2,500 people show Volt interest

Terry says they have been inundated with people wanting to talk about the new Volt and if this demand outstrips the number of cars being built for the UK, it could mean longer waiting times for the new car.

One reason for the demand for a car not on sale until spring 2012 is the ground breaking ‘green’ technology the North American Car of the Year uses.

Under the bonnet the Chevrolet Volt uses an electric motor and battery capable of carrying the car for up to 40 miles on a single charge.

However, it can boost this range by up to 310 miles through a petrol engine which kicks in to recharge the battery while the car is on the move, much like its sister car, the new Vauxhall Ampera.

Unlike its five-door hatchback sibling, the Chevrolet Volt has not announced prices for the new Chevrolet Volt but it is expected to undercut the £29,000 starting price for the Ampera.

It will also offer different styling, tweaks to the level of equipment offered and the Chevrolet badge at the front, something Terry says will entice buyers who appreciate the US brand.

He explained: “To put a Chevy on your drive is saying something, they want to go for a brand that says something.”

However, unlike the gas-guzzling Chevrolet muscle cars from over the Atlantic, the Chevrolet Volt will be one of the most frugal cars on the road with fuel economy well above 100mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 40g/km because of its engine technology.

Customers are advised to order a new Chevrolet Volt early once books open as UK Chevrolet dealerships are expected long waiting lists for the new car.