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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 Volt 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.

Sources: The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press



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iGnorance is a bliss or is it?
By Lisbona on 8/30/2012 9:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
Chevy Volt is not your average car (vehicle) if you please. When you think and see Volt you deal with extraordinary piece of American engineering and know-how that many domestic and foreign car maker won't much any time soon (BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Honda, etc. are slowly reverse engineering Volt now and I leave you to ponder why is that) so ranting about this car and cars of that class is like advising someone to pass on engineering degree form MIT (you feel me geniuses). Fact that Marketing Department (Least competent but most influential department in car making industry) gave go ahead for Volt deserves big thumbs-up.
Enjoy ingenuity and diversity in car industry and let technologies serve us consumers in the best possible way. But remember we need to hold us to highest possible standards because if we didn't we'd sill be driving cars making 5 mpg, without seat belts, safety glass or crushable safety chassis.

Thanks for reading if any ... and good lack in your research quests 'cause there is nothing more discouraging like no quest ...




RE: iGnorance is a bliss or is it?
By Jeffk464 on 8/30/2012 11:55:51 PM , Rating: 2
You sure the platform/chassis was engineered in the US?


RE: iGnorance is a bliss or is it?
By Lisbona on 8/31/2012 6:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
Purpose of shared platforms and chassis in modern car making serves different purpose (short development and production process of new cars, better profit margins and maybe less expensive end product for us consumers). When it comes to Volt it is something else completely that makes this vehicle tick.

And yes this platform was developed by GM Global Vehicle Development that includes US, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.


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