Next-Generation Chevy Volt To Get Efficient Three-Cylinder Engine

When the Chevy Volt debuted, it’s combination of a gas-powered generator and electric motor drive system won the hearts and minds of many (though not all) car critics. But one weak spot has always been the so-so fuel economy averaging 36 mpg when the generator is running. GM plans to remedy that with a fuel-sipping three-cylinder engine in the next-gen Volt.

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Next Chevy Volt To Cost “Thousands” Less

While electric vehicle sales haven’t been exactly inspiring, the Chevy Volt has managed to pick up some serious steam among consumers despite its $39,995 MSRP. With a next-generation Volt already under development, GM’s President of North America Mark Reuss has said that they will shave “thousands of dollars” from the price. But is it enough to make the Volt a true mass-market competitor?

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Chevy Volt Sales Triple In 2012, Nissan Leaf Sales Static

A year ago, it seemed like every major outlet was eagerly awaiting the final sales tally for two of the most-watched new cars in the industry, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. This year, the sales numbers are barely a blip on the radar. But something very important happened in 2012, as consumers overwhelmingly chose the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt to the pure electric Nissan Leaf.

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Some Authorized Chevy Volt Dealers Cease Selling Hybrid Over $5,100 In Tools

As any mechanic will tell you, tools aren’t cheap. If you’re the gotta-have-the-best-of-everything kinda person, you could spend $20,000 or more on a toolbox, and JUST the toolbox. So this story regarding some Chevrolet dealerships ceasing Volt sales over just $5,100 in specialized tools is a bit of a head-scratcher.

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Plug-In Hybrids, EVs Not Holding Resale Value Compared To Conventional Cars

Anyone who has ever bought a new car knows that the second you drive it off of the lot, it has lost thousands of dollars in value. That is why automakers often tout the high resale value of their cars, hoping to convince some buyers that they’ll see a decent return on their investment down the road. But a new study shows that buyers of EVs and plug-in hybrids may have to settle for a little less than they hoped for.

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First Chevy Volt Owner Averages 459 MPG

The Chevy Volt has received more than its fair share of criticism, but as sales continue to climb, more success stories from Volt owners seem to be coming out. Retired pilot Jeffrey Kaffee, the first person to buy a Chevy Volt outside of auction, has reportedly used just 26 gallons of gasoline in two years of owning his Volt. With more than 12,000 miles on the odometer, that works out to an average of 459 mpg.

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