The Volt MPV5 sends a politically correct message to the Chinese government, which is looking to impose some of the toughest emissions and fuel economy standards in the world within the next decade. China wants its domestic auto industry to be a world leader in fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, primarily because it realizes it will not be able to rely on cheap oil as an energy supply as its domestic auto market continues its explosive growth.

"Rapidly growing demand for personal transportation across China is creating new environmental and energy security challenges," says Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. "The world premiere of the Volt MPV5 concept in Beijing demonstrates GM's desire to make China a global focus of its advanced technology strategy."

GM has recently launched the China Automotive Energy Research Center (CAERC) in Beijing, a joint venture with Chinese automaker SAIC and Tsinghua University, that is developing a comprehensive automotive energy strategy for China. The GM China Science Lab, which opened last November, is carrying out advanced automotive-related research, including battery development. In March, GM introduced the EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) concepts in Shanghai. A centerpiece of the SAIC-GM Pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, EN-V embodies GM's vision for personal urban mobility in 2030.

Against that background, it logical to assume both the Volt and the Volt MPV5 -- and other Voltec-powered plug-in hybrids -- have a big future in China.