion.

 

I really like the tesla model s, but we haven't seen the Model 3 yet to know what it will look like.

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Great looking car, but I do wonder how similar the new Cruze will look.  I hope they are visually distinguished and not mis-identified by passers-by.

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