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THZebra
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 5:19:12 PM

Remember how much time and energy was spent focusing on Detroit and the auto bailouts during the 2012 presidential election?

More specifically, do you remember all the attention that was paid to the Chevy Volt, the hybrid electric vehicle that was supposed to mark the rebirth of General Motors?

Now think back. Have you heard that much about it recently? No? Neither have we. So we started looking into the issue to figure out what happened.

First, let’s take a look at what appears to be a general decline in interest in the Volt.

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alterman156
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:11:47 AM

The Chevy Volt might need some improvement.
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:02:10 AM

It's still very expensive.
Hemond
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:43:45 PM

::::Even here in the "Fruit & Nut" land of California, I see very few Volts being driven by private owners. :::


I spend a lot of time in northern California. From Tahoe to Sacramento to the Oregon state line. I've yet to see a single Volt.
truvoice1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:00:44 PM

Even here in the "Fruit & Nut" land of California, I see very few Volts being driven by private owners. Most are driven by governments or big companies trying to get on Obama's good side. Although the technology is promising, the finished product inspires yawns and even with the many rebates, is way to expensive compared to the offerings from the competition. Maybe they will give one to Obama so he can be buried in it someday!
bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:09:59 PM

Volt,The Exploding ObamaMobile.
schatzila
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:52:22 PM

If it was at a competitive price when put on the market, it might've had a chance.
brian1145
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:49:34 PM

Seemed like a good idea when it came out.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:33:48 PM

How about the number at comes after the $ sign?
streetdesign
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:10:46 PM

Way too expensive and the lack of infrastructure is hurting sales.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 12:57:22 PM

They entered the market too late. All the suckers- I mean consumers- with more money than common sense already bought a Prius, Civic or other hybrid.
highdesertman
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:20:22 AM

The Volt was introduced as a high-priced vehicle during the worst slump in auto sales in decades. It has since been eclipsed by new offerings from GM and other manufacturers so now it is perceived as outdated merchandise. It got excellent reviews at the time and if its technology were introduced in other vehicles across the GM line, they would be big sellers. The Volt itself may be dead or dying, but its spirit will live on.
bongobro
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:18:32 AM

Toyota introduced the Prius as an alternative to current technology. Chevrolet introduced the Volt virtually on the order of Barack Obama. As was taught more than 50 years ago with the failure of the Edsel, people buy cars that they like, not cars they feel obliged to buy.
screwoilco
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:07:50 AM

volt has bolted
vandamme
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:52:28 AM

A diesel hybrid Cruze would be a much better idea. Much cheaper, too.
DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:30:49 AM

I think I can count the number of Volts I've seen on one hand.
rosa403
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:25:30 AM

too pricey...
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:02:34 AM

There are many comments that need further information. How many vehicles have been sold to GE for use by GE and not for leasing to the public and how many vehicles have been sold to government agencies at all levels. What are the real selling prices, rebates and tax credits?
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:41:19 AM

My interest never changed . . . it was always zero!
orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:30:32 AM

Its only one model, when other like Toyota and Ford have a range of sizes and models and prices. It expect the sales figures will change once the Volt with the updated more efficient gas engine, the Cadillac version, and all the other ones in the works hit the ground, like the Spark EV.

In the meantime, check out the growth of the entire class of not-liquid-fuel-only vehicles sold...
http://evobsession.com/ev-hybrid-sales-are-up-80000-cars-in-2013-august-us-sales-update/
00MrSlate00
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:30:22 AM

Overpriced, overengineered.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:23:00 AM

destined to fail
werich44
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:14:53 AM

GM has lost all of its credibility. Nothing more need be said.
FPLREP
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:09:28 AM

Be sure to save one for Obama.
markcayer
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:59:43 AM

Maybe a $41k price tag had something to do with it.
EnviroChemist
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:34:24 AM

The people that I know that own the Volt love it! The Volt may just not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Canucktree
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:29:01 AM

It is just hype on both sides.
bar1035
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:24:23 AM

Obama photo op inside
pilotmass
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:19:01 AM

$50k Chevy v $25k Ford or Toyota. Easy decision. And the Chevy interior looks like something that GM designed in the 1980s
dabayer
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:11:19 AM

Not surprised at all.

EVs are DOA.
gs7101
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:58:36 AM

I'm shocked!
Ltdc
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:51:28 AM

How long can you write about the Volt? It will sink or swim based on consumer interest.
MImusicman
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:45:05 AM

Garbage
cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:37:31 AM

A step along the way.....
Rockyguitar
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:35:24 AM

The DOLT is quite "on the nose."
Radar1992
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:32:18 AM

Solyndra...the The Volt...the same path...
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:31:18 AM

Another bad investment for GM and Chevy. The timing and technology were not in their favor!!!
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:26:31 AM

No one wants it. That's what happened.
daequitz
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:20:41 AM

So, the price is coming down.
No1ConMan
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:17:00 AM

Because it's a blivet!
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:16:36 AM

20
leeac
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:15:17 AM

EVs are getting better and are here to stay.
roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:10:37 AM

No interest in it here.
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:00:40 AM

No great solution.
George0446
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:51:37 AM

There is a place for electric cars. We just don't have battery technology to make them practical. Hence, the hybrids. You run a small engine and use the batteries to provide acceleration when needed. Now, I hear of an Australian company that is putting the electric motors in each of the four wheels. This eliminates the need for transmissions and differentials and gives you true 4 wheel drive. This is an idea who's time has come! Bring it on!
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:51:23 AM

Lots of intelligent people on gas buddy.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:45:50 AM

If only G.M. would go with style over bland.
epf
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:44:19 AM

Patience, its a virtue!
OriginalBudman
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:43:09 AM

I might actually be interested in one.
mandoid
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:37:45 AM

Well Flashcube the big problem with the Volt is the subsidy from the government
OriginalBudman
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:28:03 AM

I see a few around.
MyRedSky
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 4:49:50 AM

maybe it's an Edsel
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