Published on January 12th, 2015 | by Christopher DeMorro27
2015 Detroit Auto Show Green Car Wrap-Up: Day 1 (Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, & More)
January 12th, 2015 by Christopher DeMorro
Once again automakers from around the world have descended on Detroit for the North American International Auto Show, and I am lucky enough to be on hand to see the latest and greatest creations of these industrial giants. This year there are over 40 new car debuts from various automakers, and just about every alternative fuel was well-represented on the show floor.
Below you’ll find links and a brief synopsis to all of the relevant green car news to come out of Detroit today (or at least what I’ve managed to write about so far).
Chevy Volt owners were asked what they wanted from the next-generation car, and GM has answered with the 2016 Chevy Volt, which has improved upon the original in nearly every way. With 50 miles of all-electric driving per charge, 41 MPG when the new 1.5 liter gas generator takes over, and over 400 miles of range when the two drivetrains combine, the 2016 Chevy Volt is in every way a better vehicle. But can it put GM back on top of plug-in car sales?
The rumor mill was true, and the Chevy Bolt Concept did indeed make its world debut this morning at the North American International Auto Show promising 200 miles of range per charge and a price tag of $30,000. True, it looks like a BMW i3 (even more so considering the orange hue they chose for the debut), but if GM does actually build the Chevy Bolt, it could be the EV gamechanger we’ve all been waiting for.
Many automotive technologies have been proven on the race track, and the all-new Ford GT hopes to bring some of that technology back to the street. Featuring a 600+ horsepower 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine, a carbon fiber body, and sleek aerodynamics, the all-new Ford GT is also stunningly gorgeous. And best of all, Ford plans to build it.
It’s been twenty-five years since the first NSX debuted, and three years since the NSX Concept first broke cover. Finally, after years of teasing and promising, the production version of the Acura NSX has been revealed…and it’s every bit as glorious as I had hoped.
There’s been a SUV-sized gap in Volkswagen’s lineup for years, and with each auto show we seem to get a little be closer to plugging that gap. The Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE brings a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and two rows of seating to the Vdub lineup…if it ever makes it past the concept phase, that is.
True to their word, the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid made their world debuts in Detroit, offering a more demure look but better fuel economy and more power. Can this one-two punch of Korean fuel frugality challenge favorites like the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Energi?