Chevrolet has always been associated with quality, but until recent years, not so much with value. As the automotive industry has evolved on the fronts of both technology and efficiency, Chevy’s remained ahead of the curve and is reaping the rewards – literally.
According to Strategic Vision, the Chevrolet Volt posted the highest overall scores in the Total Value Index, “a calculation of explicit owner statements on 442 attributes and focuses on immediate and expected (long term) economic factors such as warranty, technical innovation, standard equipment, MPG, etc., and each is weighted appropriately as the data dictates,” as defined by Chris Chaney, Strategic Vision’s VP and Head of Automotive Research.
The Chevy Volt garnered the most points of any vehicle of any kind in the TVI, and it won the Strategic Value Total Value Index for the Mid-Size Car class. Bolstering the validity of the award(s) is the fact that the study was conducted during a time when gas prices were lower; at approximately $4/gallon, the value index only would have been higher. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the first “extended range” electric vehicle to be offered on U.S. soil.
A “real” driving experience is promised by the Volt, with nothing sacrificed to go green. In fact, according to Autobytel, “the Chevrolet Volt’s futuristic technology is largely masked by the fact that it drives almost exactly like a real car – minus the engine noise, of course:”
- The 2012 Chevy Volt offers a completely unique hybrid drivetrain; a gas generator allows the Volt to keep driving after it’s been drained of its charge. The car can be recharged by being plugged in, of course, but also via regenerative braking.
- In good driving conditions, the Volt offers about 40 miles of all-electric travel
- For days that involve more than the daily commute, the gas generator provides another 300 miles per tank – making the Volt more practical in the realm of electric vehicles
- The Volt qualifies for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500; additional credits may be available at the state level
- Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth capability, a touchscreen navigation system and satellite radio. Available options range from leather seats to rear parking assist.
- The 4-passenger Chevrolet Volt comes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and a full spread of airbags to keep all occupants safe in the event of a collision.
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