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Volt construction starts November 11
Dealers will find out how many they will get on November 17

One of the most anticipated green vehicles around is the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is an extended range hybrid vehicle that runs all the time on electric power. The gasoline engine is only used to produce electricity to run the car when the batteries lack sufficient power alone.

Translogic reports that the Chevy Volt is set to go into production on November 11. So far, the launch date of the Volt is said to be in November based on people familiar with the schedule. Dealer allocation is set to be posted on November 17. Dealer allocation will let dealers in the initial launch areas of California, Michigan, and Washington D.C. know how many Volts they can expect on the lot.

GM plans to build 10,000 volts by the end of 2011 and then up that number to 30,000 units in 2012. At that level of production, the plant where the Volt is built will be producing 24 finished vehicles per day. GM finally offered the official price for the Volt in July pricing the car at $41,000 (before a $7,500 tax credit). Some dealers who will be selling the Volt immediately started adding "market adjustments" to the MSRP of the Volt bringing the price up to $61,000 after markup.

With some dealers tacking $20,000 onto the already high MSRP of the Volt, AutoNation, which owns 230 dealerships around the country, told its 27 Chevrolet dealers that they will sell the Volt at MSRP or face contract termination. GM has made no official statements on the possibility of dealers charging much more than MSRP for the vehicles.

Market adjustments are not uncommon in the automotive industry. Ford dealerships routinely add thousands of dollars to the price of the Shelby GT500 and the PT Cruiser saw plenty of dealer markup early in its life when it was actually popular.



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Tesla Model S
By IntelUser2000 on 9/2/2010 10:10:21 AM , Rating: 0
Who agrees the Tesla Model S is better than this GM model in every way?

Even if it sells at $41,000 without the mark up price by the dealerships, the Model S is $9,000 more but justifies it by being complete electric and targeted at luxury car buyers.

Who's the Volt going to be targeting at this insane price? Eco-conscious people, and irrational fuel-savers that only look at fuel costs and not the hefty initial price. Oh, and add celebrities too.

If Tesla can sell the Model S without the mark up, execute its plans, and if GM dealerships sell the Volt for $50k, saying the Volt will be slaughtered is an understatement.




RE: Tesla Model S
By xprojected on 9/2/2010 10:18:49 AM , Rating: 1
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If Tesla can sell the Model S without the mark up, execute its plans


Dream on.

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Eco-conscious people, and irrational fuel-savers that only look at fuel costs and not the hefty initial price. Oh, and add celebrities too.


Precisely who bought the Tesla Roadster.


RE: Tesla Model S
By MrTeal on 9/2/2010 11:02:52 AM , Rating: 3
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If Tesla can sell the Model S without the mark up, execute its plans, and if GM dealerships sell the Volt for $50k, saying the Volt will be slaughtered is an understatement.


And if I could only fly and shoot laser beams out my ass, I would have half the world subjugated by now. Of course if the nearly bankrupt company manages to produce its woefully behind schedule and over-budget car on time, and deliver enough into the channel from production infrastructure that's never been tested that there is no markup, and nothing else changes in the market, it will have a chance to outsell the Volt, assuming the Volt sells for $20,000 over markup.


RE: Tesla Model S
By tallguywithglasseson on 9/2/2010 1:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
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Even if it sells at $41,000 without the mark up price by the dealerships, the Model S is $9,000 more but justifies it by being complete electric and targeted at luxury car buyers.


Your numbers are a bit goofy.

The Model S's oft advertised price of $49,000 includes the federal tax credit of $7500 - which the Volt is also eligible for.

So the base Model S is $57,400 vs. $41,000 for the Volt [without the markup] - a price difference of more than $16,000.

If you're using the $49,000 price for the Model S, the correct comparative number for the Volt would be $34,000 -- just to make it apples-to-apples.

As far as which car is better, the Model S surely wins on looks, and probably most other categories, but it does have a more limited range - 160 miles for the base model, then hope to find a quick-charge station or have some time on your hands.

Personally I'd love to have a Model S for driving around town. But then, there are lots of things I'd love to have.


RE: Tesla Model S
By Spuke on 9/2/2010 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 1
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Personally I'd love to have a Model S for driving around town. But then, there are lots of things I'd love to have.
LOL! Now why did you get rated down? Must be a lot of cowards reading today. Or someone's bro in law works at the Tesla plant.


RE: Tesla Model S
By gregpet on 9/2/2010 1:25:20 PM , Rating: 2
First- The Tesla S is a paper vehicle so come back when they actually build one for sale...

Second- You still have range anxiety with pure electric (no extender). You also can't get around the fact that (at a minimum) it takes 4+ hours to recharge (probably a lot longer).

You can hate GM for any number of reasons but give credit where it is do. The Volt is the first car that can run pure electric 90% of the time and still be available for cross country travel.


RE: Tesla Model S
By Dr of crap on 9/3/2010 9:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
SO WHAT. Why is that brought up so much.
"It runs on battery power if UNDER 40 miles, but can go cross country."
It is NOT a breakthrough car. It is so like a Prius.
There is no NEW nothing to the Volt. Why would you pay extra for the Volt. The Prus is under $30K.

Not that I would buy a Prius, but the comparision is so obvious.
And you fall for the GM marketing in that this is some NEW innovation - it's not!
It's a hybrid - simple as that.

Give me a diesel or gas powered car that gets over 50 mpg any day. And yes they do exist!


RE: Tesla Model S
By gregpet on 9/3/2010 2:02:13 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately you are just mis-informed (or worse)...

The Prius starts burning gas the second you go over 15 MPH (or there abouts). The Volt doesn't burn anything until you use up your 40 mile range (which most people won't do in a typical day)...Why is this so complicated for you?

AND there is everyting new about a Volt. It is a pure electric with range extender - the Prius is a gas powered car with a pusher electric motor attached...

The bottom line is you don't see anyone (accept you) comparing the Volt to a prius b/c it is a completely different car. You see comparisons to a leaf because they are both electric (although with leaf you have to worry about range since you don't have the extender)...


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