Here Is Why Chevrolet Dealers Aren't Going To Be Like Tesla Stores

Normally when the dealerships versus Tesla debate props up, I'm on Elon's side. But a recent Forbes article that compares buying a Chevy Volt and a Tesla is not only an unfair, it's myopic. Chevy dealers aren't anything like Tesla stores, but that doesn't mean that Chevy are doing something wrong. » 3/16/15 5:11pm 3/16/15 5:11pm

2016 Chevrolet Volt: This Is It

If there was any doubt that the car is the ultimate mobile device, GM just eliminate it with a sneak peek of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show. The new Volt – which is set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week – made a 30-second appearance on stage in Vegas, but GM didn't deliver any… » 1/04/15 11:55pm 1/04/15 11:55pm

​2016 Chevrolet Volt: This Is Some Of It

GM gave a sneak peek of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt to current owners tonight in Hollywood. Photos weren't allowed, but a reader sent us this teaser pic from the announcement. Here's what we know.
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How Automakers Use a WWI-Era Camo Technique to Disguise Prototype Cars

In the early days of modern warfare, ships protected themselves from German U-boats with wild, eye-catching painted patterns called dazzle. The military moved on to new forms of camo decades ago, but for carmakers, dazzle is still the best way to protect prototype cars from being photographed. » 10/17/14 11:50am 10/17/14 11:50am

Video: Is the Cadillac ELR Twice as Cool as the Chevy Volt?

I love, and I mean love, my Chevy Volt. People who haven't driven one don't get it, and that's fine. It's not for everybody, and that's fine. What's important about choosing a car is that it works for your lifestyle, right? And the Volt works for mine. But the problem is that it just isn't that cool. You have to… » 4/01/14 11:33am 4/01/14 11:33am

The Spark Plug Started Out As A Really Dangerous Toy

Once you realize that pretty much everything around you, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, has a story behind it, the world becomes much more interesting. Your car is packed full of parts with good stories behind them (the tragic tale of Sir Nathan Airfilter comes to mind) but the one I'd like to talk… » 3/05/13 2:00pm 3/05/13 2:00pm

The Cadillac ELR Electric Luxury Coupe Fully Revealed

The Cadillac ELR, Caddy's more upmarket version of the Chevy Volt, will be officially debuting mid-January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Of course, they couldn't resist leaking a little teaser image. » 12/18/12 1:20pm 12/18/12 1:20pm

GM Isn't Really Losing All That Cash With Each Volt

Yesterday we reported on a Reuters story that suggested that GM was losing about $40,000 on every Volt sold. But that number is pretty deceptive, and doesn't take into account the overall picture. » 9/11/12 4:20pm 9/11/12 4:20pm

B&Z Electra King: The Jalopnik Classic Review

The Electra King was a line of electric city cars made in Long Beach, CA from 1963-1980 something. There's one in my neighborhood I've always admired, and I finally got the chance to drive it. It's not a "good" car, by any standard, and the score reflects that. But I sure as hell like it. A lot. » 7/13/12 2:00pm 7/13/12 2:00pm

BREAKING: Explosion At General Motors Tech Center Battery Lab Injures…

WXYZ, the local Detroit ABC affiliate, reports that there has been an explosion at a battery lab facility on the campus of GM's Technical Center in Warren. Two people have been injured and were taken to nearby hospitals and all employees have been evacuated from that building. » 4/11/12 9:45am 4/11/12 9:45am

Toyota Sells More New Prius C In Three Days Than Chevy Sells Volts In…

Sales of the Chevy Volt remain so weak that even with higher gas prices, GM had to shut production down for five weeks. Compare that to the brand new compact Toyota Prius C, which outsold a month's worth of Volts and Nissan Leafs in just three days. Beware the Ides of March. » 3/16/12 1:40pm 3/16/12 1:40pm

GM Halts Chevy Volt Production Because Sales Suck

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at the automaker's Detroit Hamtramck plant they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera. » 3/02/12 4:00pm 3/02/12 4:00pm

You Actually Can Put A Gun Rack In A Chevy Volt, Newt Gingrich

One gun-totin' Chevy Volt owner responded to Newt Gingrich's claim that "you can't put a gun rack in a Volt" in the best way possible. He built a gun rack and put it in his own Volt, just to prove Gingrich wrong. » 2/22/12 8:15am 2/22/12 8:15am

GM Dealers Say No To More Chevy Volts

With NHTSA's closure of the investigation into the Chevy Volt, General Motors is now trying to rebuild the plug-in hybrid's image. But a new stumbling block has appeared on the road to higher sales — dealers turning down Volts from GM. » 1/23/12 8:15am 1/23/12 8:15am

GM Fixing Chevy Volt To Stop Possible Fiery Death After Three-Week-Old…

After a Chevy Volt caught fire after being left outside in a parking lot in Minnesota three weeks after it was crash tested by NHTSA, GM has announced some changes to make sure this won't happen again. » 1/05/12 11:15am 1/05/12 11:15am

Report: Every Chevy Volt has over $250,000 in government subsidies

The total amount of state and federal subsidies for each Chevy Volt sold is as much as $256,824 per vehicle according to a fiscal analysis by Michigan's Mackinac Center for Public Policy. All for a car that only costs $39,828. » 12/22/11 2:30pm 12/22/11 2:30pm

Did feds delay public disclosure of Chevy Volt fire risk to protect GM…

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crashed a Chevrolet Volt back in May, the car's lithium-ion battery burst into flames in June, and the agency acknowledged the fire to the public and launched a safety investigation in late November. Why the six-month time-lapse? » 12/05/11 4:00pm 12/05/11 4:00pm

Yes, GM will loan you a Corvette if you're scared your Chevy Volt will…

With news of more Chevy Volt battery packs catching fire after NHTSA crash testing, General Motors yesterday made an unprecedented damage-controlling offer: Any Volt owner concerned about safety can request a free GM vehicle loan until the issue's resolved. Yes, any car. Even a Corvette. » 11/29/11 2:30pm 11/29/11 2:30pm

GM to loan cars to owners scared their Chevy Volt will catch fire

GM is responding to increased concern amongst Chevy Volt owners that their cars will burst into flames by mostly dismissing the threat of random explosions and then offering Volt owners free loaner cars while GM tries to resolve the issue. » 11/28/11 12:09pm 11/28/11 12:09pm