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Volt drivers top ownership satisfaction survey

Owners of the Chevrolet Volt are the most satisfied with their purchase, according to the US publication, Consumer Reports.

The independent product-testing organisation found that 92 per cent of Volt owners in its annual owner-satisfaction survey, say they would definitely buy the car again, if they had the opportunity to go back and do it again.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

It is the second straight year in which the Volt has topped the survey.

Fuel efficiency seems to be a key trait in keeping owners happy, with other efficient models including the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Prius, Prius C and Nissan Leaf also scoring highly.

"The Volt's two-year reign at the top of our satisfaction survey points to the continuing trend of owners' enthusiasm for cars that are fuel-efficient cars, especially as we see more and more hybrid and electric models hitting the market," said Consumer Reports’ Auto Editor Rik Paul. "The combination of sporty handling and strong engine performance also goes a long way in building loyalty and generating excitement among owners."

Introduced in late 2010, sales of the ‘range-extended’ hybrid Volt, have been relatively soft, thanks mainly to its high purchase price. But news of its happy owners should go some way to boosting demand for the petrol-electric car.

Combining a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a 16.5kWh lithium ion battery, the Volt can travel on electric power stored in its battery alone for up to 40 miles. Thereafter, the engine is used to generate electric charge and boost the range to over 300 miles.

The Volt is also available in the UK and is also sold as the Vauxhall Ampera. Prices start from £34,995, and is eligible for a £5,000 purchase price deduction thanks to a government Plug-in Car Grant.

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Faye Sunderland

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