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May 13, 2011 13:57 ET

Canadians Start Test Driving the Award-Winning 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Volt makes its public test drive debut in London, ON

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - Canadians now have the opportunity to test drive the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Volt during GM's National Test Drive Tour. The tour is pulling into cities across Canada and offers people the opportunity to take a ride with the biggest stars on the road, our award-winning lineup of GM vehicles. The Chevrolet Volt joins the tour this weekend at Masonville Place in London, Ontario, and will be available to retail customers in the third quarter of this year.

"We are excited that Canadians are now able to experience our award-winning electric vehicle solution themselves, the Chevrolet Volt," said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at GM of Canada. "With advanced technology that leads the industry and dramatically reduces greenhouse gases, the Chevrolet Volt is the first electric vehicle with extended range and will never leave anyone stranded with a depleted battery."

Chevrolet dealers in the marketing areas for Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, and Quebec City are currently taking orders for the Volt, with an MSRP starting at $41,545 and delivery beginning in the third quarter of this year. Within twelve months of the retail launch, Volt will be available at dealerships nation-wide.

The Chevrolet Volt is an electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates, with a range of up to 580 km. Powered by GM's revolutionary Voltec propulsion system, it consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide pure electric range between 40 and 80 km, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. A 1.4L gasoline-powered engine extends the range up to an additional 500 km on a full tank of fuel by operating the vehicle's electric drive system until the car can be plugged in and recharged or refueled. This distinguishes the Volt from electric-only vehicles, which cannot be operated when recharging is not immediately available – such as during a power interruption or on a long-distance trip.

Every Participant Has the Opportunity to Win the Ride, Live the Life

The National Test Drive Tour is the largest of its kind in Canada, with over 20,000 people having participated last year. For 2011, every participant is automatically entered in the "Win the Ride, Live the Life" contest, where one lucky contestant will win a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle of their choice, in addition to an exclusive VIP trip for two. Furthermore, every participant in the test drive will receive a $10 gas gift card, and has the opportunity to win one of twelve monthly prizes, an iPod touch ®. More information regarding GM's National Test Drive Tour, including tour dates and cities, can be found at www.testdrivecanada.ca.

About Chevrolet in Canada

Founded in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. From today's Cruze Eco which consumes just 4.6 L/100 km on the highway to the Volt coming this fall, which provides up to 80 km of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 500 km of extended range, Chevrolet offers gas-friendly to gas-free solutions. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse and a host of new, smaller, highly efficient models to come including the all-new Orlando and Sonic (fall 2011) and Spark (2012). Chevrolet also provides iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro as well as dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.ca or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletcanada.

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