The latest report from Bloomberg states that General Motors is currently in the process of developing a Buick model featuring the Chevrolet Volt’s technology that could launch as soon as 2013. Such a move could help lower development costs of the Voltec program, though it does bring the concern of just how much GM plans on distinguishing a Buick variant of the Volt from the Chevy.
While slapping a Buick badge on the Opel Ampera and calling it a day seems like the obvious and more predictable choice, we imagine something akin to what the upcoming Buick Verano is to the Chevy Cruze — if GM does it right. If skeptics are wondering just how much more premium amenities a Buick variant can offer over the Chevy Volt, one may consider more soft-touch materials or perhaps wood paneling in the interior — things noticeably absent in the Volt. Such items would also help convince consumers to pay for the inevitable $40,000-plus pricetag such a vehicle would command. And if you ask us, a Buick Volt makes a lot of sense — if it gets approved.