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 |  Dec 17 2010, 12:20 PM

With General Motors recently announcing plans to increase production of the Volt, it now appears poised to bring that revolutionary technology to even more consumers through varied packages.

Recently GM applied for trademarks on the Amp and Strobe – with the Amp rumored to be a production version of the Volt MPV5 concept, itself based on the Orlando.

Now GM looks to move its Voltec technology up-market with plans to build a plug-in hybrid based on the Cadillac SRX crossover. Initially it seemed that GM would have to limit production of Voltec powered cars based on the ability to produce the complex drivetrains and source the available parts, but GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has now said higher production volume is possible.

Chief Executive Dan Akerson has confirmed GM will offer the Volt powertrain in different body styles and vehicles, as well as under different GM brands.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Dec 15 2010, 9:03 AM


Taking almost five years to come to market, the Chevrolet Volt is finally here and now GM is set to showcase the distant future of the brand once again by unveiling a new crossover model based on the Volt.

The Chevrolet Amp (as it’s rumored to be called) will reportedly be unveiled at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and it’s expected to be a more production-ready version of the Volt MPV5 that debuted at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year.

It’s not yet clear if the Volt crossover will be a production model or a concept, but that’s somewhat irrelevant as it’s not likely to make it to market any time soon no matter how complete it is, with all of GM’s current range-extended electric car production capabilities being used up by the Volt.

GALLERY: Chevy Volt MPV5 Concept


[Source: Car&Driver]

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