Update: Cadillac ELR Plug-in Hybrid "Sales Fail" Continues, Dealers Offering Up to $19k Off
July 11, 2014 3:34 PM
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GM has only sold 390 ELRs so far this year
Many people laughed out loud when General Motors
priced its Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid car at $75,000
. The laughter grew even louder when GM pitched the ELR as a logical competitor to the
BMW 6-Series Grand Coupe
Well, there was definitely no laughter coming from GM once the
dismal sales numbers for the coupe started rolling in
. Through April 2014, only 241 ELRs were sold. Through June 2014, that number had only risen to 390 vehicles. GM was so desperate to move the vehicles that it offered $5,000 in incentives (per vehicle) just to get people to test drive the car along with $3,000 in incentives for buyers and lessees.
Today, we’re hearing about even more bad news for GM with regards to the ELR — or good news if you’re still in the market to purchase one.
is reporting that one Cadillac dealership in Maryland is offering up to $13,600 in discounts on the ELRs just to get them off the lot.
Likewise, dealerships in Austin, Texas and Bradenton, Florida are offering up to $12,000 off the vehicle. Also keep in mind that the a $7,500 federal tax credit is still in effect (if you qualify) in addition to various state credits/rebates that are available. Combine the $7,500 federal tax credit with the $13,600 discount from the Maryland dealership, and you’re looking at over a $20,000 price cut on a vehicle that hasn’t even been on the market for a full year yet.
As some of our commenters have pointed out, $55,000 is probably still too much to pay in their minds for what is
essentially rebodied Chevrolet Volt
with a plush interior.
While GM is still struggling to find buyers for its ELR, Tesla Motors is having no trouble selling its $69,000+ Model S electric sedan. For Q1 2014,
Tesla sold 6,457 Model S sedans
and is expecting global deliveries of 35,000 vehicles for all of 2014.
Updated 7/11/2014 @ 3:34PM
Cadillac dealership in Ellicot City, MD
is actually offering up to $18,985 off new ELRs, which is actually quite... shocking.
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7/10/2014 11:08:55 PM
So they took a questionably successful car (which suffers from crazy fast depreciation), beat it with an ugly stick, and then added $40k to the price, and expected it to sell?
This thing costs $10k more than a Tesla Model S, but has only 18% as much electric range....
7/11/2014 5:36:24 AM
Not when you look at what is standard equipment on the ELR vs what is standard on the Model S. Hell, you need to pony up an additional $3750 to get GPS navigation. Plus your are losing approx. 60 miles off the range if you go with the base model. The much praised Supercharger? $2000 extra. The Model S is a nice car, but don't let the base model price fool you. No one is buying the crippled version.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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