The results are running neck-and-neck. After seeing it for the second time, it doesn’t look as disappointing but I’d still prefer the concept. Count me in for one at any rate, I’m buying one of these as soon as it’s available.
On a related note, the EV1 from GM was fugly, if they had made it look more like a contemporary car instead of a homebuilt geekmobile they would own the plug in electric market right now. Similarly, if Honda hadn’t made the Insight so impractical (and fugly) they quite possibly could be in Toyota’s pole position. Design matters (although this doesn’t explain why the Prius is so damn popular given that it ain’t no head turner… another kind of fashion statement I guess).
Now that you’ve had time to digest the look of the production Chevrolet Volt in a somewhat more flattering environment, it’s time to have your say. Obviously it changed a lot, but that was a necessity to get this first one out the door and meet the performance targets. The wheels shrunk, the greenhouse grew, and the transparent shoulders are now opaque. But this is now a real and buildable car. You’ve all been having your say in the comments, now let’s get some numbers from a thoroughly unscientific, self-selecting poll. Did Bob Boniface and his team break it or fix it?