LAS VEGAS—In a surprise move, General Motors gave the audience at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here a quick, 30-second look at the new Chevrolet Volt. Journalists took a lot of blurred pictures of the car, which is getting a proper introduction at the North American International Auto Show in a week.
The car has a new look that is both sleeker and more aggressive, judging from the front end we saw. James Bell, GM’s head of consumer affairs, told me the Volt will have both greater electric range and a more aerodynamic shape.
“It’s a cliché to say that we listened to customers in redesigning the car, but it’s true in this case,” Bell said. “Current owners are very engaged with that car, and they gave us a lot of feedback about what to improve, and what to get rid of. One result is a simpler dashboard—the old one was maybe too busy.”
GM on Facebook: “Surprise! The Next Gen Volt just wowed the audience at International CES but you’ll have to wait until January 12th at North American International Auto Show for all of the incredible details.”
At the press conference, GM also unveiled some improvements to its OnStar telematics system, including AtYourService. It helps drivers find hotels and other amenities, and brings up special offers related to them. A driver assurance feature monitors the battery, starter motor and fuel pump and warns the driver when they may be starting to fail.
Finally, in a partnership with Progressive Insurance, drivers will also be able to sign up for a program that monitors their driving, and enables them to achieve discounts in their premiums if their record is good. “Driving tips will be provided by OnStar based on a customer’s individual assessment characteristics,” GM said.
There's another picture of the Volt here.