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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.
 

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It is the dealers. I'm in market for a new gen 2 (for my wife) there is exactly 1 within 150 miles of me equipped the way I want. It is hard to buy a car when a dealer doesn't have it and you can't lock in a price (with incentives) when ordering one.
 

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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.
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.
 

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I know its been talked about plenty of times, but I just think that people don't know anything about it and/or don't understand it. My Dad is an old muscle car gearhead guy. I explained it all to him 3-4 times.....he didn't get it. Then I took him for a ride and talked him into driving it. After that, and showing him the hard data numbers from my driving the past week+, I think it finally clicked. He was pretty impressed....still skeptical, but impressed. I work with a whole building full of mechanical and electrical engineers (many who drive 30-50 miles each way), no one I've talked to understands how it works or how nice it drives. They show interest, but most really know nothing about it. I've been doing my best to hand out the kool-aid to anyone who takes the time to listen, but overall I can tell it still gets dismissed by most. The ones who take the time to really listen and understand are blown away and also don't understand why Chevy isn't doing everything they can to get the Volt out there in the mainstream.

Could be that they just aren't making money on them, so there is no incentive to sell them. If the margins are small, they would be better off spending their time selling high margin pickups and SUVs.....and thats apparently what people want anyway. Damn shame....I'm enjoying the hell out of mine.
 

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I see these numbers as evidence that the new tech is growing slowly, but steadily. To date, this is the highest sales the Volt has ever seen. With no sales promotion by GM, the facts are slowly beginning to be understood.
 

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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.

Fiesta -28%
Focus -13%
C-Max -7%

Sonic -21%
Cruze -33%

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)

https://media.ford.com/content/dam/fordmedia/North America/US/2016/08/2/July-2016-Sales-Release-and-Charts.pdf
http://www.gm.com/content/dam/gm/mol/docs/Deliveries-July-2016.pdf

Also, isn't the Volt no longer getting HOV stickers in CA? If correct that is another headwind.
 

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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.
 

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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'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... :(

On the plus side, inventory here in Vancouver Canada has never been better. There have been something like six to a dozen new Volts being posted on Craigslist for a few months now, and I just saw the first one with ACC posted (although the dealer doesn't seem to have a clue about the ACC - it isn't in the options list but I recognized the distinctive grill).
 

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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.

Fiesta -28%
Focus -13%
C-Max -7%

Sonic -21%
Cruze -33%

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)

https://media.ford.com/content/dam/fordmedia/North America/US/2016/08/2/July-2016-Sales-Release-and-Charts.pdf
http://www.gm.com/content/dam/gm/mol/docs/Deliveries-July-2016.pdf

Also, isn't the Volt no longer getting HOV stickers in CA? If correct that is another headwind.
I wonder if sales of Leaf, Prius, and Teslas have also declined comparably.
 

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I wonder if sales of Leaf, Prius, and Teslas have also declined comparably.
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.

But wow.... 20 Mitsubishi i-MiEV!!! That's as many has the previous 6 months combined for them. And I can't believe I've seen 2 different ones.
 

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Here are the year to date numbers for LEAF and Prius. They are having tough times too.

LEAF -38% (July only down 10%)
http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-group-reports-july-2016-u-s-sales

All Prius -26% (July -29%)
Toyota Prius Sedan -11% (July -11%)
Toyota Prius V (only) -48% (July -48%)
Toyota Prius C (only) -42% (July -60%)
Toyota Prius Phv (only) -99% (-99%)
http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota-july-2016-sales-chart.htm

Tesla appears to only report quarterly and don't include comparisons in the press release.
http://ir.tesla.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=978031
 

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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).
 

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Considering the headwinds, I think these sales numbers are very good. The number of choices in plug-ins has exploded since the Volt debuted, when there were just the Volt and the Leaf. There are now two dozen plug-in models to choose from in the US.
 

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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).
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.

These are ytd through July:
Total Ford up 3.5%
Total GM -4%
(But retail sales up 1.9% (gm planned to pull back heavily on car rental sales to increase margins so total drop was planned))
Total FCA up 4% (http://www.fcausllc.com/Investor/PressReleases/sales/ChryslerDocuments/FCAUS_Sales_2016Aug02.pdf)
Total Nissan up 7%
Total Toyota -2.5%

US Market YTD through June 2015 8.5 Million Vehicles
US Market YTD through June 2016 8.6 Million Vehicles
http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2012/10/usa-auto-industry-total-sales-figures.html
 

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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 .

http://fortune.com/2016/06/24/negative-interest-rates/

Income growth (outside the 1% who have been the ones reaping huge gains) is finally starting to kick in as there is some positive movement in wages and, due to low unemployment, people are leaving jobs for higher paying ones.

BTW, outside of Japan, negative interest rates are focused on increasing business investment not consumer spending. Corporate tills are where billions are stashed, not in the 99% bank accounts.
 
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