Chevrolet Volt hits a 'hundie' in July
Normally at the end of each month for our Chevrolet Volt sales recap, the "headliner" is how many extended range cars GM did, or did not, sell in a month - and why.
Some 84,000 gen 1 Volts contributed to the first 100,000 total
This month, the front page news is that the Chevrolet Volt has become the first plug-in vehicle to sell more than 100,000 copies in a single country, as sometime around the 3rd week of July the Volt hit 6 digits in sales all-time.
Powering the number was 2,406 Volts sold in July - a new high for 2016, and the best July ever. The month was also an improvement of 83% from the 1,380 sold in July of 2015.
Given the year-over-year sales comps are against the Volt's first generation self, it was another "easy win" for the PHEV (and the 10 consecutive monthly beat). It will be interesting to see how the model fares when it starts to compete against itself come this October.
Still, GM seems to finally be getting a little more serious about the Volt, as dealer inventory this month not only started to even out more thoroughly across the country, it averaged over ~5,000 units in stock available to be sold for the first time since the 53-mile version of the car arrived last Fall.
As for the total sales, 100,964 have been moved, which is 4,517 more than number #2 Nissan with the LEAF at 96,447
Can the all-electric Bolt EV someday pass the Volt in sales?
Also of interest this month at GM with plug-ins:
*- 16 Cadillac ELRs were sold out of the handful of remaining inventory
*- (update) the Chevy Spark EV continues to be a strong performer, selling 333 copies
*- GM re-confirmed a Q4 first delivery date for its 200+ mile plug-in, the Chevrolet Bolt EV
*- Lyft (GM's partner in ride-sharing) drivers in California are to be some of the first to receive the Chevrolet Bolt EV in 2016