August to be Chevrolet Volt's Best Sales Month Yet
August 30, 2012 8:59 AM
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Over 2,500 volts sold in August
Things are starting to look up for General Motors and the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle. The
has scored its biggest sales month ever during August. Chevrolet was able to sell more than 2,500 of the plug-in vehicles according to GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho.
"We are seeing sales momentum continuing to build for the Volt, especially in key markets — California, Michigan, Illinois and Florida," she said.
"We're starting to see other markets grow, as well. As with a lot of first-generation technologies, it takes time to build customer awareness."
Prior to August, the best sales month ever for the Volt was March with 2,289 units sold. Cumulative sales for the Volt in 2012 are coming very close to the sales numbers Toyota put up with its Prius hybrid in its second year of production. Toyota was able to move 15,600 Prius vehicles for all of 2001, the second-year that car was available. Through August, 13,300 Volts have been sold.
GM also announced that it would stop production of the Volt at its Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant for four weeks while the plant retools. GM says that the company built ahead for Volt production anticipating the shutdown and will have enough vehicles on hand to meet customer demand. The assembly line will close down on September 17 through October 15, as GM gets ready for production of the
2014 Chevrolet Impala
to begin at the plant.
Chevrolet Volt [Image Source: TECHVEHI]
This plant has been idled two times this year already
due to low demand for the Volt
. At least this time demand is remaining high. General Motors sold 10,666 Volt automobiles during the first seven months of 2012. That is a 270% increase from the same span of 2011.
GM had previously forecast the sale of 45,000 Volts for 2012 and abandoned that number saying instead that it would match supply to demand.
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RE: And yet
8/30/2012 5:09:09 PM
It's just amazing how such a clearly bad situation is painted as being great by the media and other Liberals when it comes to the Volt.
By any objective standard, this car has fallen flat on it's face. The Volt is probably the most hyped car that's ever been made, at least in this country. And the average consumer could give a flip.
In the eyes of the average American, it's basically a Cruze Eco for the price of a BMW! Gee I wonder why it's not selling?
RE: And yet
8/30/2012 6:00:44 PM
Yup, it would be tough to drop the cash for a volt when you can get a super fuel efficient BMW 3 for the same price.
RE: And yet
8/30/2012 8:11:31 PM
I suspect the average consumer has no clue this was built on the Cruze platform. Moreover, the media jumped all over this thing when sales were in the hundreds per month. It's a failure. It was paid for by government money, etc, etc.
Momentum and trends are more important than an unrealistic sales number from accounting. I still don't get why they estimate so high on new cars -- especially a moonshot like the Volt. That number is wrong 9 times out of 10 by every automaker.
If GM said they were expecting to sell 1000 units and they sold 15000, would you call that a success? No, then why the fuck do you care what they were expecting to sell. Sales are creeping up and you can bet GM is paying attention to that.
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