For those who were alive and aware during the oil embargo in the 1970's. Remember we had no small cars, and auto manufactures got caught with their pants down. Toyota and Honda ruled the day. U.S. manufactures came up with the Vega, and the Pinto, to compete with the Corolla and the Civic. I recall, at the time my wife's friend had a new Chevy Vega, all she had with that Vega was problems with the engine and the body literally rusted away, in the Conn. / N.Y. area, that car was one pile of manure.
Now lets see, the Vega is history along with the Pinto, but wait, you can still buy a new, 2017 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Now that, at least GM has some nice cars to compete with they want to discontinue them.
The Volt is the most advanced car you can buy for the money with two motors, both with the power to propel the car on either motor. A true electric range of 50 miles, a lot more in summer and a little less in winter, and more mpg just on gas than the Civic and Corolla.
Why would GM even consider killing the Volt with all the money they put into the research and here we are with the 2016-17 Volt a big improvement over the 2011-2015 Volt. The Gen 3 Volt will probably blow the competition away if GM continues the same increase in improvements as they did with the 2016-17 Volt.