September 01, 2011 13:34 ET

Chevrolet Volts Begin Shipping to Canadian Dealerships

Retail customer deliveries will start within day

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2011) -

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The award-winning Chevrolet Volt began shipping to Canadian dealerships today, destined for retail customers in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City. Kevin Williams, president and managing director for General Motors of Canada, released the first Canadian Volt customer shipments at an event in Oshawa this morning, and dealers will begin delivering vehicles as early as today.

"Today is an historic milestone for Chevrolet in Canada," said Williams. "The Chevrolet Volt deploys transformative vehicle technologies that are redefining automotive transportation. Very soon, enthusiastic Volt customers will be able to eliminate gasoline from their daily commutes while having the flexibility to go further, something no other electrified vehicle can provide."

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended range. Powered by GM's revolutionary Voltec propulsion system, it consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide battery electric range between 40 and 80 km, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature.

After the battery is depleted, an engine-generator seamlessly extends Volt's range an additional 500 km by generating electricity to operate the vehicle's electric drive system. This distinguishes the Volt from battery electric vehicles, which cannot be operated when recharging is not immediately available, such as during a power interruption or on a long-distance trip, and has been recognized with a number of major awards since launching in the U.S. last December, including:

  • 2012 World Green Car of the Year
  • Car of the Year for Guide de l'Auto 2012
  • North American Car of the Year
  • Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
  • Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year
  • AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
  • Car and Driver 10Best
  • Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Technology
  • Ward's 10 Best Engines, recognition for Volt's advanced powertrain system

Customers in select Canadian markets have been able to place orders for the Chevrolet Volt since May 2, 2011. Within twelve months, Volt will be available nation-wide

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 or on Facebook at

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