China will be one of the initial markets to get the Chevy Volt PHEV, and today GM is announcing that the first drivable Volt has landed in the Middle Kingdom.
The two Volts will be part of a VIP fleet that will shuttle delegates between Shanghai’s Expo Park and other off-site destinations.
China has become a key market in the automotive world and a warm reception from these Chinese VIPs could help lead to a bright future for the Volt in China.
“At this time,” said GM spokesman Rob Peterson, “we are planning to sell only the Chevrolet Volt in China.” Which is to say, no models using the Volt’s Voltec electric-drive system with a range-extending gasoline engine will be labeled as on the Chinese market.
Kevin Wale, president and managing director of GM China, said the launch of Chevrolet Volt, expected in the second half of 2011, is key to the Detroit-based carmaker’s broader strategy to grow its electric car business in China after Beijing unveiled subsidy measures for the sector.