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April 23, 2010

BEIJING SHOW: Chevrolet shows Volt-based ‘MPV5’

Chevrolet has shown an MPV concept in Beijing that is based on its Volt 'Voltec' extended range propulsion technology.

Chevrolet has shown an MPV concept in Beijing that is based on its Volt ‘Voltec’ extended range propulsion technology.

Chevrolet says that the the styling of the Volt MPV5 concept borrows design and aerodynamic cues from the Chevrolet Volt. The front fascia has a closed grille and aero-optimized lower air dam, both of which help improve fuel efficiency. The car also has a full-underbody belly pan, along with rocker claddings, creased tail lamps and specially designed blades on the rear quarter to boost aerodynamics.

Chevrolet says that its Sonic Blue Metallic paint ‘provides a contemporary appeal’, while the dual skylight panels and 19-inch Volt-inspired wheels build the Volt MPV5 concept’s sporty credentials.

The Volt MPV5 concept utilises the same Voltec propulsion system found in the Chevrolet Volt, including the added capability of an engine generator to extend the driving range and eliminate “range anxiety.” A 16-kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers the electric drive unit.

“Rapidly growing demand for personal transportation across China is creating new environmental and energy security challenges,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “GM is committed to finding and adopting solutions, which include the electrification of the automobile. The world premiere of the Volt MPV5 concept in Beijing demonstrates GM’s desire to make China a global focus of its advanced technology strategy.”

The Volt MPV5 was designed in the US and Australia.

“The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It’s immediately recognisable as a true member of the Chevrolet family,” said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, whose team worked in conjunction with members of GM’s design studio in Australia on the Volt MPV5 concept.

In recent months, through GM’s Shanghai GM joint venture, Chevrolet has introduced the Cruze in China. It plans to introduce the Volt electric vehicle to China in 2011.

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