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So I was up in Big Bear a couple weekends ago and I spotted this test mule. I was thinking that it was the production version of the Volt. What do you guys think?
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Looks like the Nissan Leaf.

"I usually downshift when I'm near a Prius so they can hear me hurting the environment"

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Looks boring and crappy. Way to go for 21st century designing...

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I should have mentioned this before but I am pretty sure that it was running on electricity at the time. This was in slow and go traffic also. Any other guesses out there?

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QUOTE (SmoothZ @ Sep 23 2009, 10:39 PM)
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Looks boring and crappy. Way to go for 21st century designing...
My thoughts exactly





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I should have mentioned this before but I am pretty sure that it was running on electricity at the time. This was in slow and go traffic also. Any other guesses out there?
The Nissan Leaf is going to be the new entry into the Electric car market.

http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car...8497#/car/index

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Also could be the new updated Prius. It is due for a refresh this year is I remember correctly.

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Looks like the latest generation of gay prius.
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I had already seen dozens of the new Prius (and Insight for that matter) at the time this pic was taken.

I don't think that it is the Leaf because of the rear. The rear looked very "Chevyish" in its styling even with the camo on.

Whatever it is, it is awful. That's for sure. I am a grad student in an alternative energy and transportation lab so I was curious to see if all of the car enthusiasts on here could identify the car. I still think it may be the hideous production version of what was a decent looking concept of the Volt.

On a side note, Chevy is claiming 230 mpg with that car according to the new EPA test method for plug-in hybrids. The test method sucks, I bet it is closer to 100 mpg real world. Which is still good obviously. A friend of mine in the lab had a big part in developing the test method using the new plug-in Prius which Toyota may now scrap due to an internal study that shows no carbon reductions beyond the current non-plug-in Prius'. In case you guys were wondering...

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It's the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. No, it's not a hybrid:

http://blogs.edmunds.com/straightline/2009...ai-elantra.html


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