The Chevrolet Volt Didn't Do A Lot Of St. Patty's Day Celebrating This Month.
After announcing a short delay "due to a computer systems issue that impacted dealer sales reporting", General Motors announced that they sold 1,478 Chevy Volts in March - which is exactly the same number of cars they sold a year ago this month.
Not the result we were hoping for, as the wind-down of California's "green sticker" program this week spurred on sales of competitors (like the Toyota Prius - up 92%) to new highs for the year.
March Proved That It Is Easier To Sell Volts If You Don't Have To Unbury Them First
Compared to last month, when GM sold 1,210 copies, an increase of 22% was realized.
This month also 'kind-of ' stops a trend of 3 consecutive months (and 5 of 6 overall) of declining sales for the Volt, mostly brought about by low inventory levels as GM has focused on producing other vehicles at their Hamtramck, Michigan plant for much of the year - such as the $75,995 luxury plug-in Cadillac ELR based on the Chevy Volt, and the new Impala, as well as the Malibu.
Overall, GM has now sold 3,606 plug-in Chevys so far this year, versus the 4,244 moved in 2013 - for a decrease of 15%, while the overall segment is up almost 30%.
With Cadillac ELR production reportedly wound down in mid-February, the Volt's national inventory level did manage to (finally) increase in March, pushing past the 4,000 unit mark.
Hopefully this month is the start of a 'new beginning' for last year's best selling plug-in vehicle.
Also of note: This month we learned (via a report from Edmunds) that the 2nd generation Volt will debut next fall as a 2016 model. If former CEO Dan Akerson's promise of a lower cost, higher range 2nd gen Volt holds true, an even brighter future is on the Volt's horizon.
As for the 'other' plug-in cars of interest at GM for the month, the Volt-based Cadillac ELR sold 81 copies, while 108 of the all-electric Chevy Spark EV was moved off lots.
Editor's note: Data on a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in March 2014 versus 27 selling days in March 2013