Green Families Take Note
Are minivans/MPVs the next big thing in the world of hybrids and electric vehicles? Based on the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, it would certainly seem so: Toyota unveiled a new bigger Prius, Ford has the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, and now GM CEO Dan Akerson is saying that the Volt drivetrain will find its way into a minivan "in the next few years."
The pics above are of the Volt MPV5 Concept, which made its debut at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. It looks pretty production-ready (not a crazy concept that looks like an alien car), so chances are that the Volt Minivan/MPV would look pretty similar (maybe with sliding doors if they really want to make it a minivan).
Meanwhile, demand for the Volt seems to be strong:
Akerson also said he expects Volt production to top 25,000 units this year. That's up from an original estimate of 10,000, and from a 20,000-unit forecast Akerson had given recently. (source)
Via Autoweek, egmCarTech
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