General Motors confirmed this morning that the revised 2016 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car will be released at next January's Detroit Auto Show.

And the company released the first teaser image of the car, showing a more rounded rear to the liftgate of what will likely continue as a compact five-door hatchback.

The Chevrolet press release noted that more than 65,000 electric Volts have been sold in the U.S. since it went on sale in December 2010.

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That makes the Volt the best-selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. (although the Nissan Leaf is catching up fast, at almost 58,000 sales as of the end of July).

2016 Chevrolet Volt teaser image, with GM marketing chief Tim Mahoney, Aug 2014

2016 Chevrolet Volt teaser image, with GM marketing chief Tim Mahoney, Aug 2014

Volt drivers have collectively covered more than half a billion miles powered by grid electricity, representing 63 percent of all the miles traveled.

The other 37 27 percent were driven using the car's gasoline range extender, which is rated by the EPA at 37 miles per gallon combined.

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Volt owners who recharge regularly, Chevy says, typically drive almost 1,000 miles between fill-ups, and visit a gas station less than once a month.

The novel electric car with the range extender has logged the highest customer-satisfaction scores of any vehicle GM has ever sold, and more than 90 percent of Volt owners say they'd buy another one.

Moreover, it's attracting new buyers to the Detroit maker who would otherwise likely never have considered buying a U.S.-made car from a domestic brand.

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More than 70 percent of Volt buyers are new to Chevrolet, GM said.

The 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will open to the general public on Saturday, January 17, 2015, and run through the following weekend.


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