Will Volt Give GM the Jolt It Needs?

Dan Neil finds the Chevy Volt 'German-made-dishwasher' pretty.

Published: 14-Dec-2009

By Dan Neil

It accelerates with a big husky twist of its electric motor. You can even chirp the front tires if you push the "Go" button hard enough. It corners confidently and brakes crisply, and, if it's no Ferrari, it certainly won't embarrass itself on the freeway.

It's comfortable, practical and, graded on the curve of five-seat family hatchbacks, reasonably attractive. Think German-made-dishwasher pretty.


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