Chevrolet Volt Makes Japan Debut
Tokyo – The Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle made its debut in Japan today at the opening of the annual Spring Congress of the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers in Yokohama.
The Volt is appearing on the Chevrolet stand throughout the three-day event, which is expected to attract up to 70,000 visitors from industry, academia, government and media. In addition, GM is planning to demonstrate the Volt in Japan.
“This is a great opportunity for General Motors to highlight our advanced technology leadership in front of the tech-savvy community in Japan,” said GM Japan Managing Director Sumito Ishii. “It will also contribute to awareness of the Chevrolet brand in one of the world’s largest vehicle markets.”
The Volt is the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle with extended range and the world’s only electric vehicle that can operate in all climates without limitations or concern about being stranded by a depleted battery. It operates on electric power full time and full speed through two modes: all electric and extended range. The Volt provides up to 80 kilometers of gas- and emission-free driving using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Its range-extending engine generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 490 kilometers.
In December 2010, GM began retail deliveries of the Volt to customers in the United States. GM is rolling out the Volt in additional markets in 2011, including Europe and China.
Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet is celebrating its centennial as a global automotive brand. Last year, about 4.25 million Chevrolets were sold in more than 120 countries, or one every 7.4 seconds. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes passenger cars, crossovers and trucks, from the Camaro and Corvette performance cars, to award-winning passenger cars including the Aveo, Sonic, Spark, Cruze and Malibu, to crossovers like the Orlando and Captiva, to the Colorado pickup. Chevrolet offers fuel-saving engines, hybrids and the Volt extended-range electric vehicle, which provides up to 80 km of electric, gasoline-free driving and a total driving range of 570 km. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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