2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Not Be Sold In Australia Or Europe

2 years ago by Mark Kane 35

Holden Volt

Holden Volt

Holden Volt

Holden Volt

Chevrolet Volt, introduced on the market in late 2010, was available not only in North America, but also in Australia as the Holden Volt and in Europe as the Opel Ampera, Chevrolet Volt & Vauxhall Ampera (UK).

Sadly, the new generation Volt will not be available outside of North America, according to the latest news reports.

UPDATE: Turns out that the 2016 Volt will be sold in South Korea, as confirmed by General Motors.

Holden confirmed the end of the road for the Volt in Australia (there will be no right-hand drive configuration). Earlier, Opel also pulled the plug. Sales on both markets were very low (some 10 units YTD in Australia and probably not a whole lot more in Europe – for example 8 in Germany).

Of course Holden and Opel will still service their products.

Kate Lonsdale, a Holden spokesperson said:

Little Known Fact:  All Opel Ampera Ads Are Legally Required To Have Windmills Somewhere In The Ad Copy

Opel Ampera

“Current generation Volt production has now ceased however Holden is committed to supporting Volt customers and will ensure specialist Holden Volt Service Centres will continue to be comprehensively trained to complete the highest quality servicing,”

“Service centres will also retain access to the complete range of Holden Volt genuine parts.”

Speculations is arising that Opel and Holden will wait a few years for their next plug-in model – maybe an all-electric Bolt. Bolt already was designed in Australia, and Opel promised “we’ll introduce a successor product in the electric vehicle segment“.

Source: GM Authority

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35 responses to "2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Not Be Sold In Australia Or Europe"

  1. Just_Chris says:

    It’s really sad to see this happen, especially since Australia has a really good technical ev pedigree with the aXcess Australia, the eCommodore (which is really not that far from a Chevy Volt) and of course the Bolt. Very sad, I wish people here were just a little bit less conservative.

    Holden didn’t help by pricing the Volt out of the market but I think a lot of people here are really happy with their commodores even if they do 12 mpg.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      I think Australia has absolutely no plug-in incentive at all. They need to toss that Tony Abbott idiot out of office ASAP.

      1. Miggy says:

        You are correct, No plug-in incentives at all in Australia or New Zealand. The Volt was priced at A$60,000 in Australia and NZ$85,000 in New Zealand. The price is the main reason for the poor sales.

  2. Daniel says:

    Unless the 16 Volt begins selling greater in numbers originally projected for Gen1, Then we’ll see where they decide to sell it.

  3. ffbj says:

    The stronger dollar might have influenced their decision.

    1. Nix says:

      Painful exchange rates, plus the now quadruple-dip recession in many regions within the EU certainly would make me think twice about selling anything expensive in the EU right now.

      The only EU nation with a firm economy (Germany) also happens to be the worst market for foreign EV’s, with plenty of their own PHEV’s and EV’s being released from the German car companies making competition for the Volt/Ampera even tougher.

      Australia’s anti-green political environment makes it a bad place to bet on too.

      I agree that this is more an economic decision than anything else.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Compliance with WHAT? I don’t think it earns CARB ZEV credits.

      1. Londo Bell says:

        2 things:

        1. Federal fuel efficiency requirement;
        2. GM has stated repeatedly that the new model will be targeted mostly for CA.

        Thus, not exactly a compliance car per se…but very close to that (sort of like the Focus Electric).

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “Federal fuel efficiency requirement;”

          Same can be said for just about all BEVs…

          LOL.

      2. Nix says:

        The last I knew, GM could satisfy up to 50% of their ZEV credit mandate with “Enhanced AT-PZEV” credits they get from the Volt. The other half of their ZEV credits had to come from pure EV’s or H2 Fuel Cells, etc.

        GM builds a special version of the Volt with an emissions package for CARB ZEV markets that earns them ZEV credits:

        “LOW EMISSIONS PACKAGE (ENHANCED AT-PZEV EMISSIONS) (Included and only available with California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey or New York state orders with (YF5) emissions or (NE1) emissions.) (PCV)”

        The last I knew, it was something like 2 ZEV credits per Volt as a “TZEV: Transitional zero-emission vehicle”. But things keep changing with the CARB ZEV credits so it is hard to keep up with what is happening now.

    2. pjwood1 says:

      In the same way the United States did not adopt as much diesel as Europe hoped, a preference for PHEV/BEV might be cultural. I’ll go with that.

  4. Absidu says:

    Considering current european ev/phev growth rate seems like very controvercial decision. Voltec2 technology is really superior.

    1. Daniel says:

      Only to those forward thinking enough to see the benefits of the Volt. Seems to me like the average person I see in the streets could care less. The car has to offer more than impressive technology. It must also be compelling.

    2. Mikael says:

      In an inferior car, brand and at a very high price it doesn’t matter if the drivetrain is great.

      If they would put it in the Opel Astra or something like that instead.

  5. LuStuccc says:

    Compliance car

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      1. You are biased.
      2. Volt doesn’t get compliance credits and it sells nationwide.
      3. Volt doesn’t get any incentives outside of North America so no incentives to sell as it shows.
      4. By your dumb logic, is Chevy Suburban a compliance car too?

    2. Speculawyer says:

      Compliance car?!?!? Compliance with WHAT?

      1. Londo Bell says:

        2 things:

        1. Federal fuel efficiency requirement;
        2. GM has stated repeatedly that the new model will be targeted mostly for CA.

        Thus, not exactly a compliance car per se…but very close to that (sort of like the Focus Electric).

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “1. Federal fuel efficiency requirement;
          2. GM has stated repeatedly that the new model will be targeted mostly for CA.”

          1. All EVs fit your category 1.
          2. Target just means the right allocation. It seems that rest of the country don’t buy Volt anyway. This is no different from Nissan only target those areas that have high EV sales with marketing and inventory…

  6. Speculawyer says:

    I think the Volt will be sold outside of the USA eventually. Just not right now. Gas is cheap and they are just getting it restarted.

    I still don’t see why it doesn’t sell well in Europe. They’ve got such high gas prices, you’d think they’d figure out that driving on electricity most of the time would save them lots of money.

    1. wavelet says:

      ++
      The above “compliance car” seems silly…
      GM appears to going for a mass-market car with the gen2… So it will certainly be available in other markets, but a bit later.

      Since production will still be battery-constrained for the near future, they have two choices: (a) attempt to satisfy as much of they can of the NA market, or (b) allocate sales per country/region.
      Looks they’re doing (b) for now, and once battery production ramps, they can go to other markets.
      A RHD version will probably be last.

    2. PVH says:

      Part of the reply to that stand in three letters: “TDI”. Direct injection turbo diesel engines. I am a typical example, I own one an my mixed city/road average consumption is 6 liters/100km (47 miles per gallon). I follow EV’s progress with much interest but as a “mainstream car user” it will take long before I trade my TDI for an EV or PHEV. They would need to go down in price quite a bit and increase in range. To many here TDI’s still are the ultimate driving machine, quite powerful on a sip of diesel. Huge range also. For environemental awareness I would still rather use public transportation or bicycle for city driving than by buy an EV considering currently available technology and its pricing.

      1. PVH says:

        To emphasize this a bit futher, state of the art TDI such as audi 3.0 TDI engine. Cars equiped with this engine have a electronicaly limited top speed of 250 km/h but still will sip so little diesel on highway (47 mpg at 85 mph) with a range of approx. 700 miles . This is the local Tesla killer as they come much cheaper. This partly explains the current 1% market penetration of the EV’s. Then of course diesel is bad for environement but incentive will need to come from EU governments, a bit Chinese style. However their are very few cities with real air pollution issues here. Paris is one.

  7. kdawg says:

    Will the Malibu Hybrid be sold in these places? At least they can get Voltec that way.

    1. Martin T says:

      Malibu was a flop in Australia, old Engine and couldn’t compete against competition.
      Doubt very much they will sell the Malibu which would have been a smart move along side the Volt.
      Most dealers have had enough and handed back their Volt tools etc.
      All very sad for what should have been a new growing segment for GM in Australia.

  8. Paul says:

    This is sad news. In Holland, for instance, plug-in hybrids sell very well and the Volt 2 fits perfectly. And Opel is still rather popular there. But for some time now Opel is trying to be a premium mark (in France for instance the make ads about Opel being “German”) in a try to be head on with Audi. Which is, historically, nonsense. Opel has always been somewhere in between Volkswagen and Renault. But because of this premium idea, they made the Opel Ampera (= Volt) too expensive, relative to the US and and relative to what Opel stands for.

    So there was and is nothing wrong with the Volt/Ampera in Europe, just the price.

    1. Ricardo says:

      True, Ampera is too expensive in Portugal as well. To be honest, I very much doubt it can compete against a good old fashioned TDI (pure economic view). I hope the Bolt doesn’t have the same fate.

  9. PVH says:

    When I read this what comes to my mind is that it is such a shame Toyota does not have a new Prius model around the corner with a rather large (15Kwh or so) Li-ion battery. Their problem is that their engineers always claimed that li-ion batteries were unsafe for cars. They were wrong of course and it seems so hard for them to back pedal on this. Now for GM decision, one should check the volt 1 sale numbers outside USA. Maybe not significant enough to bother. Anyway, it all comes down to battery energy density. As long as established car makers are not using li-ion batteries with at least 240Wh/kg at pack level (as Tesla does if I am not mistaken) I do not think we should expect wonders from them (too short ranges, thus not attractive enough to mainstream customers to justify production in large numbers).

  10. Martin T says:

    GM Holden gives up on electric cars in Australia ! After selling only 250 Volts
    So my Volt I dearly love is a rare classic now.

    They will NOT be importing V2 (thank goodness – dam common ugly) ironically because GM can’t make RHD! – WHAT ?

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business…-1227321791823

    I was at both Toyota and Mazda in Japan the other week and funny enough they run LH / RH Mixed model and specific country versions down the same line and What GM can’t ? after spending years copying the Toyota production system in Californian’s NUMMI plant for years.

    GM get it together will you !
    Ford will have a RHD Mustang shortly in Australia and GM will have crickets chirping in the gravel car parks !

    It wasn’t for the fact I so dearly love the way my Volt drives / works and looks & reasonable servicing, I would have sold it at a loss and bought some Japanese or German hybrid instead.

    Just sad that GM had a world leading / futuristic car in the Volt and can’t make a go of it outside of North America.

    So when I go to buy my next vehicle I wonder what brand it will be?
    Will GM be relevant at all in Australia in the future ?

    Interesting times indeed – how companies with a brilliant new innovative product line can make a hash of it so quickly.

    I do so wish there was more support for electric vehicles in Australia and around the globe, but fear Hydrogen fuel will be the only place where both governments and fuel companies can both keep & make a killing of the average motorists wallet.

    Wonder why all the Japanese vehicle manufactures I visited have already in production or have advanced plans for fuel cell vehicles?
    Japanese government has already called it, watch the hydrogen BS spread to keep the status quo system happy.

    We need advanced batteries with higher densities now – before we all taken for an energy inefficient and expensive Hydrogen fuel ride in the future.

    I call it how I see it.
    GM brand isn’t desirable enough outside North America and they haven’t got the guts to stick it out long Toyota did with the Prius & they didn’t have a cut price Volt to sell to Eco car buyer that so desperately wanted one – but ran when they saw the Australian sticker price.

    GM Face palm moment once again.

  11. Will says:

    Ampera was bound to flop in the UK, as it retailed almost as much as a leaf.

  12. usbseawolf2000 says:

    This should open up some eyes on the true cost of Volt without the government incentives.

    Here at the US, there are so many incentives starting from R&D, production, sales tax credit, etc, all the way to free electricity to drive it.

    It is all good but we can’t expect the rest of the world to do the same.

    1. Paul says:

      The whole plug-in hybrid boom in Holland is caused by very high incentives. It was just the Ampera that was not selling. But as I said: the reason, even with the incentives, was the price. Other PHEVs were much more interesting for what they offered for their price, like the Outlander, the Golf GTE and the Volvo V60.

  13. Seth says:

    Not so sure about those numbers, there are close to 5000 Opel Ampera cars in .nl alone.

    http://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/duurzaam-ondernemen/energie-en-milieu-innovaties/elektrisch-rijden/stand-van-zaken/cijfers

  14. krona2k says:

    In my opinion the issues with the gen 1 left hand drive versions were cost and lack of advertising/enthusiasm.

    So now they’ve managed to reduce the cost to make gen 2 they’ve cancelled the right hand driver versions. Genius.