PHOTO CAPTION: Chevy Volt with Hollywood celebrities James Cameron, his wife Suzi Amis and Jillian Ganz.

Leno Underwhelmed by Chevy Volt

Late night comedian and automobile enthusiast gives car a lukewarm endorsement.

Published: 20-Jul-2010

Late-night comic and "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, who has been courted by General Motors Co. to help build buzz for the Chevrolet Volt, zinged the automaker with a backhanded compliment to the highly anticipated electric car.

GM executives gave Leno a Volt late last year to test drive, but the noted gearhead -- who says he is excited about the Volt launch later this year and hasn't ruled out buying one -- likened the extended-range electric car to an underwhelming compact model being phased out by GM's Chevrolet brand.

"If you didn't know, you might think it's a Cobalt or a Camry," Leno said in an interview with The Detroit News to promote a Saturday charity performance at the Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Leno will be inducted into the Walter P. Chrysler Legacy Circle along with former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca, NASCAR champion Richard Petty and the late Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner.


The SOLO will reach 100 MPG, 0 to 60 MPH in the 6 Sec and top speed of 130 MPH

GM expects the Volt to consume as little as 25 kilowatt hours per 100 miles in city driving.

Pre-production prototype Volt has achieved 40 miles of electric-only, petroleum-free driving in both EPA city and highway test cycles.

EV World publisher Bill Moore (right) with Volt vehicle line manager Tony Posawatz preparing to drive Volt 'mule' at GM's Warren, Mi research center.

Respected expert in plug-in hybrid vehicle technology available to brief media on significance of GM's announcement.


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