Sales Of The Chevrolet Volt Fell In The US For September
This Month (Volt Chief Engineer Andrew Farah And Mule Shown)
Heading into September, Chevrolet had given themselves the opportunity to become the only US plug-in automaker to post a month-to-month gain for all of 2014.
Unfortunately, faced with having to best a very strong August, in which 2,511 Volts were sold, Chevy came up more than a bit shy in September by selling only 1,394 copies.
As compared to the 1,766 Volts sold this month last year, the Volt was off 21%, despite a national $269/month lease deal that has been running over the summer.
For the year 14,540 Volts have been sold which is down 13% over 2013 when 16,760 cars were sold. All-time, the Chevrolet is still the best selling plug-in for America with 69,092 sold to date.
Our earlier question of "Why the heck is Chevy building so many darn Volts this summer?" (after well more than 10,000 had been available in August) was answered as General Motor's idled the Volt's Hamtramck Michigan in late August...and plans to keep it that way until the middle of November.
GM Put Earlier Announced Funding For The 2nd Gen Volt (+friends) To Work In September
The reason for the shutdown? Putting to work some of that previously announced $384 million dollar investment into the facility to prepared for the next gen Volt (due out in mid-2015), two other Voltec-based plug-in models ... and a great big whale of a Cadillac that we will never mention here again.
Also of interest this month we learned from GM's Powertrain Executive Director, Larry Nitz, that the next generation of Volt will be "better in every way", at least according to what GM thinks the customer wants. So more range, efficiency and performance, but apparently not faster charging options. (full story + video)
Separately, GM announced that there will be no 2015 Cadillac ELR as the company is still putting a lot of cash on the hood of the premium extended range car to clear out 2014 inventory.
But, not to fret if you are an ELR fan, it will return at some point in 2015 as a 2016 model year car - complete with "engineering enhancements". The new 2016 Cadillac ELR will debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
During September, GM sold 111 Cadillac ELRs, after selling a record 196 in August