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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: declining returns on publicity
By RDO CA on 11/2/2011 4:37:05 PM , Rating: 2
The Volt has a 9.3 gal tank and an EPA rating of 37 MPG but most owners at about 70MPH are getting 40MPG.
The Volt gets about 40 miles on a charge and about 350 more on gas. The gas engine runs the car electrically after the batt. gets down to its lower buffer of about 20% of the total 16KWH. If put in Mountain mode it will increase the buffer to about 40% and if you are below that number it will actually charge the battery up to that point.
I have a Volt with 4400 miles and have used 2.4 gal of gas and almost a gal of that was used by the dealer preping the car.
Great car and not much forign oil used and well done. It has good pep as the electric motors have full torque at 0 rpm and alot of tech built in like the hhd/nav/onstar/etc.
It can charge with reg. 110v in about 9 hrs. or 3/4hrs. if you have 240v.
Go test drive one and I think most will be impressed.

As far as numbers sold GM is ramping up to make 60k for the 2012 cal year globably.

RE: declining returns on publicity
By Natch on 11/3/2011 8:21:16 AM , Rating: 2
So I wonder, if a person uses theirs for majority short-haul driving (thus negating the use of the gasoline engine, since they can simply plug it in to recharge), how long before they start seeing the unused gasoline in their tank start to break down, gum up, and negatively effect their fuel system?
Might be a good idea to take the car out for a long drive every so often, just to burn out some of the gasoline in the tank, and refresh it with new fuel.

RE: declining returns on publicity
By gregpet on 11/3/2011 1:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
The car keeps track of this and runs the engine occasionally to make sure the engine and gas stay in good shape. This is also one of the reasons that the car requires premium gas.

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