GM Debuts Volt MPV5 in China
General Motors debuted the Volt MPV5 electric concept vehicle, a 5-passenger crossover concept at Auto China 2010 in Beijing. Based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability, scheduled to go on sale in 2011, the MPV5 is designed to show the further potential of the Voltec propulsion system that powers the Volt.
The styling and aerodynamics of the Volt MPV5 follow the Volt, resulting in a very aerodynamically efficient crossover that will help to extend the all-electric range of the vehicle.
“The Volt MPV5 concept takes the efficient design of the Chevrolet Volt and adapts it to the family vehicle crossover segment. It’s immediately recognizable as a true member of the Chevrolet family,” said Bob Boniface, Director of GM North America Crossover Exterior Design, whose team worked in conjunction with members of GM’s design studio in Australia on the Volt MPV5 concept.
Inside, the Volt MPV5 concept follows the Volt sedan as well, with the center stack, gauge cluster and two-tone leather seats straight out of the Volt.
“The Volt MPV5 concept demonstrates the flexibility of the Voltec propulsion system, which can produce enough electric power to propel a range of vehicles. from a compact sedan like the Volt to a crossover like the Volt MPV5 concept,” said Doug Parks, Global Vehicle Line Executive and Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for Electric Vehicles at GM.