As you can see, the production Volt doesn't look much like the original concept (see below for the original). The real world Volt looks much more like a Japanese hybrid (I see a Honda crossed with a Malibu) -- which is to say it looks like a smooth jelly bean that somehow got wheels.
I'm sure the design makes sense in terms of efficiency and air flow. But this Volt is far from what was implied by the original model.
The Volt concept looked something like a Camaro or even a Corvette charged by lightning. I suspect that its aggressive looks had a lot to do with the excitement it generated. But the actual Volt sends a very different message, one that emphasizes efficiency and safety over speed and power. Again, that may make sense for an electric car. But it's quite a switch, and given the likely price tag of the car -- now rumored to be in the $40,000 range -- it's not clear how the Volt will be able to compete with the equally efficient and cheaper Japanese models.
Any ideas? Maybe we should ask Tony Posawatz, the dapper gentleman smiling in the photo at top, who is the Volt's Line Director. For GM's sake, I certainly hope he knows the answer.