Pre-Production Chevrolet Volt Undergoes Road Testing

With the Chevrolet Volt official launch quickly approaching, the parent company is trying anything possible to be sure everything goes according to the plan and the car will indeed be an important market hit. According to a post on the GM FastLane blog, General Motors is readying the launch of the hybrid and the car is currently undergoing road testing.

Andrew Farah, Chevrolet Volt Vehicle Chief Engineer, drivetested the Volt and posted his first impressions on the FastLane blog. Here are the most interesting quotes from the post (please note that you should read them as a personal view and not as an objective review, as the GM official might be tempted to praise the car he worked on every once in a while):

"Yesterday, I drove the first Volt pre-production vehicle - more than a week ahead of schedule, and due in no small part to the commitment and enthusiasm of a great design, engineering and manufacturing team. I was able to sit in, touch and drive an early version of the real thing. The mules demonstrated the potential drive experience of the Volt’s chassis and powertrain, but the pre-production vehicles bring together the complete Volt experience into one dynamic vehicle," he said.

"I adjusted the seat and mirrors, pressed the POWER button, moved the shifter to D, and then took it on a few laps around our Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich. This was the moment I’d been looking forward to and it was exhilarating. And when I was done, I pulled it into the garage and charged it with the production intent equipment.

These vehicles are being built by our Pre-Production Operations (PPO) organization in Warren - the birthplace of all GM cars and trucks in North America. We’re producing a few Volts per week now, but we’ll quickly ramp up to 10 per week and will have approximately 80 pre-production vehicles built by October."
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