2016 Chevy Volt Exterior Serves Form and Function
One of the biggest talking points going into the reveal of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt revolved around how it would look. When the covers were at last lifted, we found at that Chevy had indeed taken an extremely efficient vehicle that was otherwise drab and managed to improve both its performance and its look.
“Customers were loud and clear: they wanted a sporty design that also allows for great EV road performance,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Global Design. “The new Volt delivers greater presence on the road and is exciting to drive.”
A lot of what factored into the new face of the Volt was how it affected its aerodynamics. The tapered rear end, specifically the resculpted tail lamps, and a new shutter system that reduces drag significantly are major caveats that greatly improve the 2016 model’s performance.
These functions, as well as windswept surfaces and flowing line, serve to make the 2016 Chevy Volt look even more aggressive and sporty than its predecessor.
“With electric vehicles, such as the Volt, aerodynamics play a more important role in efficiency than conventional vehicles,” said Nina Tortosa, aerodynamics engineer. “The knowledge we took from the first-generation Volt and other recent Chevrolet cars allowed us greater leverage to work with a more flowing design.”
The Volt’s sharper looks not only serve the purpose of improving its performance, but they will likely also improve the Volt’s curb appeal with customers as they consider new vehicle purchases in the years to come.