"A feisty ride in the Chevy Volt"
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A feisty ride in the Chevy Volt
>> Martin: This is Martin Lamonica [assumed spelling] with CNET News. I took a ride in the Electric Chevrolet Volt at GM's Milford Proving Ground in southeast Michigan on Tuesday. The driver was Frank Viber [assumed spelling]. The Global Vehicle Line Executive for the Volt. The car itself was a Mule or Test Version used by the Volt's Development Team. I was on the passenger's side with the video camera and 2 other journalists were in the backseat.
>> So everything you see on those screens here is not production.
>> This is not, okay, alright that's what I was wondering as we were seeing it.
>> No both screens are not production and they are good --
>> Oh what, we're not doing the performance loop?
>> This has a bit of pick-up here.
>> This is just --
>> That's your hatch -- [inaudible] or something. Okay, you've got control over that I see.
>> You have the same jump in the acceleration at all speeds. Is that --
>> What you have is you feel very couples to your car because there is no gear set; there is no lag like in the automatic. The Electric draw means that you are -- you just get into the car and you accelerate and it is more like fine than it is to drive a vehicle.
>> Yeah because you have that [inaudible] and it's just a wonderful experience.
>> Well, we are accelerating you certainly feel it.
>> Take this turn.
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>> Let's do 2.
>> Thanks for the ride Frank.
>> They will kill me if I don't --
>> Hey, you're expendable.
>> Everybody is.
>> New GM you got to take me.
>> Where is this car due back?
>> It is almost stolen from the Development Team just to bring you here and give you and share this experience with you.
>> Well, we appreciate it thanks a lot.
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