Re-Volt-ing: New Chevrolet Volt to debut at 2015 NAIAS

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Chevrolet Volt 2016 teaser image

This is all the look we’ve been given of what GM says is the next-generation Chevrolet Volt PHEV. The 2016 model of the General’s entry in the PHEV market reportedly will debut at 2015 NAIAS. (Photo courtesy General Motors)

Hard to believe the Chevrolet Volt is already due for a reboot, but it is! That is, at least, according to GM, who said a new Chevrolet Volt will debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January.

A press release from GM said Volt sales were up 13% in July, and more than 65,000 have been sold since the car was introduced in 2010, making it the best-selling PHEV in the U.S. market according to the automaker.

Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney said, “Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet. Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”

According to the press release, Chevrolet Volt drivers are driving 63% of their overall miles without using the car’s gasoline engine range extender, driving a grand total of more than 500 million gas-free miles since 2010, saving a reported total of more than 25 million gallons of gasoline. If you believe the press release, Volt owners who plug in to charge regularly drive more than 970 miles on a single tank of gasoline.

As for specifics about the soon-to-debut 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the press release didn’t volunteer much information. There was only the teaser photo of the new Volt’s vivacious rump seen above. After our experience driving a high-end Porsche Cayman S e-hybrid PHEV that could easily be optioned out to cost three times as much as a Volt, we’re just hoping we get the opportunity to test the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. It would certainly seem like a lot more practical PHEV option than something that costs more than my house.

I really ought to get a real EV charger installed at my place before attempting another plug-in hybrid review, though. Charging on a standard 110 is no fun, holmes.

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