Holden Volt is Frighteningly Expensive in New Zealand


Holden Volt -  Driverless Technology Is In Effect...Pretty Sure That Is The Only Explaination For This Shot

Holden Volt – Driverless Technology Is In Effect…Pretty Sure That Is The Only Explanation For This Shot

The price of the Holden Volt in New Zealand is no mystery.  It’s not advertised and is often avoided when Holden issues its press blasts, but there’s no hiding its price tag from us prying types here at InsideEVs.

Holden Volt Rear

Holden Volt Rear

Before we reveal the price—which as we mentioned is not really a revelation, but more a restating of a already known amount—we’ll offer up some background as to why the Holden Volt’s sticker price is all of a sudden headline grabbing.

Recently, Holden put several journalists in New Zealand behind the wheel of some Volts.  The attempt by Holden was to convince journalists there that the Volt is a compelling vehicle.  Holden had no problem doing exactly that, as most of the published reviews rave on and on over the Volt.  That is, until its price must be mentioned.

No comprehensive review can overlook price and that’s where the Holden Volt gets torn apart.

As one reviewer stated:

“I do like the Volt. It’s frighteningly expensive at $85,000 (unjustifiably so compared with the American price) but a tantalising glimpse of a zero-emissions future…”

Holden New Zealand recently sold its first Volt, which was purchased by an Auckland IT consultant.  At $85,000 (a typical new automobile in New Zealand costs $35,500), we can’t help but wonder if the first Holden Volt sold might be close to the last.

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The price issue of the Holden New Zealand Volt is easily remedied with a boycott. The power is in the hands of the consumer if they stand as one and demand a fair price for the Volt.


Good God, have the folks at GM lost their minds ??

I would like to see how many sell.

What makes you think GM is trying to gouge the people there? My understanding is the price gets lifted that high because of many tax levies etc. on this imported auto. They’re not trying to make/lose any more/less money on the Volt in Australia than they are in the US.

Must be some tariff, I thought China was bad…


I wonder how many Nissan Leaf’s they have sold. It says on:
That the leaf is $69,600.

The Volt does cost $73,453 after being converted to US dollars. A mid grade Ford Focus costs AU$40K

According to the New Zealand Customs website, there is no duty of vehicles:

Sucks when you depend 100% on imports…

The headline of the Volt being frighteningly expensive in NZ is not news, or at least to New Zealanders; as the first line of the article attests. All the NZ road tests I’ve read clearly stated in their view the show stopper price, a wonderful car, but unaffordable (NZ context). The news is that despite the value attributes of the car, sales are not good. It’s fair to assume that the sales so far are not supporting the business case. For some context, NZ new car pricing suggests; Prius i-tech $66k, Lexus CT200h $55-73k, BMW320i auto $74k, Audi A4 FSI or TDI $72k (S-Line $78k). Many might argue that the Volt is a better driving experience than these, but there is no doubt that this ‘Holden’ is priced in the premium market, perhaps a little too high. Factors relevant to the NZ price: – Holden Volt configuration equates to a configuration priced in the US at about $43k, not the $39k that some cite, and certainly not the effective price of almost down to $30k that is available in some markets through subsidies that people crystallise their thinking on. – NZ exchange rate 0.82 – Goods and Services Tax 15%… Read more »


What is your new electricity rate in NZ? Also, why couldn’t someone get a plain Holden Volt in Sydney and export it?

The price is due to the Driver-less technology which the North American model does not feature. 😉

Can you even guess what the ELR would less for there? Probably over $100 K!!!

Gee I thought we had it bad in Australia – no support from Government, GMH markup.
NZ many do they realize how many sheep a NZ sheep famer would have to sell to buy a NZ Volt – eeek.

Even their Dairy famers are so tight it was always money losing proposition regarding overhauling pumps for them in NZ.
The NZ are the traditional LONG Trouser pockets short arm types – to survive over there.

Marketing decision ?


It is time to start smuggling Volts into NZ.

Looked at importing a car from England, as the pricing was way better there and after expenses, estimated the car would $ 10, 000 NZ less land and GST paid in NZ. Asked about warranty implications with Holden dealerships, and effectively got told that due the high cost of Warranty repairs and equipement to fault find, the warranty would not be available as a seperate purchase like it can be done overseas. Based on them saying that non warranty repairs were going to be very expensive, and it would not be wise to import one from England, we gave up on buying a Volt, and looked at a Toyota Prius C instead. In comparing fuel burn and Kms we normally travel, the Prius C won out as it is so economical both for fuel and for buying. We could buy two cars for the same price as the Volt here in NZ, and while not fully electric, based on the electric only price per Km of the Volt, @ 20 cents per KW, and roughly 80 Km per 11 Kw charge, so say $ 2.20 cents per 80 Km or 2. 75 cents per Km the Volt would be cheaper… Read more »