What a first week of 2016 for the car industry – especially when it comes to technology. First let’s start with the Bolt.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt stole headlines when it was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this week in Las Vegas. GM debuted the production version less than a year after introducing the concept.
The Bolt is without a doubt an important vehicle. Priced around $30,000 (after $7,500 in tax credits), it’s actually what we’d consider an affordable car for the masses.
It will offer more than 200 miles of range when it’s fully charged and is packed with technology including a rear camera mirror, 10.2-inch MyLink screen and Surround Vision. OnStar 4G LTE turns the Bolt EV into a high-speed Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Bolt goes into production later this year.
VW BUDD-E MICROBUS
Volkswagen is making a splash this week, too, with its BUDD-e microbus. The concept won’t be going into production, but VW says its a taste of what’s to come in the future. And in this case, it’s a future without buttons or switches on the inside. Inside, it’s all about gesture control and large touchscreen displays.
BUDD-e is VW’s first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform designed for plug-in vehicles. If it were to actually hit the road, it would do so with a range of up to 373 miles. It would take a quick 15 minutes to get an 80 percent battery charge.
BUDD-e can also communicate with your Smart Home or office.
JEEP’s 75th ANNIVERSARY
Jeep is marking its diamond anniversary this year and it’s doing it in a big way. This spring the automaker will roll out special 75th anniversary editions of every vehicle in its lineup.
All the special editions will be available in a Jeep-exclusive Green exterior paint: Sarge Green, Recon Green or Jungle Green, depending on the model. They also get Satin Bronze wheels, Bronze and Orange exterior accents, and 75th Anniversary badging.
The first Jeep hit the road in 1941.