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The Chevy Volt: Easier to Find at Wal-Mart than at Your Local Chevy Dealer?

Posted September 26, 2011 11:43 AM by dstrohl

Chevy's new hybrid wonderbuggy, the Volt, has been hyped relentlessly for a couple of years now. Mostly electric, with a gas engine only to power the electric motor, it promises to be a revolution of sorts. And only now are they starting to trickle onto dealer lots.

The toymaker Maisto one-ups Chevy with its Volt: Theirs uses no electricity at all. No gas or electric motor. No, this one is powered entirely by the push of your hand, an act that requires precious few calories. Granted, you can't fit anything in it (even with the lack of interior, hidden by blacked-out window glass), but still. Headlamp, grille and golden bowtie badges are included, and the VOLT license plate is a sticker, and therefore removable if you choose. Our maroon example didn't have painted-in taillamps, alas, though the silver VOLT lettering on the extended black tail glass was clear enough.

The maroon paint is a skosh on the thick side, threatening to obscure some of the car's finer details (like door lines), but is cleanly applied. The wheels, though…Not pretty. Luckily, nicer rolling stock is only a drill and a donor car away.

Best news of all: We paid about 88 cents (plus tax) for it at Wal-Mart.

For this, we can forgive it its lack of interior or its ugly wheels… But both is stretching it. Still, it's a Volt that will use even less energy than the real thing.

A couple of new Maisto castings have been dribbling out in multipacks aswell, like a new-generation Dodge Ram 4×4 pickup and a Porsche Cayman, among others; we'll be pleased when we see the second-generation Scion xB on U.S. shores also.

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Re: The Chevy Volt: Easier to Find at Wal-Mart than at Your Local Chevy Dealer?

09/27/2011 2:50 PM

Ha Ha.

Although the whole vehicle is a joke too at $40,000+. What exactly are you getting for 40K?

An interesting thing is that the government has to bribe people with a $7500 tax credit to get people to buy them and they still haven't sold hardly any of them.

By the time you pay for this grossly overpriced vehicle, the operating cost is what it would be higher than for a car that gets even nominal gas mileage. You'd be paying for this thing for a long time. This article said the replacement batteries cost about $9500. You can buy a heck of a lot of gas for that. You can drive about 60,000 miles for that (at 25 mpg and $4/gal).

Inside Line: our Chevy Volt's battery miles cost more than the gas ...

Inside Line: our Chevy Volt's battery miles cost more than the gas ones; Inside Line: our Chevy Volt's battery miles cost more than the gas ones.

green.autoblog.com/2010/11/11/inside-line-our-chevy-volts-battery-miles-cost-more-than...

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