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2016 Chevrolet Volt to Boast Corvette-Inspired Design, Regenerative Braking Levels

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With the North American Motor Show in Detroit less than a month away, now is primetime for those looking to show off their newest design’s teasers and stir the pot of interest to lure the still undecided audiences towards their respected stalls. Chevrolet has done just that.

The Chevy Volt has been a great success, meeting almost all of the ambitious credentials that were once claimed back in 2008. Now they’re looking to up the game once again.

Chevrolet has released a 55 second video that focuses on the new Volt’s primary upgrade from its predecessor, and it’s come from a family member.

Regenerative braking on the wheel paddles are part of the Cadillac ELR’s arsenal, and now they’ve made the switch to the Volt, which may come as a surprise to some, and not to others, given to the illustrious plans General Motors has been indulging in over the last few years, incorporating brands under the GM tag on more than one occasion.

The video features Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President and in charge Global Product Development, alongside Andrew Farah, the Volt Chief Engineer while they briefly talk about the new regenerative braking system and their feelings over the advantages that Volt customers will see.

Farah said that the new system will allow “an opportunity for those who like to finesse their Eco driving”, while Reuss added: “I can tell you that it is even more refined than the ELR”.

“We’re going to get customers that we’ve never got before here with a car that really is something special.”

The regenerative braking will allow the user to adjust the brakes to their preference and choice. The vision is to allow drivers to essentially drop down to just “one pedal driving”.

The adjustments on the steering wheel enable a chosen degree of energy to be put back into the motor, adding a complete control element for the energy conscious drivers who are looking to get as far as possible, for as little as possible.

But the regenerative braking isn’t the only new thrill on the Volt. The so-long iconic Chevrolet Corvette is also giving up some of its trademark features to the Volt – the hexagonal taillights and sporty-looking hood.

The Volt’s new getup will be interesting to see once it’s unveiled next month. On one end of the scale you’ve got the new brakes, which, if generalizing, would appeal more to the fuel conscious, careful steppers of the roads. While sports car features straight off the Corvette only screams power and pace.

The second gen Volt will definitely be one many will be heading next month at the North American Motor Show in Detroit . With an already popular fan and customer base, GM has a happy base to work off and build on with the gen 2.



Originally from the UK, Callum Newcombe is a writer whose love of travelling has led him to the Philippines, where he currently resides in the hectic, but fun-loving city of Davao. Callum is the lead writer on The Auto Future, where he covers the latest hybrid and electric car developments.