True, also helped that the car has been changed, remember, the Volt was introduced in 2010!! and this is its first real makeover.https://www.gm.com/investors/sales/us-sales-production.html
Up 83% compared to last year. 20% sale definitely helped.
GM is not going to push the Volt in the USA. They would just eat into the 200,000. They have the Bolt coming and they'd much rather sell a Bolt rather than a Volt. Now, if CARB changed their mind and allowed the Volt Gen 2 to be a BEVx, GM would be much more enthusiastic.2406 is a solid number. But I am still finding it hard to believe that even with North American inventory over 5,000 cars they can't sell more than 3,000 a month. The Gen II Volt is a very nice car. If increased inventory isn't moving the bar, maybe price will. There are a lot of car buyers that simply won't consider a small Chevy, especially if the MSRP is over $30k. 20% off is nice, but non-car people look at the MSRP and think that is the deal.
We know the car is worth it, but most people haven't got a clue.
GM made their bed by selling poor quality cars for years, and now they will have to sleep in it.
I'm definitely holding back. I was very disappointed in the rear seat and rear visibility of the Gen2 Volt, and when I found out that I "only" had to wait a year for a Bolt I decided to put my eggs in that basket. It's a tough wait, though...Regardless of how they did it 2400+ new Volts sold is a pretty solid month. And yes I bet the pending Bolt release is holding back some sales.
I wonder if sales of Leaf, Prius, and Teslas have also declined comparably.My longer post got eaten. Sigh.
Low fuel prices are putting a double whammy on the Volt. First, it makes other larger vehicles more attractive. Second, similarly sized cars are being heavily discounted due to rapidly falling sales.
Note, however, that the Volt has beaten the C-Max (hybrid plus Energi) in sales year to date, 12,214 to 12,135 and that this is the BEST sales year to date ever for the Volt (closest was 2013 at 11,643)
Also, isn't the Volt no longer getting HOV stickers in CA? If correct that is another headwind.
The insideevs scorecard is about halfway populated... Leaf about 1,000 for July so they probably are not too happy about selling less than half of the Volt number.I wonder if sales of Leaf, Prius, and Teslas have also declined comparably.
When there are no money to spend, they can always present negative interest spending, the final result will be the sameIt's the economy . We've had very little growth in 8 years and income levels have dropped nationally . The Central Bank is considering negative interest to encourage more consumer spending .
No, your understanding is not correct. The auto market as a whole is just about level with last year. There is a huge surge in pickups and SUVs that is offsetting almost all of the auto sales drop.My understanding is the auto market as a whole has declined, so those low sales numbers might just be a manifestation of that. Even though the Volt is best-in-class, it is in an extremely competitive market (one that the Prius still dominates).
It's the economy . We've had very little growth in 8 years and income levels have dropped nationally . The Central Bank is considering negative interest to encourage more consumer spending .