If you go to General Motor's Hamtramck, Michigan facility today where the Chevy Volt is assembled, you will find it idled for summer shutdown.  But come back Monday July 15th, and you'll discover that 2014 model year Volts are likely starting to run off the line as the facility comes back on line with new 2014 product.

While the changes for next year's Volt are not significant, there are a few:

New Color Choices Ashen Gray Metallic and Brownstone Metallic

New Color Choices Ashen Gray Metallic and Brownstone Metallic

Some new color choices:

  • Ashen Gray Metallic exterior color
  • Brownstone Metallic exterior color
Some new functionality:
  • Push to open charge port door (no more unlocking the port from inside the car!)
And some new convenience:
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel standard across the time levels
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats

    • option for cloth interiors
    • standard on premium trim
  • black seat accent change from white to dark accent/deletion of white seats

GM Tested The Charge Port Door For Well Over 3,000 Cycles To Ensure Long-Life

GM Tested The Charge Port Door For Well Over 3,000 Cycles To Ensure Long-Life

Thankfully, there is nothing of significance being deleted, and no product de-contenting. 

In fact the only real deletion we see is the loss of a couple color choices - Cyber Gray Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic, which are the first colors to be scratched from the lineup since Viridian Joule went away at some point last year during the 2013 run.

Of course what information we are really still missing is the price of the 2014 model year Chevrolet Volt.

With sales showing some weakness in 2013 despite having at least $3,000 off in rebates available for most of the year and $4,000 off this month on purchases, many are expecting that this will be the year that GM begins to enact those price reductions they have been talking about for so long.

First ELR Rolls Off The Hamtramck Assembly Line On Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (via AoL Autos)

First ELR Rolls Off The Hamtramck Assembly Line On Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 (via AoL Autos)

Also of note, the production Cadillac ELR will be making its debut in 7 weeks at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18th.  If you are in the area and want tickets to that, you can check out their website here.

It should be noted that although the price of the Cadillac ELR has also not yet been announced, it is probably not going to arrive at the lower end of original expectations as GM has said the re-tooling to build the ELR will cost about $35 million dollars and that the plug-Caddy will now also be a "limited" production run. We think a mid-60,000s MSRP is likely.

Pricing, and the ability to order the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is expected imminently.