Chevrolet will be keeping the Bolt name for the final production version of the car.
Ever since it was introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, back in January this year, rumors on Chevrolet putting the Bolt into production have emerged and the newest one is telling us that the model will be keeping its name. According to Tim Mahoney, the Chevrolet marketing chief, the Chevrolet Bolt will be keeping its name in its production version. The announcement has been made by the company’s official as he has spoken recently to USA Today. The Chevy official says that potential confusion of the two nameplates (Volt and Bolt) will be a good thing for the carmaker as he thinks people will associate Bolt with Chevrolet.
Chevrolet has actually ran two studies in which potential buyers of the car have been asked whether the Bolt name should be adopted to the production version too. Speaking of this model, it is believed to come as a 2017 model year, meaning that it should hit the market sometimes in 2016. This will be a fully electric vehicle aimed towards urban environments which should come with a total range of up to 322 km (200 miles). Rumor has it that it will be based on the Gamma global small car platform, made by General Motors, which will also serve as a basis for the next Sonic generation. The model should be produced at the Orion Township GM facility.