Chevrolet Volt Sales in U.S. Surge To All-Time High In December: Year In Review

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Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. - December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – December 2016

The Chevrolet Volt set its all-time sales record in U.S. last month, at 3,691, which was up 75% year-over-year. The huge month passed the previous benchmark set way back in August of 2014 (when 3,351 were sold).

Chevy Volt sales hit record high for the 2ng gen model in November (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)

Chevy Volt (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet)

Notably, the December sales surge also gave the Volt a very healthy 1.7% share in overall Chevrolet car sales.

For full year 2016, Chevrolet sold 24,739 Volts (a new all-time record as well, passing 2012’s result of 23,461 sold),  61% more than year ago – mostly against its former/first generation self.

Looking ahead it would seem the Volt is well positioned to have another record breaking year.

However, there is another train of thought that says when the Chevy Bolt EV is stocked in inventory beside the Volt, GM’s original plug-in may find some ‘in-showroom’ competition.  But then again, perhaps they will be complementary products.  Only time will answer this question – see you next year!

Graph below: We present more than six years of Volt sales date in the U.S., charting the path from zero to nearly 113,500 sales…and still the best selling plug-in for America

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. - December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. - December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. - December 2016

Chevrolet Volt sales in U.S. – December 2016

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28 responses to "Chevrolet Volt Sales in U.S. Surge To All-Time High In December: Year In Review"

  1. mx says:

    The Volt is the sexier car, a better highway cruiser too. And most people will never need to charge away from home most days. For rural states, it’s the best option.

    1. Assaf says:

      +1. The two complement each other. The main question is whether the message will seep down to dealerships, which have (to my knowledge) been the weakest link in the Volt marketing chain.

      It is also encouraging to hear Mary Barra saying clearly that the Bolt will be used as a platform car, unlike Nissan’s approach of sitting on the one BEV model for 7+ years with no expansion to other car types (except for a low-volume light commercial available only in Europe).

      1. BenG says:

        While GM has now clearly surpassed Nissan, both companies developed an initial plug-in vehicle and effectively ‘sat on it’. The ELR was barely more than a token expansion of the Voltec drivetrain, no more than the e-NV200 that Nissan offered in other markets. If you consider Nissan’s investment and alliance with Renault, there’s quite a few other EVs to consider.

        And I expect Nissan to surge back into the fray mid-year with a Gen 2 Leaf and other plug-in options under their own nameplate and in collaboration/alliance/co-ownership with Renault and Mitsubishi.

        1. Stuart22 says:

          The Gen 2 Volt blows away any notion that GM developed the Gen 1 Volt and then “sat on it”. Nissan with the LEAf – you are right.

          1. David Murray says:

            Well, I am not so sure. While the Gen-2 is a marvel of technology (as was the Gen-1) the fact remains that GM and its dealers aren’t committed to selling any large number of them, which is clear with the lack of advertising. But also, they could have been putting that same technology into some of the other vehicles, and yet haven’t.

            1. Corey340 says:

              Agreed! Twice I went to dealerships to buy a Volt and the total ignorance and complete lack of enthusiasm about Volt coupled with a push to buy a a different model ended in my buying a Prius… both times.

              I really like the Volt and I’m giving the dealer one more go mid summer. Maybe third time’s a charm.

              1. George T Rocchio says:

                Corey, don’t give up on the Volt. I had a “favorite”Chevy dealer with whom I had done much business. They were “nowhere” when it came to the Volt. I searched my area and found a dealer 9 miles away who was fully versed in the Volt and had 6 or 7 Gen 2s in stock when I made my first visit last April. Within a week I was a Volt owner. I now have just under 5000 miles on it, have purchased exactly 2.004 Gallons of gas ( just to keep it fresh and could not be happier with the car!

        2. JeremyK says:

          You couldn’t be more wrong. GM did a complete redesign of the Volt after just 5 years. That’s impressive if you consider how few vehicles were sold. A five year design cycle is more aggressive than many popular models like the Equinox, which went something like 8 years before the recent redesign.

          1. vdiv says:

            Cause and effect? GM couldn’t make the Gen.1 profitable, couldn’t evolve it so they made the all new Gen.2 instead.

          2. BenG says:

            The quicker redesign and production of the Gen 2 Volt compared to the Leaf is a good point, though Nissan made more improvements within the Gen 1 than GM did, and so helped stretch it out another year and a half.

        3. Sammy C Chung says:

          Not necessarily true the volt engine is used on the Chevy Malibu Hybrid.

  2. ffbj says:

    The new model is being well received. Prospective Bolt buyers coming in and leaving in a Volt, also helps.

  3. WadeTyhon says:

    The two pair perfectly together. I should think that the Bolt will only boost Volt sales for the next year.

  4. mhpr262 says:

    This car is truly selling by word of mouth alone.

  5. Spider-Dan says:

    I think there is also something to be said for the significant impact of all the Gen1 Volts coming off lease.

    I know several people who have bought used Gen1s and they all love them.

    1. Charles Jack says:

      Bought a ’15 base Volt, 3,900 mi.two months ago for under $21K. Nowhere will you find a virtually new car (or any car for that matter) for that kind of money. Imagine, this quantity of new Volts sold with zero advertising! I couldn’t be a happier camper.

    2. realistic says:

      I think the used Volt buyers may be among the top salespeople for the Volt PHEV concept.

    3. Lou says:

      Yes, in the Philly area, the EV distribution is mainly between Volts and Tesla’s. I purchased a lightly used, low mileage Gen I 2.5 years ago, for a great price. Still going strong. Yesterday, I passed 5 different Gen I Volts on my work commute and today I saw 2 Gen I’s and a Gen II. The Volt is a practical car for those of us that experience winter, but still love driving electric.

  6. bro1999 says:

    When I get my Bolt (hopefully by Sunday), I will line up a shot of my Bolt, Volt (G1), and Volt (G2) all side by side. It’ll be glorious Chevy plug-in porn (sorry Spark EV)!

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I don’t think the universe is ever going to let you have it Brian…its at the very least a US-wide conspiracy or something against you!

    2. Bill Howland says:

      Bro1999 hi.

      Your BOlt is not available in my area yet.

      Can you reconcile the statements that have been said about the Seats, and Interior in general?

      Some say the interior is nice, some say it is very cheap.

      Some say the seats are comfortable, and some say they are too narrow, and it doesn’t seem to depend on a person’s height or weight.

      Thanks.

  7. David Murray says:

    I think a successful Bolt EV will only increase Volt sales. There are two main reasons:

    First, although the Spark EV was sold, it was only in CARB states. So most Chevy dealers in the USA only had a single model with a plug on it. So they didn’t want to waste resources and time trying to sell that one model. But now they have two models with a plug on it. So that’s more reason to become EV certified to sell and service those vehicles. And now more sales people will also learn about them.

    The second thing is, if the Bolt becomes popular people will go to the showroom and invariably wind up learning about the Volt as well. And being the Volt is actually cheaper, may end up snatching quite a few would-be Bolt customers. This is much the same process that will sell the Prius Prime to people who were showing up at dealerships to buy a regular Prius.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Yeah, I see the Bolt only helping Volt sales, not hurting. For one, it gets a new segment of customers that may have written off the Volt because it’s not a pure BEV in the showroom.

  8. HotPotato says:

    Yep, I suspect a fair number of people went in interested in the Bolt and left in the Volt instead because a) it was there on the lot ready to drive home and the Bolt most likely wasn’t and b) especially with holiday promotions, it sold and leased much cheaper than the Bolt.

    The new Gen 2 Volt is a nice rig: faster, cheaper, better looking, and more EV-capable than the original. Visibility and rear headroom are still the pits—luckily those are strong points of the Bolt.

  9. Chris O says:

    Bolt isn’t fitted with quick charge capabilities that are even worth the name so people planning on venturing regularly beyond 100 miles single trip are probably better off with a Volt.

    So for now these are definitely complementary products, until GM boosts Bolt quick charge capabilities and of course the sort of high output quickcharge infrastructure these big battery cars need is actually in place.

  10. Seuthès says:

    The Chevrolet Volt is a good car, and I hope GM will continu in that path. Because if they don’t Toyota could take the right path with PHEV.

    If the Volt will reach 40.000 sell in 2017, I hope Chevrolet could bring a 20.000$ PHEV car to the market before 2020.

    As the BMW 530e is the cheapest BMW serie 5, I think that don’t cost to much to transform an ICE vehicule in to a PHEV. Perhaps 3.500$ more top, and if they won’t do that, other will do. I think of Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi. They are capable of making decent cars.

  11. Joshua Niemann says:

    Hopefully the gen II volt is better in cold weather. My gen I gets 23 miles to a charge and 15-22 mpg compared to 36 miles and 40 mpg in warmer weather.

  12. TNT says:

    I have decided to buy a used Volt while I wait for my M3. What are the best places to research used Volts? I don’t know anything about them and want to know what to look for when making my decision.