Tell GM what you want from next-gen version

“Well, duh!”

That may not have been the most frequent response to GM’s announcement it will build a new version of the affordable and popular little Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, but I’ll bet it was in the top two, along with “Yes!!”

Still, GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra’s revelation that the Bolt’s absence will be short-lived was welcome. It was just three months ago General Motors said the little car would die when the suburban Detroit plant that builds it converts to make more profitable electric pickups late this year.

The Bolt will ride again, Barra assured the award-winning EV’s owners, investors and consumers dismayed by the high prices of other EVs.

“Our customers love today’s Bolt,” Barra said Tuesday. “It has been delivering record sales and some of the highest customer satisfaction and loyalty scores in the industry. It’s also an important source of conquest sales for the company and for Chevrolet.”

The Bolt swept the major car of the year awards when it debuted in 2016. It survived an embarrassing recall due to defective batteries, but the addition of the SUV-style EUV model, appealing new features and a price cut fueled a late-life sales surge. Chevy sold 64,322 Bolts and EUVs in 2022.

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