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    Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf



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    The Chevrolet Volt has taken the lead for plug-in sales.

    The redesigned 2017 Chevrolet Volt has provided a boost in sales for the American automaker, with the plug-in hybrid selling 1,865 units last month marking a 192-percent boost compared to March 2015’s figure of 639. So far this year, Chevrolet has sold a total of 3,987 Volts, a sizable increase compared to 1,874 units over the same time period in 2015.

    While the Chevrolet Volt has dramatically improved for its second generation, the Nissan Leaf is lagging behind with the new model still in development. But things aren’t all bad for the formerly best-selling electric vehicle, which sold 1,246 units last month. Unfortunately, that is 31 percent less compared to the 1,817 delivered in March 2015. Nissan has sold a total of 2,931 Leafs through March 2016, which is a 28-percent drop compared to the 4,085 units sold from January through March 2015.

    Cumulative sales has the Chevrolet Volt ahead of the Nissan Leaf with the Volt having sold 92,737 units since late 2010. The Leaf on the other hand has sold has sold 92,522. That’s a small difference of 215 units but it is the first time the Volt has taken the lead since May 2015.

    Nissan has stayed relatively quiet about the next-generation Leaf, but did show off the IDS concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show that previewed with the Japanese automaker is working on.

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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Is the NG Volt still only on sale in just those original 12 states or has it gone it nation-wide?

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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Interesting information.

    Still I think tesla model threes preorders have impressed me more.

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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Sounds good, though the Volt is new vs. the Leaf that has been on the market for awhile....

    Either way, it sounds good as long as we ignore 200,000 deposits on the Tesla 3...

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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    This is hardly the best news. Given they've sold less than 4,000 for the quarter, that means they're on pace for 16,000 a year. I don't think that's just cheap gas talking. IMO it's because the redesigned Volt has failed to capture the imagination of the progressive buying public. It looks too mundane, it's finished too cheaply, and it lacks the options one expects now like memory power seats (Volt is manual only), sunroof, and Adaptive Cruise Control, plus they removed the integrated garage door opener. While Chevy says ACC is being made available for 2017, they are actually not producing them so far. But the bottom line is that the car is too plain and cheesy. I barely even considered replacing my 2014 with a second generation model for these reasons, and now I'm glad I was able to pick up the ELR (still no sunroof, but otherwise loaded with luxury and better performance.)

    Tesla is grabbing people's attention because it's offering cars people will and do aspire to. Chevy anymore is becoming the brand of settling for less. Kind of like Toyota in a way, only without the stellar reputation for reliability. If I ran the ship, I'd have an emergency refresh going for the Volt the way they did for the Malibu, and then got the next generation out as soon as possible. This means getting rid of most of the cheap hard plastic, questionable seams, and adding some door panel dressing so it doesn't look like the whole thing simply got injection molded. I'd add a wagon variant (like the new 5-door Cruze) to quickly get SOMETHING that passes for a Voltec utility. And I'd advertise the crap out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamahr1 View Post
    This is hardly the best news. Given they've sold less than 4,000 for the quarter, that means they're on pace for 16,000 a year. I don't think that's just cheap gas talking. IMO it's because the redesigned Volt has failed to capture the imagination of the progressive buying public. It looks too mundane, it's finished too cheaply, and it lacks the options one expects now like memory power seats (Volt is manual only), sunroof, and Adaptive Cruise Control, plus they removed the integrated garage door opener. While Chevy says ACC is being made available for 2017, they are actually not producing them so far. But the bottom line is that the car is too plain and cheesy. I barely even considered replacing my 2014 with a second generation model for these reasons, and now I'm glad I was able to pick up the ELR (still no sunroof, but otherwise loaded with luxury and better performance.)

    Tesla is grabbing people's attention because it's offering cars people will and do aspire to. Chevy anymore is becoming the brand of settling for less. Kind of like Toyota in a way, only without the stellar reputation for reliability. If I ran the ship, I'd have an emergency refresh going for the Volt the way they did for the Malibu, and then got the next generation out as soon as possible. This means getting rid of most of the cheap hard plastic, questionable seams, and adding some door panel dressing so it doesn't look like the whole thing simply got injection molded. I'd add a wagon variant (like the new 5-door Cruze) to quickly get SOMETHING that passes for a Voltec utility. And I'd advertise the crap out of it.
    You know Chevrolet is not an aspiration brand but a mainstream brand? No?

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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    WOW if they keep this pace up they'll sell almost 16,000!

    I'm going to make a point to drive the new Cruze and Volt back to back.


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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    You know Chevrolet is not an aspiration brand but a mainstream brand? No?
    All successful brands need to be aspirational in their own way. When I sit in a $40K Volt Premier and it feels cheap for even a $25,000 car, that's a problem.

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    IMO, GM should utilize its RWD alpha platform as the foundation for any EV or Voltec plug-in it sells. If that requires them to eat some cost, so be it. That is better than eating crow, if the Tesla 3 is able to deliver units in volume and with reasonable reliability. The "logic" of using a space saving FWD architecture does not apply to an EV because the "engine" (battery) can be made flat and used a load bearing member for the unit body. An EV, because it can concentrate mass about the geometric center of the structure low on the Z axis via using the battery pack as a floor member comes close to the ideal car chassis - a point mass at the geometric center with wheels pushed out to the edges. Conventional cars can attain the same by using a mid-engine RWD set up, but at a cost of losing passenger volume. This type of structure has dynamic properties that make a suspension engineers job easy in that the polar moments of inertia are lower and the lever arm of line of action of the suspension is shorter. Although the mass of the battery does cost some energy to move about, this adds another benefit in that damping effect of that mass produces a natural oscillation frequency that is pleasant to humans. So is it any wonder that the Tesla gets rave reviews for its ride and handling? Use the right foundation and building the house is easy.

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    That's because the new exterior design is stunning. It's one of the best looking sedans in the Chevy Line-up right now. I'm not as a big a fan of the interior, but it's still better than the previous generation. The Leaf has always been an ugly car.

    My question is: Why would anyone buy a Bolt over a Volt? The Volt is more attractive and has much more range and room inside, yet the Bolt costs about the same for a much smaller vehicle. When they first announced the Bolt, I thought it would be a $20k little sibling to the Volt, a person's first electric car... but the prices are so close and you get so much more for your money with the Volt.
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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Quote Originally Posted by yamahr1 View Post
    All successful brands need to be aspirational in their own way. When I sit in a $40K Volt Premier and it feels cheap for even a $25,000 car, that's a problem.
    The one I sat in was a Premier, the interior has some ergonomic and logistical improvements, but overall outside of the leather seats, seems cheaper than my 2014 Base Volt.


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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    Quote Originally Posted by chevypowa670 View Post
    Is the NG Volt still only on sale in just those original 12 states or has it gone it nation-wide?
    2016s were only available in the original 12. 2017s are available nationwide but I see 8 available in our area spread across five dealers. With cheap gas they won't sell in big numbers but the 2017s are just getting out there.
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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    GM should do a larger sedan or CUV with Voltec that with a bigger battery pack could perhaps do 60-70 miles on a charge. I still think Voltec has a lot of merit over an all electric vehicle for the majority of drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKH View Post
    GM should do a larger sedan or CUV with Voltec that with a bigger battery pack could perhaps do 60-70 miles on a charge. I still think Voltec has a lot of merit over an all electric vehicle for the majority of drivers.
    You (and everyone else) want a crossover? Too bad, you get a RWD Cadillac. The ELR should have been a crossover.

    Still don't understand how the company that freaking INVENTED the crossover won't build (1) more luxury crossovers and (2) a regular size Voltec crossover.
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    Re: Chevy Volt Sales Up 192% YoY– Overtakes Nissan’s Leaf

    US plug-in sales have resumed their steep upward climb. March sales shattered last year’s figure, setting a new all-time record. Around 13,725 plug-ins were sold in March, a 33% increase over March 2015 and a few units more than the previous monthly record set in December.

    American car buyers now have around two dozen EV and PHEV models to choose from, and almost all saw sales grow in March.

    The Tesla Model S reigns supreme, delivering an estimated 3,900 units in March. Tesla has cranked production into high gear, slashing its backlog of orders. InsideEVs reports that one customer received his S just 14 days after ordering, although a more typical wait time seems to be around 3 weeks.

    The Model X SUV is also flying out of the Fremont factory – Tesla delivered an estimated 1,950 in March. If these figures are accurate, this is the first time any automaker has taken both the #1 and #2 spots in monthly plug-in sales. Many electropundits believe Tesla’s greatest challenge right now is ramping up production, so the sharply quickening pace of deliveries is very good news.
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