Speaking at the annual Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, Chevy's chief global marketing officer Tim Mahoney announced the next-gen 2016 Chevrolet Volt will debut in January at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While offering no new technical details, he provided a teaser image of the Volt's reshaped decklid and new badge.
Mahoney also pointed out a few facts about GM's groundbreaking plug-in, including that sales were up by 13 percent in July and the 2014 Volt recently was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its performance in the organization's demanding crash tests. Since going on sale in December 2010, over 65,000 Volts have hit the road, which according to GM makes it the country's best-selling plug-in model.
Due to arrive in dealers in fall 2015, the next Volt is expected to cost substantially less than the current model and deliver even better range and MPGe numbers. According to the trade journal Automotive News, the 2016 Volt will swap its current 1.4-liter/4-cylinder engine for GM's new 1.0-liter/3-cylinder and also be fitted with a conventional rear bench seat that will accommodate three passengers. More details on the new Chevy Volt will likely surface before its official unveiling in the Motor City and we'll keep you posted when they do.
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