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Chevy Volt and Cruze to Get New Global Platform For 2015

Rumors have circulated about changes to the Chevy Volt’s battery, range-extending generator and more in recent months, and now it appears by 2015 it will be riding on a new platform.

More than a blogger’s scuttlebutt, this word came first from Automotive News citing Reuters which reports today that several sources say the Cruze platform shared by the Volt will be changed to a global platform in 2014 for the 2015 model year.

Automotive News said GM would not confirm it, but Chevrolet has posted a press release confirming $220 million in retooling for its Lordstown, Ohio plant for the pending redesigned Cruze, while saying also “production timing of the next-generation Cruze will be announced later.”

According to the Reuter’s sources, that timing is as mentioned, the 2015 model year. The new platform is being called D2XX internally at GM, according to the sources.

The Volt is built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant however, and no word has been given as of yet by GM confirming retooling there,
The D2XX global platform will reportedly combine two compact GM vehicle platforms now in use for sedans and crossovers, so they will share the same underpinnings. The current Volt/Cruze platform was launched in fall of 2010.

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