TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, USA -- The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will debut at the Detroit auto show in January.
Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan last week. He also revealed a teaser photo that showed the redesigned 2016 Volt's rear badge and a more sculpted decklid.
The new Volt is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in late 2015.
GM will discontinue Volt sales in Europe as it winds down operations of the Chevrolet brand in the region. The U.S. automaker's subsidiary in Europe, Opel/Vauxhall, also offers the Volt-based Ampera.
GM has decided not to offer the Ampera after the Volt is redesigned for the U.S. market, Automotive News Europe sister publication Automotive News first reported last month, citing sources familiar with the plans.
The current Volt and Ampera, which were voted co-winners of the 2012 European Car of the Year, are built in the same plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan.
Opel has said it is working on an "electric" successor to the Ampera. The model will be launched between 2014 and 2018, Opel said, declining to give further details.
In the U.S., GM will add a third seat in the rear of the new Volt and downsize to a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine, from the current 1.4-liter four-cylinder, sources have told Automotive News.
"You'll see improvements all the way across, from technology to design," Mahoney said. He called the car "a pure expression of what Find New Roads represents," referring to the brand's tag line.
GM has sold more than 65,000 Volts since it went on sale in December 2010. Still, sales volumes have fallen short of the company's initial expectations. Former CEO Dan Akerson had initially projected production of 60,000 Volts in 2012 alone.
This year through July, GM sold 10,635 Volts, down 9 percent from a year earlier. Sales dipped 2 percent last year, to 23,094.