October Chevrolet Volt Sales Powered Higher By Arrival Of New 2016s

NOV 3 2015 BY JAY COLE 22

The First Of The New 2016 Chevy Volts At Rydell Chevrolet In California On October 9th

The First Of The New 2016 Chevy Volts At Rydell Chevrolet In California On October 9th

Just a week into October, General Motors opened the flood gates on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt – releasing thousands across the US and Canada.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Test Results Via Motor Trend

2016 Chevrolet Volt Test Results Via Motor Trend

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.

Lots Of 2016 Chevrolet Volts Found Homes For Halloween In October

Lots Of 2016 Chevrolet Volts Found Homes For Halloween In October

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

 

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2,035 Chevrolet Volt sales in October 2015.

But how many were 2015 MY, and how many were 2016 MY?

“and the first time the Volt has passed the 2,000-mark.”

This year, right? The Volt crossed over 3,000 a couple years back.

Great to see the Gen 2 is being well received thus far, at least from a sales standpoint. Can’t wait to see what happens when it’s introduced nationally in early 2016 as a 2017 model year.

Interestingly, the Volt also seems to still hold the “most plug-ins sold in one month” title from that achievement back in 2013, with the exception of one month: 3500 estimated model S deliveries at the end of last year.

August 2013 when I got my Volt. Looking forward to playing my 1/5000th part to setting a new record in August 2016 when my lease expires.

Meanwhile, compact SUV sales (Equinox/Terrain) were through the roof.

EREV CUV, GM? Come on already!

You can be sure that when GM releases an EREV CUV, it will be fantastic.

Only question is when.

The Buick Envision is a solid CUV and it sits on the D2XX platform. And the ICE version is going to be sold in the US soon.
Hmmm…

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales in Japan during September were 1,896. We’ll see how they sell in the US starting next year. GM’s offering still looks to be 3+ years away, if ever.

Only 1420 Volts in North American inventory and just 390 of them are 2016MY Volts. So the Gen II’s are selling as quick as they are built and the Gen I’s are disappearing. Here is hoping they up the build rate soon!

and hope they start selling them in the remaining 39 states and throughout the world.

Unfortunately, that won’t happen until the 2017MY is being delivered and they don’t start building them until February, so late March or mid-April for all 50 states, probably.

By which time we will be a couple of months away from the Bolt EV and a widely deployed CCS network. This begs the question, is the second gen. Volt the last gen. Volt?

Early in 2015, Leaf cumulative sales total overtook Volt. In a few months Volt will recover the first position in total sales.

As of today, InsideEVs has it at:

Nissan Leaf 87,171
Chevy Volt 84,330
Tesla S 56,500

If Nissan doesn’t get the longer ranged Leaf out there in real numbers soon, the Volt may just regain the lead in a couple months.

Jay, feel free to edit my numbers if I am wrong! 😉

I see no reason to wildly exaggerate things with the ’16 Volt (‘just a week into October, GM opened the flood gates, releasing thousands across the US and Canada…)

… and then truth be told – ’16 inventory is still low probably because what has come in has quickly found buyers, including a fair number of walk-ins.

Breaking 2k in sales is impressive considering the ’16’s limited rollout in the USA and the first ones trickling into dealers no earlier than the second week of the month.

It sounds like the 2017 Chevy Volt might get at least a small raise in range based off of LG Chem’s newer higher powered batteries going into the Chevy Bolt.

I hope they are supply constrained and that numbers will increase.

“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.”

Yes and no.

It is true that the majority of units are going to satisfy months of pent-up demand from pre-order customers, so inventory isn’t a factor for these buyers.

But low inventory definitely cuts down walk-in sales.

All of that added together means that the monthly sales numbers won’t actually accurately reflect true monthly customer demand for quite a while.

Satisfying months of pent-up demand exaggerates the numbers upwards, while the lack of units for walk-in sales and not allowing nation-wide sales pushes the numbers downwards.

We really won’t know the true demand for the GEN II Volt until well after the 2017 has been for sale nationwide for a number of months.

Until then, not much can be read into the numbers other than it being a count of the number of transactions and nothing more.

The Volt sales doesn’t mean anything until it can sustain it in 2016 with nation wide release.

First two ’16 Volts were delivered in my state of Maine last week. As I realized that inventory was going to be tight before the end of the year, I went ahead and ordered one, using TrueCar. The dealer knocked off $2090 from MSRP, and that doesn’t include any incentives relevant when it comes in. We’ll see.