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    DETROIT ,General Motors will use the occasion of its 100-year anniversary celebration this month to take the wraps off the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, according to Automotive News Europe. Calls to GM from Inside Line requesting confirmation of the unveiling were not returned on Friday.

    Late last week, the Internet was abuzz with video and images of what appeared to be a production version of the Volt on the set of the movie Transformers 2. But a GM spokesman told Inside Line that “this is not the final version at this stage.”

    The automaker celebrates its 100th anniversary on September 16. The Volt is set to be shown to employees and the media at GM headquarters in Detroit. Automotive News Europe quoted an anonymous source who said, “The rumors that a production version of the Volt will show up at the celebrations are true.

    “The car will be a true representation of what the production version looks like and be somewhat different from the concept versions,” the source added.

    It may not be long now: A news report says the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt will break cover in just a handful of days, as part of GM’s 100th-anniversary celebration on September 16.

    The Chevrolet Volt sedan, powered by the E-flex System – GM’s next-generation electric propulsion system – and sporting an aggressive, athletic design, could nearly eliminate trips to the gas station.

    Environmentally conscious vehicles can be aesthetically appealing

    With exterior proportions associated more with classic sports cars, the Chevrolet Volt conveys an immediate message of agility and sophistication. Twenty-one-inch wheels and sheer, taut surface relationships reiterate the statement. The Volt’s athletic design challenges the notion that an environmentally conscious vehicle can’t be beautiful and possess an aesthetic spirit that matches its driving characteristics.

    “We leveraged our resources around the globe to develop the design aesthetic for the Volt,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design. “It was important that the design capture the face of the Chevrolet as it’s recognized around the world.”

    True to the heritage of its Chevrolet bowtie, the Volt’s exterior design suggests spirited performance and is wrapped in a stylish package, with classic Chevrolet performance cues that hint at both Camaro and Corvette. On the inside, near-term technologies and innovative materials combine with ingenious use of ambient light for an interior environment that’s light, airy and thoughtful.

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    Chevrolet Volt Sedan Specifications

    * Model: Chevrolet Volt Concept
    * Body style / driveline: 4-passenger sedan, unitized frame, electric propulsion, front wheel drive
    * Construction: body-frame-integral structure with composite exterior panels and roof
    * EPA vehicle class: compact car (four doors with rear liftgate)

    Drive system

    * Description: electrically driven system with onboard range extender, plug-in recharge capability
    * Battery type: lithium-ion
    * Energy: 16 kWh (minimum)
    * Peak power: 130 to 140 kW
    * Voltage: 320 to 350
    * 100% recharge time: 110-volt outlet – 6 to 6.5 hours

    Electric traction system

    * Max. electrical power: 130 to 140 kW
    * Max. mechanical power: 120 kW
    * Continuous electrical power: 45 kW
    * Continuous mechanical power: 40 kW

    Generator

    * Power: 53 kW peak power
    * Drive: direct

    Range extender

    * Type: 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine
    * Size: 1.0-liter
    * Fuel: gas or E85
    * Nominal speed: 1500 to 1800 rpm
    * Max speed: 3200 rpm
    * Fuel tank (gal / L): 12 / 54.5
    * Charger type: plug-in
    * Voltage / amp: 110 / 15
    * Horsepower (hp / kW): 160 / 120
    * Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 236 / 320
    * Electric mode range: 64 km (40 miles) – full electric vehicle (EV) range
    * Estimated fuel economy @ constant state of charge: 4.7 l/100 km (50 mpg) during charge sustaining operation

    Daily usage equivalent mpg

    * @ 64 km (40 miles) or less: not applicable – no fuel used
    * @ 96 km (60 miles): 150 mpg
    * @ 128 km (80 miles): 100 mpg
    * 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph): 8 to 8.5 seconds
    * Top speed 192 km/h (120 mph) (limited duration)

    Chassis/Suspension

    * Front: independent, strut-type
    * Rear: semi-independent torsion beam
    * Steering type: electric, speed-sensitive, variable assist rack-and-pinion
    * Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 37 to 38 / 11.2 to 11.5

    Brakes

    * Type: electro-hydraulic power assisted; front disc, rear drum

    Wheels/Tires

    * Wheel size (in): 21 x 6.5
    * Tires: 195/55R21, low-rolling resistance

    Dimensions Exterior

    * Overall length (in / mm): 170 / 4318
    * Height (in / mm): 52.6 / 1336
    * Width (in / mm): 70.5 / 1791

    Dimensions Interior

    * Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 2
    * Headroom (in / mm): front: 37.3 / 947, rear: 35.9 / 912
    * Legroom (in / mm): 31.5 / 802
    * Shoulder room (in / mm): 50.6 / 1285
    * Hip room (in / mm): 53.1 / 1349

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