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Chevrolet Volt  (Source: auto-car-news.com)

Nissan Leaf  (Source: japanesesportcars.com)
The Volt even surpassed the Nissan Leaf in October sales, but the Leaf is ahead for the year overall

General Motors Co. has announced October as the best-ever sales month for its extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, which has been struggling to beat 2011 sales targets as well as Nissan Leaf sales.

The extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle that has an EPA-rated electric range of 35 miles. It then switches to a gasoline engine. The 2011 Volt started at $41,000 and the 2012 base model price is set for $39,995. The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is all-electric with an EPA-rated 73 miles per charge. The 2011 base model sold for $32,780 while the 2012 is set for $35,200.

According to GM, it sold 1,108 Volts in October. This is a hefty increase from September, where GM only reported 723 Volt sales. This also brings GM closer to its 2011 sales goal, which is 10,000 Volts sold for the whole year. It also plans to export 6,000 Volts.

In addition, this is the first time the Volt outsold the Nissan Leaf since April, which only had 849 sales in October. The Nissan Leaf is still ahead overall for the year though, with 8,048 Leafs sold from January through October while GM has sold 5,003 Volts during the same period of time.

While October was looking good for GM's Volt, it still has a long, hard road ahead in order to meet its 2011 goals. According to The Detroit News, GM must sell 2,500 Volts per month for the last two months of 2011 in order to meet the 10,000 mark.

GM, however, remains confident that it can meet this goal. It said it has added 200 additional Volt dealers, totaling to 2,200 nationwide in 27 states. By the end of 2011, GM hopes to have 2,400 dealers in all 50 states.

"I'm going to keep pushing," said Don Johnson, GM vice president for sales.

Nissan predicts that it will meet 10,000 Leaf sales in the U.S. by the first week of 2012.

Source: The Detroit News



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RE: new age "thinking"?
By BioHazardous on 11/2/2011 1:06:20 PM , Rating: 2
Success is defined in a variety of ways. From selling 125 Volts in August to selling 1108 in October seems like a success to me. Certainly a step in the right direction to having a successful brand new series of vehicle that hasn't been produced before which also carries a hefty price tag.

http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3022-autos...

Even the top selling cars don't sell very many per month. I remember researching the Audi A3, kind of a niche car, and if I recall correctly, they were selling far less than 1000 units per month.

If sales were stagnant and inventory levels high, then you could argue that it isn't currently being successful in terms of sales.


RE: new age "thinking"?
By Spuke on 11/2/2011 1:56:03 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Even the top selling cars don't sell very many per month. I remember researching the Audi A3, kind of a niche car, and if I recall correctly, they were selling far less than 1000 units per month.
Huh? They don't? The top selling cars sell in excess of 10,000 cars per month (50,000 for the Ford F-Series...ummm that's a whole lot). Audi A3 is more than kind of niche, if it's only selling 1000 a month, then it's definitely a very niche product.


RE: new age "thinking"?
By Keeir on 11/2/2011 2:50:58 PM , Rating: 3
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inventory levels high


Yep there is the key right there. Volt inventory levels are not high. Volt is selling as fast as they can make them pretty much.

That's "success". Sell as many as you want to make.


RE: new age "thinking"?
By Dr of crap on 11/2/2011 3:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
They don't build them fast with no demand for them and the profit at almost nill!

Don't want to big an inventory if you can't sell them!


RE: new age "thinking"?
By Keeir on 11/2/2011 4:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
Man, I doubt you have ever worked with a long supply line.

You simply can not press button and Volt/Car production jumps. A careful plan must be made months ahead of any production increases.

Right now the plan calls for the 2012 type models to move to 60,000 a year production split between Europe and the USA. Lets see if they can sell 20,000 a year in the US. Thats about the amount the Mini Cooper sells.


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