In speaking about a bevy of topics during press conferences and interviews galore last week, General Motors President of North America Mark Reuss said that the automaker would benefit if it customized a vehicle platform for the Chevy Volt, rather than repurposing an existing platform.
Currently, the Volt rides on the Delta platform shared with Chevy Cruze and Opel Astra/Buick Verano, but has distinct styling inside and out while cradling a battery back running the length of the vehicle. And even though we’re having a tough time understanding whether “customizing” a platform for the Volt would entail making significant modifications to an existing architecture or building a new one from the ground up, we can only assume that the current Volt would benefit from being larger (in size) than it is today, as a bigger vehicle could (more adequately) justify a higher price point; the 2013 Volt retails for roughly $40,000 before rebates.
The news comes on the heels of Reuss’ other comments, including GM’s desire to decrease the price of the next-generation Volt by “thousands”, along with changes in the strategy of globalizing the Chevrolet brand, and the executive’s thoughts on autonomous vehicles, among other topics.
General Motors is currently hard at work on the next-generation of its vehicle platforms, including the D2XX (successor to Delta) and E2XX (successor to Epsilon). The automaker has not announced which architecture it is planning to use for the next-generation Chevy Volt.