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Consumer Reports: GM’s Volt ‘doesn’t really make a lot of sense’
The Detroit News

Consumer Reports offered a harsh initial review of the Chevrolet Volt, questioning whether General Motors Co.’s flagship vehicle makes economic « sense. »The extended-range plug-in electric vehicle is on the cover of the April issue — the influential magazine’s annual survey of vehicles — but the GM vehicle comes in for criticism.

« When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn’t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it’s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy, » said David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. « This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer. »

The magazine said in its testing in Connecticut during a harsh winter, its Volt is getting 25 to 27 miles on electric power alone. « If you drive about 70 miles, a Prius will actually get you more miles per gallon than the Volt does, » Champion said. He was said the five hour time to recharge the Volt was « annoying » and was also critical of the power of the Volt heating system.

The magazine has put about 2,500 miles on its Volt. It paid $48,700, including a $5,000 markup by a Chevy dealer.Champion noted the Volt is about twice as expensive as a Prius.

P.-S. GM a vendu seulement 281 Volt en février