Chevrolet Volt Sales Soften A Bit In July – 1,788 Sold
For the second time in as many months, GM outpaced the yearly averages and sold a significant amount of Chevrolet Volts. For July 1,788 Volts were moved off dealer lots.
Unfortunately, that was 910 units less than last month when GM sold 2,698 copies.
July’s result was also off 3.3% from 2012, when 1,849 Volts were sold. Year to date, GM is up 9.2% on 11,643 sales.
And if you are into the sales competition for best selling plug-in in America, the Volt just barely fell into 2nd place on the year-to-date leaderboard, as their main competition from Japan in the form of the Nissan LEAF sold 1,864 EVs….which was also a bit of a pullback from their June sales mark of 2,225.
- Nissan LEAF – 11,703
- Chevrolet Volt – 11,643 (-60)
It should also be noted when comparing the results to date with last year, GM sold a massive 12,795 units in the last five months of 2012, for an average of 2,559 per month, so some tougher comps are ahead for the 38 mile EREV.
As for the ‘next’ model year of the Volt, Michelle Malcho at Chevrolet Communication told us last month that”
“We will announce pricing mid to late August for the 2014 Volt”
Many people (including ourselves) expect GM to take a more aggressive stance when it comes to the base MSRP on the 2014s to spur sales, especially in the face of a cheaper Nissan LEAF starting at $28,800 and the incoming “80 to 100 mile” electric BMW i3 next year from $41,350.
The BMW i3 REx option also allows the BMW to perform similar (albeit in a limited way) to the Volt by giving it additional miles on gasoline. That option will retail for $3,950 more. We recently did a little comparison of the Chevrolet Volt and BMW i3 REx here.
As for production, GM decided to buck the industry trend two months ago and no longer report production at their facilities (much to the industry and supplier’s chagrin), so we can’t tell you exactly what when on at the Volt’s Hamtramck facility.
However, we can report that DHAM did come back online July 15th this month after a two week summer shutdown, but it looks like no Volts were produced this month as nationwide inventories dropped by almost exactly the amount of sales – go figure. This was likely due to the fact GM is still carrying 120 days inventory of 2013 Volts.