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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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RE: It Burns a Hole in the Pocket
By Nfarce on 9/2/2010 1:30:16 PM , Rating: 3
If you are talking about America's attitude of our own car manufacturers in the 1990s and even early '00s you'd be correct (many of us were just plain too stupid to know what junk was in the 1980s - and GM, Ford, and Chrysler build JUNK back then). However, the last five years or so have seen a tremendous reversal of this (even though car sales have tanked with the economy).

The fact that Toyota has had quality control problems in recent years hasn't hurt either (a friend's 2007 Sienna minivan had the A/C go out with just 45,000 miles on the clock - and it's a known issue).

And to be quite honest, I haven't been impressed with the quality of either BMW or Mercedes lately either (my brother in law's 2006 C320 ragtop had the transmission fail at 50,000 miles).


RE: It Burns a Hole in the Pocket
By Spuke on 9/2/2010 2:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why I was rated down. I posted sales numbers to show Americans DO like American cars as there's quite a few on that list.


RE: It Burns a Hole in the Pocket
By Nfarce on 9/2/2010 4:10:18 PM , Rating: 4
Well, that tends to happen when speaking the truth on DT forums sometimes. Especially if it goes against the grain of someone's belief or argument.


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