What does it feel like to ride on a car tire?

I always wonder what this would look like. I finally did it. Take a look.

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The Chevy Volt, have you seen one yet?

The Chevrolet Volt concept car at North Americ...

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I watched the commercials and boast at how GM made a wonderful piece of machinery. The commercials I saw were just masterpiece in themselves. The car looked so futuristic, the color, perfect, or maybe, I was focused too much on the concept, at the time. I wanted to see this car so bad, I went to the dealership when I saw it in the car lot.
I live where I have to pass a Chevrolet dealership every time I leave or going to my house. One day I saw the Chevy Volt all posed up on the lawn of the dealership for all to see. I went back and did a walk around on the car; I did not get to sit inside the car, so I decide to go back with my little camera.
The exterior of the car looked similar to the commercials, except, I wished they had kept the grill from the concept. At the point of writing this article, my mind was against the Volt. I hate the grill, well; I do not care for it much.
I went back with my camera and did a short video while taking photos at the same time.
They powered up the car for me and, I was impressed with the sound, oh, there was no sound. It would take me a while to get use to the quietness. While talking to one of the dealer, he took me for a ride around the parking lot and I seriously wish they had a bigger lot. Without the sound, or noise, the car took off like a rocket. The ride was so quiet and comfortable.
Initially, I was not impressed with the membrane dashboard until I got inside; it was a work of art. You may probably want to visit you Chevy dealer to have a look at one. I could not get to drive it myself because it was the only one, they had, and they use it for display and for car shows. I will be there the moment I hear they are giving test drive. Oh, Chevrolet dealers or manufacturer, if you are reading this, I do not mind you hitting the contact button and invite me to come drive the Volt so I can get the full 100 on the car.
There are many die hard Prius fans out there (so am I) and they may continue to be, but I think this car will rival the Prius. This car’s dash seems as if it is from the starship in Star trek. The Prius is a leader in the industry, no doubt, however, the more clean vehicle the better.
Here is a video of my visit of my visit since it better sometimes to see it than read.

There is so much to this car in terms of speculations so I will add the specs from the GM Volt website. So, before you think about talking about copyright, the following from the GM site. Here are some things that come standard:
On-board generator/engine
1.4L internal combustion engine with 83 hp; requires premium fuel. Standard
Brakes
4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc electro-hydraulic power system with StabiliTrak. Standard
StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System
Includes brake assist, Traction Control and a regenerative system on front brakes Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor Standard

Power adjustable mirrors
Heated, body-color mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. Standard
17″ 5-spoke forged-painted aluminum wheels Standard
17″ 5-spoke forged-polished aluminum wheels Available
Touch-sensitive center controls
Includes Driver Mode Control switch and 7″ (diagonal) LCD touch screen. Standard

Bluetooth®4 wireless technology for select phones
Offers hands-free calling capability. Standard

USB port5 Standard
Six speaker system Standard
Bose® Premium Energy Efficient Speaker System.
Seven speakers including a sub-woofer. Available
Color Touch Radio.
AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 playback Standard
Audio System with Navigation and DVD and MP3 playback
Includes voice recognition, Radio Data System (RDS) and timeshift function. Available
Hard drive
30GB of audio data storage. Available
Air conditioning. Standard
Air bags6
Dual-stage frontal, side-impact and driver’s knee air bags, plus roof-rail side-impact bags for front and rear outboard seating positions. Includes Passenger Sensing System. Standard
Premium Cloth seating Standard
Heated seats.
Driver and front passenger with selectable automatic activation. Available
Leather-appointed seat trim
Perforated leather-appointed seating with color-keyed textile accents. Available
Door trim
Premium with layered graphics. Available
Keyless Access
Passive unlock and lock on all doors including liftgate Standard

OnStar®3 with three years of service with Directions & Connections® Plan including Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
The unmatched lifesaving technology of OnStar to help keep you safe. Standard
Remote vehicle starter system. Standard
Pedestrian-friendly alert
Driver-activated horn chirp using turn signal lever button. Standard
Charge control
Programmable time-of-day charging with indicator light. Standard
110-volt charge cord Standard
Rear Camera and Park Assist Package
Includes rear vision camera system and front/rear parking assist. Available
Leather-wrapped steering wheel Available
Ultrasonic parking assist
Front and rear Available
Tire inflator kit Standard

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Should Cadillac build the Ciel?

There no hiding it, this is a huge car. I wonder if they will ever build it and why should they? The economy is in shambles and here comes what seems to be a gas guzzler, and I hope I am wrong with this one.  This car is massive. I tried to find what the EPA on this thing would be but there is no mention of it. The car is beautiful, there is no doubt but it is large and sorry for saying it so often. The car looks like a yacht, I hope it has better gas mileage that a yacht though.

I think if this goes into production it should have the size of the CTS but with much better gas mileage. Here are a post and many wonderful pictures from the guys at Motor Trend. How many of you like the car the way it is and why? Apart from the fact that it will be made hopefully in America, what else draw you to this car?

 

Featured photo(motor Trend)

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