"Took mine, 2015, in for software upgrade, took 40 minutes, no cost. Seems to have more acceleration."
Now that would be a pleasant surprise!!
"Who in the brain trust at GM decided to can the Volt?"
From what I read, the bean-counters at Chevy said the Volt was too expensive to build. I say BS! The Volt was, and could've been, the easiest hybrid to own with good looks, excellent reliability, quick acceleration if you wanted to play, no concern about running out of battery or finding a charging station, and with the carmaker could have reduced mfg costs by making ongoing improvements and incorporating new technology (cheaper but better batteries).
I love my Volt and hate the thought of it growing old but have my eye on finding a newer one with low mileage and putting it in the garage until the '14 becomes a problem.