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Chevrolet Volt 2.0: What to Expect

Stocks in this article: GM

The biggest question of them all: Volt 2.0 vs. Cadillac ELR. Will the only difference between Volt 2.0 and Cadillac ELR be the two-door vs. four-door body and a fancier leather interior? Or will there be more fundamental drivetrain differences?

1. Yes. GM needs to differentiate these two models, giving the Cadillac a more powerful engine/motor, perhaps even a fancier battery, which would yield longer electric range.

2. No. The cost to develop, test and manufacture two cars with so many differences is too much, especially in a line that's selling under 100,000 units per year. Therefore, the two cars will be identical under the skin.

We will soon find out whether (1) or (2) above is right. I think this is close to 50/50, but with a gun to my head my money is on (1) -- material differences under the skin, which admittedly goes against a whole bunch of sound logic.

GM is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't on this one. At least the cars will most likely be superb class-leaders either way.

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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