Chevy Volt Unveiled at Capitol

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

It's got all the bells and whistles.

"There's Blue Tooth navigation and messaging, all standard," Jim Khoury, GM engineering manager, said.

Plus all the safety features you might expect.

"It's got eight airbags standard," he said.

It's the brand new Chevy Volt -- GM's hybrid electric vehicle -- and it had a coming out party Tuesday at the Capitol.

"We wanted to thank everyone that supported the Volt financially in terms of any sort of state or federal aid," he said.

For example, the lawmakers who passed the legislation to give GM the tax breaks to build it right here at home.

"There have been $700 million worth of investments just related to the Volt," Governor Granholm said.

The Governor was on hand to test it out Tuesday. So too, was Lansing's Mayor.

After a short spin around the block, it seemed, the reviews were positive.

"It's a fantastic automobile," Granholm said. "It's luxurious, it's smooth."

"The ride is incredible," Mayor Virg Bernero said. "It's smooth. This car is the future."

GM engineers are still tweaking, and adjusting, but overall they said the public is really charged about it.

"People have been excited, coming up to us, asking about it," Khoury said. "We're happy to tell them about it."

The Volt should be ready for sale before the end of the year.

The Volt is being built in Hamtramck. GM set the retail price at $41,000, but there is a $7,500 government rebate.


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