Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    12:15 PM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Daily News Article Discussions > Topics Add to favorite topics  
Author Topic: What Ever Happened to the Chevy Volt? Just Look at These Numbers. Back to Topics
THZebra

Champion Author
Indiana

Posts:2,923
Points:867,460
Joined:Nov 2008
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.

Visit TheBlaze for full article
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
alterman156
Champion Author New York

Posts:9,135
Points:1,883,725
Joined:Dec 2008
Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:11:47 AM

The Chevy Volt might need some improvement.
Profile Pic
Night Owl
Champion Author Toronto

Posts:9,135
Points:2,110,700
Joined:Jul 2004
Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 12:02:10 AM

It's still very expensive.
Profile Pic
Hemond
Champion Author Providence

Posts:10,969
Points:161,955
Joined:Oct 2006
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.
Profile Pic
truvoice1
Champion Author San Diego

Posts:1,914
Points:703,925
Joined:Feb 2011
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!
Profile Pic
bwatchingu
Champion Author Arkansas

Posts:3,341
Points:927,450
Joined:Jan 2009
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 2:09:59 PM

Volt,The Exploding ObamaMobile.
Profile Pic
schatzila
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:5,986
Points:1,226,545
Joined:Jun 2010
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.
Profile Pic
brian1145
Champion Author Quad Cities

Posts:1,600
Points:662,735
Joined:Apr 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:49:34 PM

Seemed like a good idea when it came out.
Profile Pic
Taxrefugee
Champion Author Arizona

Posts:2,759
Points:698,410
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:33:48 PM

How about the number at comes after the $ sign?
Profile Pic
streetdesign
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:2,053
Points:898,495
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:10:46 PM

Way too expensive and the lack of infrastructure is hurting sales.
Profile Pic
doctorindyj
Champion Author Santa Fe

Posts:4,439
Points:1,136,885
Joined:Nov 2009
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.
Profile Pic
highdesertman
Champion Author Albuquerque

Posts:4,134
Points:2,042,870
Joined:Mar 2005
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.
Profile Pic
bongobro
Champion Author St. Louis

Posts:17,022
Points:2,649,290
Joined:Mar 2005
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.
Profile Pic
screwoilco
Champion Author Sacramento

Posts:1,730
Points:412,915
Joined:Nov 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 11:07:50 AM

volt has bolted
Profile Pic
vandamme
Champion Author New York

Posts:1,252
Points:139,780
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:52:28 AM

A diesel hybrid Cruze would be a much better idea. Much cheaper, too.
Profile Pic
DesertRat2011
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:5,254
Points:804,875
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:30:49 AM

I think I can count the number of Volts I've seen on one hand.
Profile Pic
rosa403
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:1,126
Points:244,740
Joined:Apr 2013
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 9:25:30 AM

too pricey...
Profile Pic
Buck_on_Bass
Champion Author Tennessee

Posts:9,368
Points:1,742,810
Joined:Jul 2007
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?
Profile Pic
CivicMA
Champion Author Boston

Posts:3,563
Points:860,520
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:41:19 AM

My interest never changed . . . it was always zero!
Profile Pic
orphancarguyPE
Champion Author PEI

Posts:5,347
Points:1,045,480
Joined:Jan 2011
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/
Profile Pic
00MrSlate00
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:1,804
Points:394,190
Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:30:22 AM

Overpriced, overengineered.
Profile Pic
investmentdr
Champion Author Cleveland

Posts:5,488
Points:1,772,405
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:23:00 AM

destined to fail
Profile Pic
werich44
Champion Author California

Posts:3,520
Points:796,350
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:14:53 AM

GM has lost all of its credibility. Nothing more need be said.
Profile Pic
FPLREP
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:9,962
Points:2,772,945
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 8:09:28 AM

Be sure to save one for Obama.
Profile Pic
markcayer
All-Star Author Ottawa

Posts:536
Points:93,215
Joined:Jun 2013
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:59:43 AM

Maybe a $41k price tag had something to do with it.
Profile Pic
EnviroChemist
Champion Author Oklahoma

Posts:2,521
Points:537,835
Joined:Oct 2011
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.
Profile Pic
Canucktree
Champion Author Alberta

Posts:6,099
Points:1,288,830
Joined:Dec 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:29:01 AM

It is just hype on both sides.
Profile Pic
bar1035
Champion Author Charlotte

Posts:11,699
Points:1,626,195
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:24:23 AM

Obama photo op inside
Profile Pic
pilotmass
Champion Author Boston

Posts:3,649
Points:828,315
Joined:Jul 2011
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
Profile Pic
dabayer
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:3,695
Points:783,645
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:11:19 AM

Not surprised at all.

EVs are DOA.
Profile Pic
gs7101
Champion Author San Antonio

Posts:7,108
Points:486,425
Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:58:36 AM

I'm shocked!
Profile Pic
Ltdc
Champion Author Long Island

Posts:8,769
Points:1,986,470
Joined:Jul 2007
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.
Profile Pic
MImusicman
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:3,523
Points:735,650
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:45:05 AM

Garbage
Profile Pic
cheapchickKY
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:5,910
Points:1,124,245
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:37:31 AM

A step along the way.....
Profile Pic
Rockyguitar
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:4,217
Points:1,519,945
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:35:24 AM

The DOLT is quite "on the nose."
Profile Pic
Radar1992
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:2,952
Points:636,565
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:32:18 AM

Solyndra...the The Volt...the same path...
Profile Pic
GasPriceHelp4u
Champion Author Dayton

Posts:4,331
Points:896,775
Joined:Jul 2008
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!!!
Profile Pic
Luckylindy
Champion Author Milwaukee

Posts:6,123
Points:1,449,285
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:26:31 AM

No one wants it. That's what happened.
Profile Pic
daequitz
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:7,940
Points:1,709,880
Joined:Jan 2007
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:20:41 AM

So, the price is coming down.
Profile Pic
No1ConMan
Champion Author Memphis

Posts:2,661
Points:541,940
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:17:00 AM

Because it's a blivet!
Profile Pic
BIGOILEATURCRUD
Champion Author North Carolina

Posts:8,243
Points:1,705,830
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:16:36 AM

20
Profile Pic
leeac
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:3,259
Points:761,825
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:15:17 AM

EVs are getting better and are here to stay.
Profile Pic
roadrunnerMO
Champion Author Kansas

Posts:10,068
Points:2,028,415
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:10:37 AM

No interest in it here.
Profile Pic
grandpadon28110
Champion Author Charlotte

Posts:6,364
Points:1,468,835
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:00:40 AM

No great solution.
Profile Pic
George0446
All-Star Author Massachusetts

Posts:944
Points:411,970
Joined:Apr 2012
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!
Profile Pic
Straitliner
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:3,205
Points:562,335
Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:51:23 AM

Lots of intelligent people on gas buddy.
Profile Pic
Yooperheart
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:5,245
Points:855,000
Joined:Feb 2010
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:45:50 AM

If only G.M. would go with style over bland.
Profile Pic
epf
Champion Author Grand Rapids

Posts:7,991
Points:2,218,400
Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:44:19 AM

Patience, its a virtue!
Profile Pic
OriginalBudman
Champion Author Barrie

Posts:12,423
Points:2,561,670
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:43:09 AM

I might actually be interested in one.
Profile Pic
mandoid
Champion Author Alabama

Posts:8,940
Points:1,837,380
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:37:45 AM

Well Flashcube the big problem with the Volt is the subsidy from the government
Profile Pic
OriginalBudman
Champion Author Barrie

Posts:12,423
Points:2,561,670
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:28:03 AM

I see a few around.
Post a reply Back to Topics