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If it wasn't just the better looking grill that made you want the Velite styling outside of China, check out the white interior:


Note that it doesn't have white on the upper dash so reflections in the windshield shouldn't be a problem as in the brandy interior. I would've paid extra for this and stuck with summit white or pearl tricoat. It reminds me so much of Deus Ex Human Revolutions art style.
 

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Dig the diagnostic display at 6:47. Reads out battery voltage, amps, and (engine?) RPM. The MyLink at 8:33 is kinda different too.

I also noticed no heated steering wheel button on the steering wheel. (I think one of the 2018 Volt changes is that the steering wheel heater turns on when the drivers heated seat is turned on.) Also no wireless charger in the center console.
 

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Velite looks nice, but here in the U.S. it would be hard to distinguish an oncoming one from any one of a bunch of late or current Hondas, Acuras, etc. One of the early Volt design goals was differentiation from mainstream appearance. Didn't work very well, I guess. The far more mainstream Gen 2 is still instantly recognizable with its mouth full of orthodonture. (note: license plate helps a little, ugly as it is) The Velite is pretty, but lacks Pop. But I hope they sell a million in China and I also hope they are made HERE.
 

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Wonder If I could order the Velite headlights and install them on my Volt


Still dont understand why the Volt's headlights are not blacked out. Gen 1 was yet Gen 2 wasn't. And then the non U.S. version of the Volt gets blacked out headlights smh
 

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Woah, the dude had the car at 165 km/hr (102 mph)!!! I wonder what the speed limit is in China?

I wonder if you can order the Buick front bumper and get it to fit on a Chevy while still using the volt upper grill. Why GM created that ugly lower grill on the volt is beyond me.
 

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Yeah, they aren't and won't be. China taxes imported cars very heavily. There is a huge incentive for products to be made domestically.
There's a huge black market in China for "used" luxury cars from the US. An importer will hand an American buyer cash, they go buy the car, drive it to the dock, they ship it directly to China as a used car since it has been driven a few hundred or thousand miles, then they can circumvent these new car taxes. I heard about a guy on the east coast who runs cars through relatives in China. Land Rovers, Volvos, Escalades, Vettes, Etc.
 

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Video @6:12 - 6:15 under the hood of the Buick Velite 5, on top of ICE it is shows EREV ( Electric Range Extender Vehicle), same acronym description as used with Volt Gen1 in NA. Marketing failed to pass the message about Electric c/w range extender to general public, then they choose to go generic with "PHEV" designation for Volt Gen2, which does not make true justice to the Voltec brilliant design... At least, they are going back to the root (EREV) designation in China.
 

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If the seats, or the lights (or anything) has a GM part number, you will be able to order it. Swapping Euro market parts has been popular on many popular GM platforms for decades.
 

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I've had my 2017 up to 100... at that speed felt stable and normal, sucking down massive amounts of electrons though. You get a nice little message on the DIC about "speed warning"
 

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Must be strange going so fast but with little feed back aside from scenery and road noise. Imaging doing that on freshly paved road. You'd be psychologically accustomed to the 100mph and as soon as you take an exit, everything feels really slow for a second or two.
 

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Must be strange going so fast but with little feed back aside from scenery and road noise. Imaging doing that on freshly paved road. You'd be psychologically accustomed to the 100mph and as soon as you take an exit, everything feels really slow for a second or two.
Hell, I get that even just going 'round Chicago on 294 in the middle of the night. It's a whole different set of reactions and mindset.
 

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Hell, I get that even just going 'round Chicago on 294 in the middle of the night. It's a whole different set of reactions and mindset.
I don't miss the Chicagoland freeway traffic at all. I moved away 21 years ago.
 
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