It's no secret that the Chevrolet Volt
is generating a lot of positive attention from those in the
automotive industry (not to mention prospective buyers). The vehicle
has also had its share
of criticism, with the latest dustup surrounding the vehicle's
The base model Volt is priced at
before a $7,500 federal tax credit while a fully loaded Volt will
run you $44,600 (before credit). Many people, including our readers,
balked at the relatively high price tag for a Chevrolet-branded
compact sedan. The pricing concerns became even more apparent when it
was revealed that some dealerships were charging
a $20,000 markup for the vehicle.
a Florida-based company which owns 230 dealership in the U.S., has
thrown its two cents into the debate. The company owns 27 Chevrolet
dealerships across the country and recently
told Edmund's Green Car Advisor that any of its
dealerships that charge over MSRP for the Volt will face immediate
It should be comforting to potential
customers that AutoNation is taking such a firm stance on this issue,
but the few dozen Chevrolet-branded dealerships that the company owns
is a just a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of Chevrolet
dealerships across the U.S. AutoNation's 24 Nissan dealerships should
also take note; the same termination policy also applies to the MSRP
of the all-electric
The Chevrolet Volt has an onboard
lithium-ion battery pack which can power the vehicle for 40 miles
(under ideal conditions). Once the batteries have reached a
pre-programmed "maximum use" state, the gasoline generator
kicks in to power the vehicle for another 300 miles.
The $32,780 (before credit) Nissan
Leaf, on the other hand, only makes use of a lithium-ion battery pack
and has no generator backup. As a result, once the 100-mile range of
the vehicle is exhausted, you had better hope you're near a charging
port or be prepared to call a tow truck.
quote: brain fart
quote: Where did that term come from?
quote: The company owns 27 Chevrolet dealerships across the country ...
quote: amongst the socially correct
quote: Hey, shouldn't the 'Nissan Volt' be labeled the 'Nissan Leaf'
quote: The pricing concerns became even more apparent when it was revealed that some dealerships were charging a $20,000 markup for the vehicle.
quote: the car would probably look like its made of paper and glue.
quote: What did they do to earn this big markup? Nothing. Screw them.
quote: They are just another greedy middleman that contributes nothing to the actual product that thinks it deserves most of the profits.
quote: When the Volt cost that much no one wins except the dealership!
quote: If you're the typical person you will either get NO savings from your pocketbook, even with the great mileage, because your car payment will be so high you could even lose money !
quote: They need the average American to believe
quote: Having discussed this with a lot of the people I know you have a rather twisted view of what the 'average American' thinks.
quote: I know you have a rather twisted view of what the 'average American' thinks.
quote: For GM, I would think that they should be doing a similar with all dealerships - charge MSRP or we don't renew your dealership license.
quote: However, even if the dealers are forced to keep prices at MRSP the price will jump if demand is strong enough.
quote: If the Volt sells from dealers new at $40k, why would people spend $60k on a used one?
quote: Someone else can't go to the dealership and get one, because there are no more.