Two Manchester United Players Choose Chevy Volt Over Other Free Chevrolets

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Back in July 2012, Chevrolet signed a monster deal with soccer club Manchester United.  The deal, which will eventually see some $559 million leave General Motors and end up with Manchester United, is epic, but not without controversy.

Chevrolet teams up with Manchester United

Chevrolet teams up with Manchester United

Starting with the 2014-15 season, Chevrolet will become the official sponsor of Manchester United, but the gear up is already well underway.

As part of the agreement, Manchester United players get the keys to a free Chevrolet vehicle of their choosing.  Manchester United doesn’t allow its 23-year-old or younger players to drive what the club refers to as supercars, so the Corvette is out for a handful of the team’s stars.

Surprisingly, two Manchester United players opted for the green Chevy Volt over any other free Chevrolet automobile.

Chevy and Manchester United...an unlikely team?

Chevy and Manchester United…an unlikely team?

Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell opted for the Volt:

“It feels different, it’s a lot quieter… It feels futuristic, especially with regards to saving energy.”

And goalkeeper Sam Johnstone chose the Volt, too.

Other Manchester United players went for flashy vehicles, like the Corvette (23 and older only) and the Camaro, while some choose SUVs.

Alan Batey, General Motors vice president of sales, service and global marketing, stated:

“Our Chevrolet portfolio has given the Manchester staff and players a wide choice to suit their lifestyle, be it a Captiva, the extended range electric Volt or the iconic Camaro and Corvette.  It is great to see that Manchester United is now in the driving seat, both in terms of the league and our cars.”

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11 responses to "Two Manchester United Players Choose Chevy Volt Over Other Free Chevrolets"

  1. Foo says:

    Meh. Except for the Tahoe and Suburban (bleah), the Volt is the most expensive Chevrolet made outside of the Corvette. Sounds less like they were going green and more like they were going for the green.

  2. erock says:

    More likely they actually test drove the vehicles and it was far superior to any other internal combustion vehicle on the road.

    1. Open-Mind says:

      The Volt is a fine car, but only superior for some.

      Does the Volt haul more than three passengers? No.

      Does the Volt haul plywood , drywall, or kitchen appliances? No.

      Does the Volt accelerate rapidly? No.

      Does the Volt act as a magnet attracting cute single females? No.

      That’s probably why 34 of the 36 players on their roster did not choose a Volt. 😉

      1. Raymondjram says:

        All of your “No” answers are wrong.

        There is a video where more than three passengers rode in a Volt (I believe it was over ten).
        The Volt can carry plywood (cut up), drywall (cut up) and kitchen appliances (toasters, blenders, microwave ovens, etc) all inside.
        The Volt does out accelerate many other four-cylinder vehicles.
        The Volt will attract intelligent and environmental-friendly females.

        Chevrolet made a big mistake sponsoring a British soccer team (and wasting over 550 million dollars) that will not increase Volt sales, and only two members wanted a free one. Do the same sponsoring for a football team in America, keep the money here, and you will have more than two takers.

        1. kdawg says:

          “Does the Volt act as a magnet attracting cute single females? No.”

          ——-

          I don’t know of any car that does that. Cliche stereotype.
          And if you are on the Man Utd. team, you don’t have any problems picking up chicks.

      2. kindofblue says:

        “Does the Volt accelerate rapidly? No.”

        It would appear you’ve not driven a Volt in “sport” mode or you wouldn’t have made that statement.

        “Does the Volt haul plywood , drywall, or kitchen appliances? No.”

        My Volt will hold my large frame road bike in the back. Without taking the front wheel off. Kitchen appliances? Really? So you’re saying everyone should own a pickup truck because most passenger cars can’t hold a 4×8 sheet of plywood.

      3. doudis2 says:

        The Volt is a fine car, but only superior for some.
        Does the Volt haul more than three passengers? No.
        So.

        Does the Volt haul plywood , drywall, or kitchen appliances? No.
        It is a car????

        Does the Volt accelerate rapidly? No.
        VERY WRONG. It will beat most ICE cars off the line! (0-30)

        Does the Volt act as a magnet attracting cute single females? No.
        These guys are more popular that rock stars in their area, no additional magnets needed:)

        That’s probably why 34 of the 36 players on their roster did not choose a Volt.
        I would say it is because they were just young guys looking to have something “different”. There are not of fast or large gas hogs in Britain. Mostly eco-boxes due to the high fuel costs.

      4. Open-Mind says:

        Come on guys … it’s a car, not a religion. 😉 I like the Volt too, but there are legit reasons to want something other than a 4-door 4-passenger car. Even if that car is a Volt.

  3. Bloggin says:

    It sounds like they got cars, but not free fuel. So going the Volt plug-in route will pay off in more ways than one.

    Especially when unleaded fuel is $2.14L USD, or the equivalent of $8.10 USD per US gallon.

  4. kdawg says:

    2/36 = 5.6%

    Let’s hope we get those #’s for the rest of England’s driving population.

    (Obviously I would have chose a Volt, but if that wasn’t an option, there’s no way I’d pick a big truck or SUV. Can you imagine trying to drive/park in London? I guess it all depends on where the players live. I wonder if the Spark or Spark EV was an option.)

  5. kdawg says:

    Note Nick Powell is only 18, and Samuel Johnstone is 19.

    You can take this info different ways:
    A) They were too young to get a Corvette/Camaro so settled for a Volt
    B) They are young and thus more prone to buy the latest techonology
    C) A & B