What’s that, GM? You’re knocking $1,000 off the price of the 2012 Chevy Volt? And now customers all over America can order one from your local dealership? Hells yes, I like where this is going, which soon should be everywhere.
No doubt, the Chevy Volt is not the perfect car. But there is something about all the haters dissing the Volt that makes me like it all the more. However, not even I can pretend like the $41,000 starting price is cheap, though reportedly that is exactly how much it cost to make the Volt in the first place. I’d still like to see the prices come down closer to $35,000 or so (before the tax break), and I think we’ll get there in a few more years. This is a timely price cut though, and shaving $1,000 off the price of a brand new car is actually a pretty big deal if you ask me. That’s like Apple knocking $20 off the price of the iPad because hey, we can make it cheaper now.
The price cut comes from expansion of Volt production this year for sales nationwide, as well as new package offerings. The base model Volt will start at $39,995, including an $850 destination fee (but not taxes, title, or registration obviously.) If you apply for the Federal tax credit, that brings the price of the Volt down to $32,495. Or, if you opt to get all the bells and whistles, the Volt will set you back $46,265, or $38,765 after the tax credit.
And now customers in all 50 states can put in an order for their 2012 Chevy Volt, though the slow rollout will limit availability (in other words, you might still have to wait a while.) Other changes for 2012 include two near exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic), two new interior accents, standard keyless entry with passive locks that lock or unlock in the presence of the key fob, a standard AM/FM radio with CD player and 7.1-inch touchscreen, and later this year a 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts. All this sounds good to me, though I am still holding out hope for a sportier Volt SS. Probably too soon for that, but hey, I can wish, right?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.