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General Motors Begins Pre-Production of the Chevy Volt - VIDEO STORY

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First Chevrolet Volt pre-production car

DETROIT - June 25, 2009: Originally unveiled as a "concept" car at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, the first pre-production Volts have rolled off the line.

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Original Volt concept introduced in 2007
Most of these vehicles will be used for the testing and validation of production and design. They will also be used to develop the final software and controls, including the way that the driver interacts with the vehicle. Some will have short lives, as they'll be crash tested after running other tests like endurance, battery drivetrain interface and windshield wiper and door function.

Approximately 80 of the extended-range electric vehicles will be produced over the next year, putting General Motors ahead of pre-production deadlines. The automaker hopes to start producing Volts for retail sale in by the end of Fall 2010.

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