Competes with: Toyota Prius Plug-In, Nissan Leaf, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford C-Max Energi
Looks like: A little last-gen Volt, a little current-gen Honda Civic
Drivetrain: Two-motor electric-drive unit; 101-hp, 1.5-liter gasoline range extender; 18.4-kwh lithium-ion battery pack; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late 2015
The second generation of GM's most advanced vehicle has been revealed, and while it looks considerably more mainstream than the outgoing model, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is still a remarkable and unique vehicle that has been refined with significant input from previous Volt owners.
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The first Volt was created in something of a customer vacuum — GM really didn't know who would buy it, how they would exactly use it, or if people would be satisfied with the range-extended electric vehicle's abilities. Now after 73,000 have been sold, GM quizzed owners on what to improve and used that feedback to create the 2016 model. The resulting car is designed to bring Volt customers back to the showroom once their leases are up while broadening the car's appeal to a more mainstream crowd.