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    GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt
    Car to arrive at state dealers next month
    1:24 AM, Jan. 28, 2011

    As Michigan dealers wait for the arrival of their Chevrolet Volts starting next month, other Americans' waits just got a little shorter.

    General Motors said Thursday it plans to have Chevrolet Volts in all participating dealerships nationwide by the end of this year. GM had previously said it planned to sell Volts in all 50 states by mid-2012.

    The Volt has already launched in California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Washington, D.C. Deliveries in Michigan will start in February and March, spokesman Rob Peterson said.

    GM is hoping the Volt will bring new customers to Chevrolet, which accounts for about 70% of its U.S. sales volume. Chevrolet marketing chief Rick Scheidt said the brand is accelerating the Volt rollout partially because of increased showroom traffic in launch markets to see the car.

    GM cited Criswell Chevrolet, a metropolitan Washington, D.C., dealership, which has 10 to 15 customers visit weekly who are considering the Volt. Many of those customers own non-GM brands.

    Nationwide ordering will begin in the second quarter, GM said.

    From July to September, deliveries will start in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The remaining states are expected to receive deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2011, GM said.

    GM is seeking to build more than 25,000 Volts at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant this year, up from the original target of about 10,000, CEO Dan Akerson has said.

    After that, the automaker may try to produce 120,000 Volts annually, U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., told the Free Press on Wednesday, relaying a conversation with Akerson. Executives are talking about making that the production target for 2012, well above the current estimate of 45,000, a company official familiar with the discussions said.

    To sell the Volt, a Chevrolet dealer must agree to keep one as a demo and install a couple of charging stations. The Volt can run for an estimated 35 miles on battery power before switching to its gasoline-powered generator.
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    This is really good to see. Increased showroom traffic is a great side benefit to the Volt, hopefully it translates into increased sales. If so then getting it in every dealership is going to be a great thing.
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    I guess we will wait until the fall here in Canada!

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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by WishIhadatruck View Post
    This is really good to see. Increased showroom traffic is a great side benefit to the Volt, hopefully it translates into increased sales. If so then getting it in every dealership is going to be a great thing.
    I don't think you will see one in every dealership. It says participating dealerships. I would wager that a lot of smaller dealerships in cold and/or mountainous areas will go to the expense of training personnel and buying necessary equipment to participate.

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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    At the NAIAS this last weeks, the only vehicle people wanted to ride in (basement) was the Volt. There were 3 lines for the Volt, and no one going to ride in the Fusion, MKZ, or Smart electric vehicles.
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    I don't think you will see one in every dealership. It says participating dealerships. I would wager that a lot of smaller dealerships in cold and/or mountainous areas will go to the expense of training personnel and buying necessary equipment to participate.
    I imagine that there are also commitments required for equipment and training to service the vehicles.

    Attracting customers into the showrooms is great, but unless the dealerships are able to deliver and support the product it quickly becomes the Leaf conundrum all over again.

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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    if the riots in the middle east keeps up and the price of oil goes to $200 a barrel the volt will be a big seller. same for the cruze
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Strange how you'd invite me like that, especially since you already know what I'm waiting for. The same as what was GM itself promoted 4 years ago...

    • 50 MPG after depletion
    • PZEV emission-rating
    • $30,000 price

    This rollout timeline should help us get to those goals faster.
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by WishIhadatruck View Post
    This is really good to see. Increased showroom traffic is a great side benefit to the Volt, hopefully it translates into increased sales. If so then getting it in every dealership is going to be a great thing.
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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by plane View Post
    What a friggin pipe dream.
    Just look at the gas mileage when the Volt is running electric.
    ZERO.
    You're getting ZERO gas mileage when you're running electric.
    No wonder no one is buying the Volt.


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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    I saw one live in Silicon Valley on the road for the first time. It was really nice and was very impressed. The vehicle was sculptured very attractively. Now if GM can design a slightly larger EV with larger cabin space and battery pack, it might go along way for GM.

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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    I have yet to see a Volt in the wild here. I may have to visit Criswell, I wonder if they're doing test drives?

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    Re: GM accelerates timeline for nationwide rollout of its Volt

    Quote Originally Posted by john1701a View Post
    Strange how you'd invite me like that, especially since you already know what I'm waiting for. The same as what was GM itself promoted 4 years ago...

    • 50 MPG after depletion
    • PZEV emission-rating
    • $30,000 price

    This rollout timeline should help us get to those goals faster.
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    I hope GM doesn't spend one cent to make it PZEV.

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