Chevrolet Volt Retains Five-Star Safety Rating

Earlier this week, we reported that General Motors would buy back Volts from car owners who fear that their hybrid car might catch fire. Despite these concerns, the 2012 Chevrolet Volt retained its five-star overall safety rating from the federal government. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety continues to list the Volt as a Top Safety Pick, which means it earned the highest possible score in all IIHS tests. Next month, a House panel hearing will be held on ... continue reading»

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GM Will Buy Back Chevrolet Volt

If you own a Chevrolet Volt, and recent news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the Volt’s battery could catch on fire has you worried, General Motors says it will buy back your Volt. Last week, GM announced it would offer free loaner cars to Volt owners until NHTSA’s investigation is complete. “Such a buyback is unusual for car companies, which typically institute recalls when regulators or customers report problems with cars or parts,” says The ... continue reading»

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Chevrolet Volt, Porsche 911, Dodge Challenger Top Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey

Just a few weeks following an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a Chevrolet Volt caught on fire several weeks after crash tests, Consumer Reports has announced some positive news for the Volt.   The Volt earned the highest score in Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction survey. “Ninety-three percent of respondents who own the Volt said they would definitely buy it again, making it the highest-rated car in the nationally representative survey,” writes Consumer Reports. “The Volt narrowly edged ... continue reading»

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GM Offers Loaner Cars to Worried Chevrolet Volt Owners

General Motors said Monday it will provide a free GM loaner vehicle to any Chevrolet Volt owner who is concerned about the car’s post-crash safety and fire risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently opened an investigation into the safety of the lithium-ion batteries used in the Volt and other electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf, after a Chevy Volt caught on fire at the NHTSA test facility several weeks after the agency’s side pole crash test ... continue reading»

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Honda Civic Natural Gas Named 2012 Green Car of the Year

Green Car Journal awarded its Green Car of the Year Award to the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The natural gas-powered Civic is the only factory-built car in the United States to run on the alternative fuel, Honda says in a press release. The recipient of the award must be a significant entry in the market and have “newness” and “quantifiable environmental achievement,” Green Car Journal says in a statement. Other contenders ... continue reading»

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Honda, Model News, Honda Civic Natural Gas, Mitsubishi i, Toyota Prius v, Volkswagen Passat TDI, LA Auto Show

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