Chevrolet Volt Sales Hold Steady In July

AUG 3 2015 BY STATIK 25

2015 Chevy Volt Still Selling Reasonably Well

2015 Chevy Volt Still Selling Reasonably Well

We aren’t quite sure what to make of the Chevrolet Volt sales thus far in 2015.

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Next “Monthland” For The 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s Arrival

With another fairly steady sales month – considering the strong headwinds the Volt has to overcome (namely the 2nd gen’s arrival in September, and the lack of a well-balanced dealer inventory), the Chevy sold a solid 1,313 copies in the United States for July.

Only one of two things (or both) can really be happening:

A) the Volt has a baseline sales of about 1,000 units that it will eclipse regardless the situation

B) the majority of the consumers buying the 2015 Chevrolet Volt really aren’t familiar with the plug-in scene at large, or the fact a new Volt is coming

How else does one account for the 6,935 sales so far this year?

The all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Volt starts $1,175 cheaper than the 2015 at $33,995, it features almost 30% more range (now rated @53 miles), greater efficiency (recently re-vised up to 106 MPGe) and has been completely re-designed (mostly for the better – ex-navigation).

GM's Own Dealer "Hot Sheet" Shows The Advantages Of The 2016 Volt over The Outgoing 2015 Model

GM’s Own Dealer “Hot Sheet” Shows The Advantages Of The 2016 Volt over The Outgoing 2015 Model

GM Also Launched An Aggressive Incentive Campaign Last Summer To Move Excess 2014 Inventory

GM Also Launched An Aggressive Incentive Campaign Last Summer To Move Excess 2014 Inventory

One could say some deep discounting on the remaining inventory (just under 4,500 units entering August) is keeping the Volt solidly averaging more than 1,200 sales a month this summer, but Summer of 2014 featured just as good, if not better deals and the 2015 numbers are only off about 35%.

From our point of view, we will lean more to option B – “most consumers aren’t EV-savvy, and aren’t fully aware of the benefits of the new 2016 arriving next month”; and that is a good thing, as it would also mean that most Chevrolet Volt customers this year, are new plug-in customers, and that the EV market continues to expand.

Then again, the steady sales could just be a testament to sturdy product that is the 2011-2015 first generation Volt.

Additional Chevrolet plug-in notes this month:

PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System For The Volt Gets Cheaper In July

PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System For The Volt Gets Cheaper In July

* – EPA range ratings on the upcoming 2016 model have been given, and it’s good news – 53 miles! (story)

* – Plugless reduced the cost of their wireless (3.3 kW) charging system for the 2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt.  The EVSE can now be had from $1,260 – and they will ship for free too (details)

* – The world’s most used Chevrolet Volt (a 2012) crossed the 250,000 miles driven mark in July, with almost 90,000 of them on electricity.  That works out to a combined MPG of 59.7

* – The Chevrolet Bolt (200 mile EV from $30,000 after incentives) is reported to still be on track for Q4 deliveries next year

The Cadillac ELR also sold 66 copies in July, bring the year to date total to 659 units, up about 15% from 2014.

Separately, the Chevrolet Spark EV reported 57 copies sold in July – due exclusively to the lack of inventory.  We spoke to a GM representative this morning on the Spark EV, and the words “super tight” were expressed in regards to the dealer stock currently to be found.  As for the 2016 model, they are “in route”, but no timing yet as they have yet to do the ‘customs and shipping’ dance from South Korea.

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25 Comments on "Chevrolet Volt Sales Hold Steady In July"

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Cavaron
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Cavaron

What about:
C) large rebates at the dealer-level to clear inventory?

Bonaire
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Bonaire

Right – for many, taking 2015 with a $5000 or more discount off sticker is quite good along with if they live in states which the 2016 will not appear until after the new year, they can put together a purchase well under the out of pocket costs of a 2016 coming in six months.

Really, is an additional 8-12 mile AER worth paying $5000 or more for right away? I hope people are seeing that the value if the older Volts is still quite good. My summertime numbers now in a 2011 when off the highway are easily over 45 miles of AER and on the highway 41-42 mpg under or around 65 mph. Just did a long trip and got those numbers.

Also, one draw will be used Volts from trade-ins and with prices like $15K or sometimes even less, the draw to buy new Volts may be only for those fans who really want the latest. I have to wonder if the initial sales numbers will be soft due to these other pressures. Oh, and US gas prices being low for the near-term.

ggpa
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ggpa

“the new 2016 arriving next month” ….

That is California only. The other states are coming only later

Ocean Railroader
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Ocean Railroader

A local car dealer in Virginia told me that the new Chevy Volt will get to his dealership in October.

ggpa
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ggpa

QED

mike w
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mike w

So that’s when I can start shopping for mine.

Ian
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0% for 84 months..it works

Tilehead
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Tilehead

Bought a new 2014 in May. Massive dealer discount to move it convinced be to buy now, not wait.

In addition, the old car was dying and had to be replaced now. Couldn’t wait for the fall.

kdawg
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Wow, when is the last time the Volt beat the Leaf in sales? By my record, it was October of 2013, and only by 20 units.

ziv
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ziv

Good numbers considering the situation. And the people that get a 2015MY Volt at a great price are going to be loving that car for a long time. I read about several people netting a new 15 Volt for just over $20k and on that apparently got his for just under $20k. For a Volt! That is an incredibly good deal if it is true.
It almost makes me wish they would keep on building and selling the Gen I at a lower price point than the Gen II. It would never happen but it would give us some more choices, which is usually a good thing.

S
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S

I bought a new loaded 2015 Volt in May, and I did it over the 2016 for discounts.

Also playing into my decision — although the new 2016 has 2K less msrp, the cost of base trim level (required for other upgrades) makes loaded 2016 volts more similarly priced to the 15.

ModernMarvelFan
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ModernMarvelFan

I think discounts must be working.

I am starting to see a lot of “new” Volt around SF Bay Area…

vdiv
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vdiv

I’ve also seen used Volts with new temp. plates or Carmax stickers. At half the price of a new one they are a true bargain and a great offer to pass over a new Volt.

Allen Fisher
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Most people buy a car when they need a car. The 2015 Volt is a good choice for many buyers today.

On the other hand it doesn’t surprise me that Leaf sales are bad, with better Leafs to come. I have an electric Focus. I would not consider buying another electric car that has less than 200 miles range. The electric cars on the market today are not good enough except for Tesla.

John
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John

I think there’s another option.
Some people realize that Gen1 Volt was extraordinarily over-engineered, and are taking advantage of discounts while they’re available.

There is a good chance we’ll be adding a second Volt to the garage this fall. And it’ll be a Gen1, not a Gen2. My Volt has been the best car I’ve ever owned, not a single thing has gone wrong!

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

I vote for:

C) Prospective Volt drivers don’t see the Volt 2.0 as much of an improvement over the Volt 1.0.

The Volt 2.0’s back seat still can’t hold three adults, and the all-electric range has only been improved by a handful of miles… still significantly short of the 60-70 miles the Volt would need to push the fleet up to 90% or more electricity-powered miles.

Given that reality, many buyers will prefer a discounted Volt 1.0 to a more expensive and only slightly improved Volt 2.0.

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

The article says:

“Then again, the steady sales could just be a testament to sturdy product that is the 2011-2015 first generation Volt.”

I think that’s a glass-half-full way of saying the same thing. The Volt (1.0) is still far and away the best PHEV on the market, with a range considerably exceeding any other. Even five years after its debut, the Volt 1.0 is still the leader in PHEV range and the ability to perform equally well in gasmobile mode vs. EV mode. The rest of the PHEV pack trails far behind.

mhpr262
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mhpr262

Another factor might be that the old Volt has earned itself a reputation as an overengineered and extremely reliable car. Nobody knows if the next one will be built as solidly as the first one.

Ampidriver
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Ampidriver

Absolutly right..the Gen1 Volt was a Fort Knox for the technology round the Battery Pack. GM was interested for strong durability to reach the aceptance of the new technology. Myself now 45.000 mls without any problems. Best car i ever had !