Bernie DeVold conducts a quality inspection on a Chevrolet Volt...

Bernie DeVold conducts a quality inspection on a Chevrolet Volt on the production line at the General Motors Hamtramck assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich. Credit: AP, 2010

General Motors has announced that it's lowering the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt and making it available in all 50 states -- until now, Volts were available in only seven states, including New York.)

The 2012 Volt will start at $39,145 – that’s $1,135 less than the 2011. If you include $7,500 in federal tax rebates, the price of the new Volt is $31,645. That puts it in the same price point as a the Audi A3, BMW 3 series, Lincoln MKZ and the Mercedes-Benz C class.

The new Volt remains largely unchanged. There are some new standard and optional features and exterior color choices.

The 2012 Chevy Volt is scheduled to reach dealer showrooms this fall.

2012 features:

-- Standard keyless access with passive locking; the car automatically locks and unlocks with the key fob in close proximity tof vehicle;

-- Reverse camera;

-- OnStar Turn by Turn navigation standard for three years, and available in-dash navigation system;

--  Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones;

-- Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display;

-- Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts;

-- New interior accents in white and Spiced Red;

-- New exterior colors: Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic.

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