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For once I am at a loss for words. I'm a little hesitant to even be the first person to post this on here due to my feelings that this could be an early April Fools joke (if it's not contact me to buy one) but EVERYBODY needs to see this:

http://www.roadandtrack.com/future-cars/first/exclusive-first-look-2012-chevrolet-volt-convertible

Here is the text from the Road and Track article:

Exclusive First Look: 2012 Chevrolet Volt Convertible - First Look
Chevy Volt hybrid to be offered in drop-top format.

By Nick Kurczewski
March 30, 2011

Chevrolet has pulled off a surprise announcement with news that a 2-door convertible version of the brand’s Volt electric hybrid will come to market as early as this summer. Set to make its debut next month during the New York Auto Show, the Volt convertible will be powered by the same hybrid gas/electric powertrain found in the sedan. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack or, when extra range is needed, a generator connected to a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Range is approximately 40 miles in electric-only mode, with about 200 additional miles provided by the small-displacement engine.

Of course, the biggest news here is what this version of the Volt doesn’t have—the four doors and roof found of the sedan. Thanks to the omnipresence of social media, not to mention our savvy spy photographers, automakers rarely surprise us with a totally unexpected model. But Chevrolet has pulled off a coup with the Volt convertible, a car no one expected or anticipated. “We kept our engineers busy when it came time to disguising prototypes as standard Volts,” said GM spokesperson Taylor Wildwood.

A Natural Eco-Convertible

“The hardest part about engineering the Volt was the drivetrain,” explains Wildwood, who points out that the rigid chassis underpinning the sedan made it the ideal platform for a convertible. “The Volt is already built to be a class-leading electric vehicle, one with the added comfort of knowing the gasoline engine is there when you need extra driving range. We believe a convertible version of the Volt is totally in keeping with the surprise and delight qualities already found in the sedan.”

Unlike most modern power-top convertibles, the Volt’s is lowered and raised manually to conserve the vehicle’s pure electric range. The entire process is faster than a power system and a rigid tonneau easily pops into place over the folded top for a nice, clean and fuss-free design. The one hand operation also means the top can be lowered while the vehicle is in motion. “Like the standard Volt sedan, we wanted the Volt convertible to offer all the things you expect, plus a few surprises,” says GM’s Wildwood. “We’re extremely excited about the new GM-patented photovoltaic film that covers two-thirds of the soft-top’s surface.”

Solar Powered

This transparent film transforms the sun’s energy into solar power, which, according to Chevrolet, can be used to power interior cooling fans when the Volt is parked in hot weather. The stereo system and other vehicle functions that require a minimum of electrical energy can also receive supplementary power from the Volt’s convertible top. Despite the high-tech nature of this photovoltaic film, customers will still have a choice when it comes to matching personal style to their eco-friendly convertible. The Volt soft-top will be available in a choice of three colors: black, navy blue and tan.

However, the Volt’s 10.6 cu. ft. worth of cargo capacity is likely to suffer in the transformation from sedan to convertible. Chevrolet wouldn’t comment on the Volt convertible’s load-lugging capability, except to assure us that rear seat room will be “nearly identical” to the space provided in the Volt sedan. Full specs of the Volt convertible will be provided when the car is officially unveiled during the New York Auto Show.

As for price, Chevrolet has managed to keep one last trick up its sleeve. Despite the added cost and complexity of the soft-top, the Volt convertible will be priced only slightly more than its sedan counterpart. Our sources confirm a starting price of $43,000 (excluding state and federal incentives) when the Volt convertible goes on sale this summer.


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(insert eagerly anticipating popcorn-eating smiley here)
 

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Not to bad a crop job (not sure if this is spelled right). It would be nice if this were real.
 

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Alright, I'll bite. First, it's a day early for April Fools. Second, everything tells me the R&T link is real. Go to their home page (http://www.roadandtrack.com/) and search "Volt." It's the first article.

Either JoeBroSD is an amazing hacker, or he works for R&T (and is in some hot water), or R&T has a funny bone and is a day early (in which case it will cause quite a stir at GM), or this is for real.
 

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April fools, descent shop though.

Seriously, GM doesn't even offer a sunroof claiming it hurts the aerodynamics too much. No way they would go for removing the roof.

Maybe once battery tech improves beyond it's infancy and is no longer an issue to eek out every possible 1/4 mile so much, but I wouldn't expect a convertible for 5-10 years.
 

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I'm all for a good April Fools joke but only on April 1st. Jumping the gun a day early is in poor taste. That said I only wish it was true. I love convertibles and would gladly suffer the range depreciation it might impose. The real April fools joke would be if tomorrow it is announced that this is true. Because we all won't believe it and when the weekend comes and GM doesn't back down from the story then we will have all been really fooled by a true story. Now that would be a April fool coup!
 

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Thanks to search engine spiders, this will end up everywhere- regardless of validity.
 

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That car would sell well. In lovely So. California - it would be very nice to drive in sunny-comfort with the top down on CD mode. It sounds fishy a little bit but we'll see how it plays out for the NY car show.
 

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If my wife sees this, the game is over, I will have to trade in my new volt with 500 miles on it.
 

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If fake, someone did a reallllly good job. The name on the article is from someone who usually does the "spy shot" articles. Often, that is the first time one finds out about cars that are in testing. I am more surprised by the 2 door than the convertible. Need only wait until the NY Auto show (unless of course something proves its fake before that time). As for April Fool's day, does R&T have a history of fake articles in the past or something?

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If it is real ... some thoughts

IF this is real, perhaps Lyle can be our special correspondent at the NYC auto show ... and be an article poster for the first time since he sold the site.

Big IF.

My wife loves convertibles, which only leads me to the inevitable question: How do you handle two Volts in one garage? It would be hard to arrange a late-night charge while sleeping, if you had to swap plugs at, say, 2:00 in the morning. I wonder if anyone at GM is thinking about this yet? Seems like there might be a role for a two-cable 220V charger which swaps off automatically when one Volt is charged (I doubt many people have the additional service capacity to simultaneously charge two vehicles at 220 volts, but maybe I'm wrong ...)
 

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My wife and I have owned several convertibles and would love to own another. The only thing keeping me from buying one now is the fact that I want to buy a Volt instead. There are many really nice convertibles on the market for much less than $43,000, but they are not a Volt. GM, if you have this on the board for release this year, count me in. But, I suspect this is an early April Fool's joke. Too bad.
 

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My wife loves convertibles, which only leads me to the inevitable question: How do you handle two Volts in one garage?
My family is having to deal with this. Usually it's fine, but sometimes it's a pain. I suppose we'll learn to handle it better over time.

I would suggest that the convertible is the one to actually put in the garage, unless you're sure there will be no precipitation. :)

(I doubt many people have the additional service capacity to simultaneously charge two vehicles at 220 volts, but maybe I'm wrong ...)
I'm not an expert, but it seems to me that for many it would be fine. If not, can always do one car at 220V and one at 110V.
 

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Don't let your hope get in the way of your common sense. It's obviously an April fool's post. Probably written and posted early, and they'll move it to the front page tomorrow.

The biggest giveaway's are the "PV film coated top" and the "manual top to save energy". The first doesn't really exist in any sort of mature way, and the second would save so little energy it would be meaningless.

Cool photoshops, though.
 

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The biggest giveaway's are the "PV film coated top" and the "manual top to save energy".
I thought the line "The one hand operation also means the top can be lowered while the vehicle is in motion" was something of a give-away too having... ummm.... kinda tried that in a '69 MGB one time (somewhat accidentally).
 

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I thought the line "The one hand operation also means the top can be lowered while the vehicle is in motion" was something of a give-away too having... ummm.... kinda tried that in a '69 MGB one time (somewhat accidentally).
That the Leaf is touting a photoarray makes the photovoltaic film almost sound possible ... the heat through the roof heat sink is something people are fearing come summer so a way to avert this is natural but unlikely.

The handcrank up/down of the lid while driving is only legal in Mexico, Italy and Libya :p
 
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