Chevrolet Nets 1,225 Volt Sales In June, Countdown To 2016 Model Continues
While we eagerly await the first deliveries of the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt that are expected to happen in about 2 months, we are only left with the current gen’s sales report until then to pass the time.
For June, 1,225 more Volts were sold, which is much better than the monthly average for 2015 so far, but trails June of 2014 by 31% when 1,777 were sold – and also a time when no one was looking ahead to the new car.
For the year 5,622 Volts have been moved, off 35% from 2014 when 8,615 had been sold through the first sixe months.
As for that 2016 model, we have good reason to believe the early estimates for the 2016 Volt efficiency (MPGe) and range numbers were a little light. During the month, GM updated the new Volt’s online specs by bumping the needle a little from a 102 MPGe rating to 106 MPGe, while some shots of the Volt’s dash readout optimistically showed 54 miles of range.
Getting back to the current edition of the Volt, and the sales situation, with the last of the first generation cars rolling off the line in May, and the 2016 Volt probably not hitting serious volume numbers until late fall, we are left only with what is already build and in current inventory to buoy sales until then.
Heading into July, GM has about 6,000 Volts still in stock (less the 4 that were maliciously burned by an arsonist this month).
This means that GM can net no more than around ~5,000 sales over the next 4-5 months realistically speaking.
The only thing we don’t know yet, is if sales will peak this summer and then fade out in the fall, or if it will be an even burn. Until then, we’ll just pencil in about ~1,200/month on average for the next few months going forward.
Highlights around the Chevrolet Volt and other GM products for the month were:
– 55 Pre-Production Bolts are now built and testing, all of which are exceeding GM’s 200 mile range expectations (full story here)
– 62 Cadillac ELRs were sold in June – which means absolutely nothing, as just over 150 copies (updated to include N. California) of the 2014 edition are left to be sold scattered across the country (the better performing, 2016 ELR just started production a couple days ago)
– GM showed off old Volt batteries repurposed to power a building (full story here)
– Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (full story here)