October Chevrolet Volt Sales Powered Higher By Arrival Of New 2016s
Just a week into October, General Motors opened the flood gates on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt – releasing thousands across the US and Canada.
The result was a new year-high for Volt sales despite only ~20 odd selling days for the next generation edition. Also, helping sales was a massive reduction in 2015 MY inventory (ending the month under 1,000 units) thanks to strong incentives.
In total 2,035 were moved, which was more than double than the 949 sold last month – and the first time the Volt has passed the 2,000-mark this year. Update: Of those sold, 2/3rds were 2016 editions.
October was also the first month the plug-in Chevy wasn’t a drag on the EV segment overall in the US, besting the previous year’s number by 41.4% (1,439).
There still isn’t much 2016 Volt inventory in the US (~500 units), but that really doesn’t affect sales as most of current production is already spoken for in the way of orders.
The 2016 edition is only available in 11 US states and Canada, before production will be turned in a couple months, and a new, slightly improved 2017 edition will be introduced – with that model going into production in February.
2016 Chevrolet Volt availability states: California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire
National orders (for the 2017 model) with will open in December, GM says to expect deliveries of those cars in the “Spring”, we would look for its arrival in mid-April.
Other news of interest as it related to GM’s plug-ins in October:
*- GM exec Mark Reuss expected that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will be priced below $30,000 (after incentives) when it comes to market the end of next year
*- the 2016 Chevrolet Volt starts its sales life with up to $1,500 in incentives already available
*- Rydell Chevrolet in California was the first dealership to take delivery of a new 2016 Volt on October 9th
*- Cadillac ELR sales rebounded some with the arrical of new 2016 editions, in October 82 were moved