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Old 11-21-2008, 01:34 AM
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Here are some leaked pictures of the 2011 model. Why couldn't they keep closer to the concept? I miss the bold and agressive styling elements.
It looks small and high, nonetheless a nice car, but not sporty looking...

http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/bl...uction-photos/
   
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I agree completely.
   
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Here are some leaked pictures of the 2011 model. Why couldn't they keep closer to the concept? I miss the bold and agressive styling elements.
It looks small and high, nonetheless a nice car, but not sporty looking...

http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/bl...uction-photos/
The exterior has already been through one redesigned to cut air resistance by 30%. That had to make some significant changes to get that number.
   
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Okay, cutting air resistance is good, but the original looked sleek enough to carve the wind. It seems to me that the car brands working on electrich vehicles for the masses are a bit cautious in their design. Maybe they don't want to give us false hope by not creating a gap between looks and performance? There are some examples of sheer electrical power combined with mean looks, the Valmet Fisker Karma for instance...

I will post a movie of that one in "off topic discussion"
   
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I totally agree. The actual car isn't too bad, but I would have loved to see the concept become more of a reality..inside and out.
   
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Just like someone else said in another post, I looks a lot like the civic in that shape. The concept stylings I hope will come back, it looked very aggressive and I think there is still a niche for cars that look like the Volt concept looks. The sportier it looks the more chance of getting young folk to look at it and maybe even buy it. Gotta get the young buying - so you'll have future customers hehe!
   
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Yeah the changes made from the concept to showroom are definitely of note. I've sorted through the different models and the charcoal-black Volt hatchback is more my speed.

http://www.cabledahmer.com/showroom/.../Hatchback.htm
   
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Rarely will the concept vehicles make it to market, alot to do with safety issues with NTSB....and of course the cost...
   
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Fortunately for GM, the new Camaro is one of those exceptions.
   
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Your link failed to work for me, but I know what the concept car looked like and yes it was very cool looking. That being said, I would not have bought my 2012 Volt, had it hit dealerships like that.

Several posters have already advised that the drag coefficient is greatly improved in the design that is being sold.

For me, I'd love to have in my garage and/or airplane hanger a 1968 Z-28 Camaro (I had in my youth) and a 1970 Camaro Z-28 I got for graduation from high school. But they would just sit there gathering dust. I wouldn't be able to get into and out of them, as I did decades ago. And had the concept car hit the showrooms instead of the model that we see now, I would not have bought one and I suspect not many Baby-Boomers would have either, because it would be hard to get into and out of and the blind spots for those of us wearing bifocals would have been a problem.

I suspect General Motors realized with their first shot at this electric car business, they would need to market a vehicle that older people would be interested in buying, especially older people with arthritis, bursitis and money in the bank. I'd like to see the demographics of what age groups and income levels, are buying the Volt.

I can easily get into and out of my 2012 Volt but it is getting harder and harder to get into and out of my 2010 Silverado 4x4 2500HD and a major feat getting into my Cessna...

Probably, GM, after they have demonstrated they have this new "science" down pat (and I suspect they do, as I'm NUTS about my Volt and telling the world through Flickr stories) they will design a sleek and low-slung electric car for the younger and more "flexible" market...

But I have to wonder, if they did market an electric car like the one in the shape of the concept car, would it be selling as well to a much younger audience?
   
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