Whatever happened to the Chevy Volt?

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  1. gatordowneast
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    Apparently the election. The "Publicists" for the Administration (AKA the MSM, quit talking about Obama saving GM and poof...Volt disappears from radar).

    "A Treehugger report based on a now-missing Washington Post article then claimed GM would produce 36,000 Volts in 2013 -- but GM itself has "declined to give a target for this year."

    Production estimates only make so much sense out of the context of overall sales. So let's take a look at Volt sales:

    GM sold 7,671 Volts in 2011
    GM sold 23,461 Volts in 2012 (not too shabby!)
    GM has sold approximately 6,300 Volts so far in 2013

    "Consumers liked the look of the car but sales were flat," Fix said. "The plug-in portion put it at a disadvantage to other cars in the class."

    "The bulk of the sales of the Chevy Volt is to municipalities, GE and other Obama-connected companies," she added.

    Also, it's worth noting the Volt now comes with a $5,000 manufacturer rebate (no doubt to help dealerships clear their lots of the electric hybrid vehicles in order to make room for the new units) as well as a $7,500 tax federal tax credit."

    Dayam...$12,500 in rebates and tax credit and only people buying it are "Obama connected" companies.

    Wonder how much US Taxpayers lost on this baby. Add this to the green energy loans that went bad. Change we can believe in.


    http://news.yahoo.com/whatever-happened-chevy-volt-just-look-numbers-133027502.html
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    Too expensive and ineffective....just like the Obama Administration.

    Our automobile manufacturers have decided to let the Japanese rule the market place.
    Hope the plug-in Prius gets up to 100 miles per gallon...with a 300-mile battery capacity.
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    Again, why you should seek out more balanced sources, especially when dealing with something like automobile sales. As far as I can tell, your Blaze article links to an article from Townhall (incorrectly) and then you link the incorrect reading of the article. This is what is called an echo chamber.

    If you are interested in the actual numbers, here is a good article on the topic.

    http://green.autoblog.com/2013/08/01/chevy-volt-sales-drop-to-1-788-nissan-leaf-up-to-1-864-in-july/

    So sales are actually up year-on-year for the Volt by about 9%.
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    the tesla s-3

    that is what happened to it
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    I don't need a car at this point but the Volt would be high on my list. The main drawback is the cost. Plus, I hate anything Obama is for. :hitler:

    But I love the technology.
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    Hey, I work for a living. I pulled the article right off that "conservative" web site....YAHOO. You mean their article was incorrect? I'm shocked. I do think Volt sales are not up though. Not if you look at 2012 sales reported...now perhaps that was to dealers and they sat in the show room.

    Regardless...the Volt is an overpriced, over hyped rice burner. I will stick with my Suburban, pay the toll on gas and be safe and comfortable.
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    The article was from TheBlaze, not Yahoo and you appear to be comparing whole year #s to half year #s, not YOY performance.
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    The old poster, Volta, sued 'em for infringement. John Milius is making a movie about it.
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    Isn't that car even MORE expensive?
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    Yeah, but you'll know where your money went & it won't feel like it's runnin' on Obama's farts.
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    Tesla got plenty of money from Obama.
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    Entertaining thread.
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    My buddy has one, and I agree that it is pretty awesome. Out of my price range, but the totally silent engine is something else. It has surprising power too.
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    Chevy's problem was with projections and marketing of the car. They marketed is as the answer, instead of seeing of the Volt could act as a proof of concept. The anti-Volt media reaction and stigma behind the car didn't help sales either, but when you compare the Volt with the original Honda Insight (first mass produced hybrid), the Volt did quite well. And while the original Insight paved the way for the Prius, the Civic Hybrid, and all the other hybrids on the road, the Volt and the Leaf are paving the way for electric cars.

    The truth is, the Volt is currently too expensive, even with the rebates. It cost over $40,000, and around $30,000 with the rebates. The Prius is less expensive with no rebates.

    But consider what the Volt could lead too in a decade. Consider the Insight was introduced in 2000, and by 2010, Toyota was selling hundreds of thousands of Prius' a year. If GM, or some other car dealer, can come up with an electric car that price wise, competed with the Prius (w/out rebates), and can go something like 300 miles on a charge, and then get 30+ mpg, that care could be widely popular.
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    Yeah, but Tesla was a good car model that actually looked as good as it worked, unlike the volt.
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    Leaf sales are higher this year due to the big price drop it received.

    I expect the volt to do better next year since the 2014 version now starts at 35k.
    Under 30k the volt looks more attractive.
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    The Volt is #1 in customer satisfaction, Motor Trend car of the year and Consumer Reports top 10.
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    My question is who in the hell wants to drive a Prius. They've got about as much metal as a roll of tin foil. I use tin foil for baked potatoes. I don't want to drive tin foil. And one more thing...does anyone know a red blooded conservative male who drives a Prius? That is a lefty, libbie, granola car. Drivers of Priuses wear Birkenstocks, talk about their feelings, vote for Obama and read the Onion. Conservatives drive trucks, SUVs, luxury cars and eat "onion rings".
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    Onion rings? What is this, France?
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    And if having a full metal body is a requirement you don't have too many options out there, trucks included.

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