• Rich Posted: 9/10/2008 11:27am PDT

    Even the front fog light is ugly. It's a previous-generation Chrysler Sebring from the side, a Prius from the rear, and a hodge-podge of ugly parts from the front. GM got it all wrong. Fire every one of the fools pictured in front of the leaked production-car photos.

  • RVB Posted: 9/10/2008 1:46pm PDT

    Can EVERYONE PLEASE get it right?!?!?!? It is the Toyota Prius that should be called Toyota Insight instead of the Honda Insight being called the Honda Prius!?!?!?!?! The Honda Insight is the pioneer of that shape and not Toyota... (Toyota merely capitalized on the idea of the 5-door) Take a look at the original 1999 Honda Insight!!! Honda is the orinator of the design! People, please, please, please, please don't call the Honda Insight a Prius because it is no Prius. Anyway enought of my venting.
    People get used to it that is what most cars are going to look like from now on... CAFE standards want car manufacturers to have fleet average of 35MPG by 2011 or 2012 or something. Welcome to the real world as I like to say all the time!!!

  • kerry bradshaw Posted: 9/10/2008 2:18pm PDT

    Actually, the revised design got very high marks from a preview audience. Anyone who thought the design was not going to be different from the concept simply hasn't been paying attention. Everyone else has known for almost a year now that the original design sucked aerodynamically and that the car couldn't have achieved its promised 40 miles electric driving range if produced with that angular,
    non-aerodynamic shape. Fear not, those who don't care for the new looks - GM has two more E-Flex vehicles in the design stages already for a 2011 launch, probably from Caddy and either Pontiac or Saturn.

  • Kevin Posted: 9/10/2008 8:51pm PDT

    Everyone regurgitates GM's marketing line about the concept car's poor aerodynamics. I for one would like to see the results of those tests compared to this fugly pre-production scam. I can't help wonder if it's only a question of Mexicans not being able to produce the concept car as cheaply as GM would like.

  • loosely_coupled Posted: 9/11/2008 12:49am PDT

    1) Why in the hell would they complete a concept design for a next-generation ultra-efficient hybrid car without even getting an inkling of it's aerodynamic performance?
    2) Aerodynamics really has nothing to do with it. They could easily have made the Volt more aerodynamic while keeping it's aggressive styling. Look at any decent sportscar --- there are plenty of aerodynamic frames that look aggressive and sporty. The designers that destroyed this project should all be FIRED!

  • stan_standoffish Posted: 9/11/2008 1:16pm PDT

    I personally don't feel that the revised design is ALL that bad, but I think the uproar is very interesting. Whether intentionally or unintentionally aping the Prius (or Insight, RVB, whatever) the changes have really affected the personality of the car. The concept was more masculine -- hard-edged like a strong jawline, with menacingly beady, boxy headlights. The new design is more curvy and bulbous -- in other words, feminine. Good or bad is a judgement call.
    Re: aerodynamics...yeah, come on. Look at Mini Cooper, for god's sake. Those cars are smaller, but designed much more aggressively while remaining aerodynamic and fuel efficient. Of course, we can't blame GM for not ripping off someone like Mini, I guess that's a different market (ie, people who care more about what their cars actually look like). At least the Volt will get 100 mpg. Or is it only 48? ;)

  • Mana Posted: 9/11/2008 4:08pm PDT

    Such a disappointing change in looks. I'm all for eco-friendly cars, and have been keeping up with developments of the Prius and the Volt as a potential next buys. It was a case of the tried and test hybrid Prius, versus the primarily plug-in Volt. In my book the earlier concept Volt won out on with the impressive aggressive styling (plus the new technology). This new look has certain put dampers on my anticipation. Prius has now taken top spot (again). Yes I know the technologies are somewhat different, and not a simple direct comparison, but at the end of the day design appeal goes a long way in choosing a car. The Volt has certainly lost that with the new look. PS. Its pretty lame if GM thinks we'll believe their 'leaked pictures' storyline....really please! do they really think so low of us!!

  • Joe_notgonnabuyvolt Posted: 9/11/2008 4:52pm PDT

    hey 100mpg sounds awesome, but then again if i wanted to look like an idiot driving i would buy the prius.
    Thisis the last straw, GM has lost it, sucks how they tricked the old man into helping out one more car. He must be disapointed in the looks. It looks UGLIER then the prius. Dont be surprised if GM doesnt make a 4000lb 4cyl turbo camaro as well.
    They are so out of base. I will be shopping for a Jeep in two years instead of the volt......

  • Rob Posted: 9/12/2008 9:30am PDT

    Chevy sucks

  • Disappointed Posted: 9/12/2008 4:40pm PDT

    I'm very disappointed in GM, Finally there was going to be a better looking, more fuel efficient car on the market. And, what did GM do? Give into the norm of the market. They made a masculine vehicle feminine, I was looking forward to the release of the volt and probably going to buy one to reduce my dependence on gas, but now I'm not interested anymore. I'd rather buy a Camaro and look like a man driving around town than look like a F@G.

  • Ben Posted: 9/13/2008 12:08pm PDT

    What a dissapointment! I was holding off on a new purchase or lease and waiting for the Volt. No longer.
    I was ready to spend $30 - $40 K for a car with substance and style.
    But why do that when you can purchase the new Honda Insight or the new Prius for around $20K.
    GM's product development is still a bloated bureaucracy led by an idiot who thinks he's cool because he flies a fighter jet.
    The company has systematically failed since the last oil "crisis," and left a trail of wreckage of closed plants, plummeting share value, laid off workers and crappy cars and trucks.
    Wow, you're PR department got great coverage of your "transformation," in the Atlantic.
    Too bad it was simply PR BS.
    Your lunch and that of your shareholders and workforce is about to the eaten once again by Japanese brands.

  • Rico Posted: 9/13/2008 9:08pm PDT

    c'mon chevy you can do better than the ugly,look like everything else car,your showing. The concept was something to be proud of this translation of that concept(to put it mildly)blows!!

  • Anon Posted: 9/16/2008 3:37pm PDT

    It reminds me of a Ford Tempo that we had decades ago... It seems that most American car designers don't get it... Japanese cars look much better.
    No matter how good the internal specs are but if the external presentation looks undesirable, not many people will like it. Just like passing up an ugly looking/coffee stained/crumpled resume from the best employee you could have hired. Or ignoring a software application because it has too many buttons, yet it would have been the best application to aid you at work.

  • jimmy james Posted: 9/17/2008 1:18pm PDT

    "Concept car...? What concept car? We never made a concept car of the Volt. If we did, we certainly would have styled it after the concept car if people were receptive to it." <- What GM is saying with this ugly production Volt..

  • gregoryshin Posted: 9/17/2008 11:46pm PDT

    Boy, have I got to eat crow. I have been claiming to everyone how sharp and hot this new Volt is going to be and that my next car was going to be the Volt and that everyone should wait in their next purchase and check out the Volt. Then this happens! Now I'm having to apologize to everyone that I was telling to wait on the Volt and now I look like a heel and am embarrassed that I had so much trust in GM. I should have known better. Thanks GM.

  • card Posted: 10/13/2008 10:22am PDT

    Let's assume we are all somewhat reasonably intelligent people and make intelligent use of our money. Prius offers a proven hybrid which gets 50 mpg for around $25K. Honda has a new offering which will have similar capability for even less money. Now GM gets into the game and offers a soccer mom car for $40K.
    What happened to American ingenuity. This is a flat out embarassment for the American car industry.