Canadian Chevy Volt Sales Down In Q4, Solid For 2018 Overall

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FEB 18 2019 BY WADE MALONE 5

The long standing plug-in sales champion has been toppled in Canada.

According to data gathered by Canada EV Sales, Chevrolet delivered 841 Chevy Volts in Canada during the final 3 months of 2018. This is down ~35% from the 1,306 examples delivered in Q4 2017. However, this is up slightly from the 727 Volts sold in Q3 of 2018.

The all electric Chevy Bolt EV saw a similar reduction in sales during the 4th quarter. Overall, Chevrolet closed out the second half of the year with weaker plug-in sales than the first half. In the back half of the year, only 1,568 Volts make it to Canadian buyers.

One likely reason for this drop in sales during the back half is the loss of the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) that had previously been offered in Ontario. The program had lowered the price of plug-in models up to $14,000 CAD.

It would seem many buyers rushed to pick up their vehicles in anticipation of the program’s end. During the 2nd quarter alone, the popular plug-in hybrid pushed 1,643 units. This likely caused a further dampening of Q3 and Q4 sales.

In 2017, Chevrolet dominated the Canadian sales charts with the Volt and Bolt EV taking first and second place respectively. For the full year, sales were essentially flat at 4,297 in 2018 compared with 4,313 in 2017. Considering 2017 was the model’s best ever sales effort, last year was still a respectable sales performance for the Volt. But strong competition from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the refreshed Nissan LEAF and Tesla Model 3 pushed the Volt into fourth place.

Source: Canada EV Sales

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From 1st to 4th a position that GM should get familiar with.

I factory ordered a 2019 Volt at the end of July as soon as the newer specs became available. 7 weeks later it arrived – priced just shy of $2000 more than the ’18. This is in Ontario AFTER they dropped the $13,000 incentive. And they wonder why sales slumped. I told the dealer to get stuffed. It’s still sitting on their lot – with no price reduction.

go Quebec,as a leader in clean transportation and electricity!

Well GM discontinued the volt and announced they are shutting down the oshawa plant. Of course that will effect sales. Having driven gm vehicles all my life, i most certainly will no longer be purchasing gm in the future mostly due them pulling out of Canada.

Announcing that you are cancelling a car line tends to hurt sales. Many people do not want to buy a car model that is being abandoned.