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Chevy Volt sales triple in 2012
CNN, by Staff

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Posted By:viola, 1/5/2013 12:16:25 PM

Chevy Volt sales are cranking up. General Motors sold three times as many Chevrolet Volts in 2012 as it did in 2011, which was the car´s first full year on the market. GM sold 23,461 Volts in 2012 compared with just 7,671 in 2011. While it´s an impressive jump, the Volt is still one of Chevy´s lowest-selling cars. However, the Volt greatly outdid the Corvette, for instance, of which only 14,000 were sold last year.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CharlyG, 1/5/2013 12:18:55 PM     (No. 9100283)

FTA- the Volt is still one of Chevy´s lowest-selling cars

Why wasn´t this the headline?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: njdittos, 1/5/2013 12:21:03 PM     (No. 9100291)

Probably all purchased by union flunkies using taxpayer bailout money. Makes it look like business is booming.Nobody is dumb enough to buy one of those things, not even Obama voters. Then again, no underestimating human ignorance. One can always go lower.Proven time and time and time again.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Cleanhousein2012, 1/5/2013 12:22:33 PM     (No. 9100292)

So the elite, progressive rich had more money to spend on $40k+ plus cars, while the poor working stiffs got by with less?

Life sure is grand in Obammyland.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: aasilver, 1/5/2013 12:24:04 PM     (No. 9100298)

Gooobermint purchases.

Barry must be supported.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/5/2013 12:29:02 PM     (No. 9100309)

FTA: GM was offering the car for $289 a month with a $2,800 down payment. That was far less than a car with the Volt´s nearly $40,000 purchase price would ordinarily lease for, even factoring in a $7,500 plug-in car tax credit.

So they are selling them for pennies on the dollar. How soon before GM is once again begging for a bailout?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fleetusa, 1/5/2013 12:30:08 PM     (No. 9100313)

Interesting reach comparing apples and oranges with the Corvette which has a minimum price of $50,000 and a totally different target market.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: K620, 1/5/2013 12:37:45 PM     (No. 9100328)

OMG, the Volt outsold the Corvette! I love the Corvette (had one), but it is a supremely impractical car. It sure isn´t a car one buys to save money, or to haul a family around, or even to drive on slightly wet roads.

And in related news, I noticed that most of these Volt sales were in Southern California, where Volt owners are now not happy: LAX announced they will no longer be giving free and preferential parking to plug-in owners, a freebie worth hundreds of dollars a month to many of these owners. Would they buy the car if it weren´t subsidized?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: johnr, 1/5/2013 12:41:33 PM     (No. 9100341)

#2 is right.... not only unions but gov´t agencies bought a slew of these diasaters...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/5/2013 1:06:37 PM     (No. 9100393)

#5 caught it. GM is doing all kinds of lease deals on high priced vehicles, which in 2 or 3 years will be a huge liability for them.
They are kicking the can down the road, just the way congress and the kenyan klown are kicking the deficit down the road.
And the CNN headline is pure trickery. If I sold one widget last year, and three widgets this year, my sales have tripled this year.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/5/2013 1:23:43 PM     (No. 9100422)

I guess campaign promises work both ways- Hollywierdos are buying them for parking them next to their fleets of SUVs to prove they are in with the "God-President´s" agenda.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: strike3, 1/5/2013 1:25:03 PM     (No. 9100424)

Volt versus Corvette. They have in common what, four wheels and a drink holder? Why not compare it to the Prius, which would beat the pants off it?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coach Springer, 1/5/2013 1:37:47 PM     (No. 9100441)

Can´t really call them sales if they´re giving them away or transacting with a captive customer like another government unit. If quantitative easing is printing money increasing the supply while making it more useless, then this is automotive easing.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 1/5/2013 1:53:20 PM     (No. 9100465)

How much did it cost taxpayers to sell those cars? How many were government purchases?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/5/2013 1:54:55 PM     (No. 9100467)

You can see why CNN readers are so brain dead just reading the article. They cite "google" as the resource to show how practical this car is, and how stupid we all are.

Take away all subsidies. List on Volt is $40,000. List on a Cruze is $17-$23k, let´s go with the $20k average.

That is $20,000. The average miles per year American drive is, according to the US DOT, 13,476. In 2012 the average price of gas was $3.60 according to AAA.

The Cruze Eco gets 42 highway, but since we all know that sort of thing is skewed, let´s say it´s 32 mpg average.

That means the Cruze owner would spend $1516 per year on gas. That is a 13 year ROI.

Say he drove more miles, 20k, and he is a leadfoot and only gets 25 mpg.

He would spend $2880 per year, and would get a 7 year ROI. This does not include battery replacement of course.

Let´s say gas drops to $2.90. It would take 16 YEARS in my first example for ROI, and 8.6 years in my second example!

I don´t see how basic math escapes these people. Oh never mind, they are CNN people.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/5/2013 2:02:58 PM     (No. 9100474)

Buyers PAY for their Corvettes. Taxpayers subsidize the VOLT. and there is no mention of how many were bought by the Government. That´s like moving money from one pocket to another and adding taxpayer money increase the size of the wad.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/5/2013 2:16:02 PM     (No. 9100495)

#17 says it all. It’s a terrible investment for the buyer, and why is GM celebrating selling more of a product that loses money for them with each additional unit sold? Is it a coincidence that the US ranks 27th in the world in math scores?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: coyote, 1/5/2013 2:22:53 PM     (No. 9100509)

Ah, they sold three this year. But are they allowed on the golf course with the rest of the carts now?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: tennman, 1/5/2013 2:28:40 PM     (No. 9100522)

Sometimes I wonder if CNN is intentionally dense. Volt and Corvette are not comparable. The vet is a specality car and volume is kept low on purpose. Keeps demand and prices up - duh, that involves thinking.

Wasn´t GM supposed to sell 40k Volts in 2012? Didn´t the plant have a couple of furloughs due to slow sales? Any mention? Of course not.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: LouD, 1/5/2013 2:43:48 PM     (No. 9100538)

GE bought a number of them for employees use. Doesn´t matter to them that Volts are small cars, really only suitable for two people and a couple of beagles. GE is in bed with Obama and for that reason alone I won´t buy another GE product. Plus the fact that GE products are unreliable. So when the sales figures are broken down, I will bet that the number sold to private citizens is miniscule. (If they even would break down those figures. Hah!)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: belwhatter, 1/5/2013 2:52:42 PM     (No. 9100547)

Why on earth would anyone buy one of these jokes when the price of electricity is already going through the roof? thanks to boy king´s attitude towards coal.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/5/2013 3:08:39 PM     (No. 9100569)

Check the parking lots at the Pentagon and Homeland security if you want to see where a chunk of these taxpayer hell cars are. Wasn´t long ago Volt workers were on furlough,sitting around playing Monopoly while getting paid.

You just had Toyota getting slapped with a billion dollar payout in bogus claims and yet these cars are potential fire hazards and nobody blinks as eye.These cars could be a big part of why GM wants to part company with the government but I doubt Obama´s bully machine will allow it

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/5/2013 3:16:35 PM     (No. 9100578)

Just how many were fleet purchases by government agencies?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: alltheway, 1/5/2013 3:47:48 PM     (No. 9100603)

So,they sold three?


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Reply 24 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 1/5/2013 3:56:48 PM     (No. 9100612)

Only 14,000 Corvettes? Well if they only planned to sell 13,000, it was a very good year. How stupid can CNN be?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: joew9, 1/5/2013 4:02:15 PM     (No. 9100615)

Fleet sales. Fleet sales.!! We need that data for this story to have any sense. Last I remember GE was going to buy a large fleet of Volts. Did they? What portion of these sales were due to fleet sales.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: dipi, 1/5/2013 4:26:02 PM     (No. 9100628)

What a touchy-feely for all these Obama Yugo owners.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/5/2013 4:41:17 PM     (No. 9100641)

I´d take a used Yugo or ride a horse before I´d ever buy a Goobermint Motors (GM) product, especially a Volt. There isn´t enough ridicule, and contempt, to heap on Goobermint Motors as far as I´m concerned.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: montanabound, 1/5/2013 5:08:49 PM     (No. 9100665)

In the aftermath of Benghazi, there was a report that the US embassy in Vienna had purchased Volts and a charging station. Who knows how many other embassies did the same?


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Reply 29 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 1/5/2013 5:16:20 PM     (No. 9100677)

From one sale to three! That´s impressive!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/5/2013 5:25:53 PM     (No. 9100689)

Don´t buy this one.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Islander, 1/5/2013 6:19:09 PM     (No. 9100743)

Well ... as a status symbol for the moderately affluent Ecologically Pretentious the Volt isn´t a bad toy. Otherwise it doesn´t make much sense.
Btw --- the Corvette sales numbers? This year is the end of the C6 series. The new C7 will be introduced in 2 weeks at the Detroit auto show, so it isn´t too surprising the End Of Model Run slow down hit their sales numbers.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: strike3, 1/5/2013 8:39:22 PM     (No. 9100832)

If it were not for barry obama and his green dreamers, the Volt would not exist. The market drives car sales and even the government can´t purchase enough of these impractical motorized skate boards to ever make it successful, although they will try. Ditto on GM purchases. There will never be another GM product near my house.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Daaaavid, 1/5/2013 9:05:36 PM     (No. 9100852)

I would buy a new corvette if they were not so ugly, no need for a coal burner. 2002 Lt 1 convertible.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: chance_232, 1/5/2013 9:50:48 PM     (No. 9100893)

No mention of the 10K price tag to replace the batteries. Wait until the owners get hit with that bill.

Wait until people start buying Volts at the used car lot to discover that they have to fork over 9K six months later

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/6/2013 6:17:24 AM     (No. 9101102)

Those 23,461 Volts were all foisted off on the Goobermint. That´s why security wasn´t provided in Benghazi. The priority was buying Volts for France or someplace like that.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: franq, 1/6/2013 7:07:17 AM     (No. 9101144)

When these fools trade them in, they´ll have to pay the dealers to take them.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: cheeflo, 1/6/2013 12:31:20 PM     (No. 9101649)

Math is hard, #15. Ask anyone in Washington DC.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: beca, 5/15/2013 11:38:31 AM     (No. 9328428)

this is the most convoluted bunch of mumbo jumbo...that is all we get from news outlets....esp ones like CNN

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