GM misses Chevy Volt sales goal in 2011, Jan. 2012 also sluggish
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Sales of the Chevrolet Volt dropped sharply in January with GM only selling 603 units. Blame for the drop in sales goes to the negative publicity the Volt has received from a government safety investigation.

January 2012 turned out to be the worst month for the Volt since August, where it was only delivered to 302 customers. During the fourth quarter of 2011, GM averaged monthly sales of 1,259 units.

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GM executives say that they are unable to gauge the demand for the Chevrolet Volt until May or June due to the availability being tight and some dealers still receiving their first batch.

In 2011, a total of 7,671 Volts were sold, way short of GM’s 10,000 goal.

Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 379   miles. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Prices for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt start at $39,995 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $32,495.

- By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews


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  • Anonymous

    Face it GM.  The car is a dud with consumers.  Too expensive.  Too small.  Too inconvenient to use.  Marketed disastrously (should have been labeled a Buick not a Chevy). And now the VOLT is bringing down the entire brand.  While Toyota’s Prius U.S. sales are soaring, GM was the only vehicle manufacturer to report a drop in U.S. sales in January.
    It has gotten to the point where the GM line is double stigmatized:  First for taking the federal bail-out and now for hubris on its VOLT.

  • majari5097

    The VOLT is a success in my book.  I have over 2000 miles on my car and have only used 5 gallons of gas.  My cost to drive electrically so far comes out to about 2 cents a mile and as of this date that’s 94% of the time.  The car drives and handles terrifically.  GM builds cars with multiple fuel alternatives in their inventory.  There are many solutions to achieving a livable future, the series hybrid concept of the VOLT is a very viable option.

  • Macomberk

    majari5097 . .  . . and how much money did you spend on the car so you could say you used 5 gallons of gas?  And where do you think that electric came from?  Oh yes, ‘coal’ is correct and we all know how clean that is and how much.  Keep drinking the koolaid.

  • Anonymous

    The media hype of the un-problem problem with the Volt’s battery is disgusting. I own Volt # 1496. It is a great car, handles like a sports car, is getting 122 miles per gallon over 12,000 miles.

    An old tag line for a luxury car in the ads was “Ask The Man Who Owns One”. With a net cost of $42,000 after sales tax and the extended warranty, saving about $3,000 a year on gas (including electricity costs), after 6 years when I trade my Volt (for a new one) it will average a cost of $2,000 a year.

    So far, zero problems! What is not to like?

  • Bob

    Bullshit! The Volt is a terrific car. Every day the grid is cleaner lowering pollution from electrical generation. And before you bitch about the subsidys what do you call our never-ending oil wars. Divide the the cost of the wars over oil by the gallons we consume from overseas. There is a subsidy you idiots!

  • Daniel

    That a great answer pal to all of them out there.. !!

  • Daniel

    I hope u know that all the elec. is not from coal. The problem is people who do not have knowledge post!