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17" wheels might be too small

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After looking very close at the picture of the fiberglass property, I have come to the conclusion the small wheels may be geared for mechanical advantage but the sacrafice in appearance is too significant. Big wheels are much more of the good look of the concept than I first realized. Guessing, they look like 16". Come on guys, please hold on to 18" at minimum. Of course economy is important but to win the market you need an edge, and appearance is that edge that will spark public interest. Use Ulra-caps for extra boost to turn those big wheels.
Go GM go!
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Did you get a good laugh? I did. The corvette has 18" in front and 19" in the rear, do you think that is ugly? The BMW M6 has 19", do you think it is ugly? Take a look at the Karma, I know... you think it is ugly too. Even the Solstice has 18" rims... well it must be ugly too. I think 14" rims would look completely idiotic on such a fine car. I hope GM shares my opinion and not yours! I recomend you get an Aveo, it has 14's.
OK zzyzzx,
I just give up. You are using pics of your dream cars with 22' and larger wheels (why else would you have this collection of pics?), none of which I approve of. This is not what I would suggest. However I don't know what to suggest to a proud owner of a Ford Escort other than the Volt does not meet your M.O. I saw an Escort (with small wheels) at the circus, it was full of clowns! The best automotive designers use 18" wheels, an earlier post mentioned just a few of them. If you don't agree that's ok, I agree to disagree.
17" wheels

Well according to GM the Volt will have 17's. They look good and are not too small. Thank you at GM.
You may be correct, However I got my info from this site

at the bottom of the page it says - specially developed low rolling-resistance tires on 17-inch forged aluminum wheels

This link is a GM web page so maybe 18" are an option!
I hope so...18" are superior.
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