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First and funniest, lots of you wrote in and asked us why we couldn't Photoshop the guys in the pictures off the Volt's flanks. (One of our own team wrote in to ask why the pictures were full of guys and nowhere to be found was Denise Gray, the woman in charge of making the Volt keep its charge on the road.) "You're doing it wrong!" Our explanation: we're pretty sure these executive portraits weren't meant to hit the Web until next week's world reveal, though GM has put out images of vehicles like the 2010 Camaro SS without explanation on the media Web sites they use.
Our colleagues in lightning-quick posts, Autoblog and Jalopnik, were right there within minutes. Later in the day, the big dogs like the Wall Street Journal and Fox News picked up on the story (where were you, CNN? Is being right next door too close? We'll back off.). To their credit, the Detroit News was the only publication to actually speak to us regarding the circumstances of the photo release, though we did also mention the human-error factor to them in a short phone interview.
Finally, later in the day, the folks at one of those juggernaut pricing sites astutely observed that GM might have floated the pictures as a way to show Congress that a potential $50 billion loan to Detroit would be well-spent. "Maybe Monday's Web appearance of the production Volt was inadvertent and unplanned," they wrote cynically. "But considering the stakes in Detroit these days, we wouldn't bet $50 billion on it." That site also came up with this final Volt shot--either stitched together in Photoshop or strongarmed out of an undoubtedly beaten-up GM PR department via their 800-pound gorilla status. Not that we're complaining, but a linkback wouldn't hurt.
The most important feedback we got, though, was from our own readers. Hands-down, you all had the best comments--and GM should be listening to the groundswell here, as there's already some controversy in the Volt's final look:
"I like the look of it. Don´t expect to much of it, it should be a normal car for normal people. It´s not designed to take a part in “star wars.”--Michael
"I don’t know why the designers made such dramatic changes from the concept to this production model. The concept had exceptional lines and looked powerful. When I saw one at the DC Car Show, I would have seriously considered owning one. Now the Volt looks like a pudgy little kid."--Zack
"Sorry, I think this is GM’s next big mistake. Most people now think that GM’s is gonna live or die with the Volt. From the looks of it GM’s has two feet and one hand in the grave."--Rafael
"This thing is HOT and I applaud GM. Way to go. The concept tease vehicle was completely unrealistic. You’ve made a Volt that will stand out and yet be functional. I’ll pay the price of an A4 in a minute to be part of the future."--Dave
There's plenty more to come on the 2011 Chevy Volt--stick with us as we liveblog from the world debut next week in Detroit.
2010 Chevrolet Volt