Chevy Volt Outselling Half Of Cars On The Market?


If you listen to certain “news outlets,” you’d think the Chevy Volt was a flaming, steaming pile of sales crap that costs GM tens of thousands of dollars per vehicle sold. You’d be wrong though, as a recent roundup of all the vehicles the Chevy Volt is currently outselling shows that there is, in fact, a market for this high-tech American hybrid. user JamesMcQuiad compiled a list of cars the Volt is outselling in response to yet another right-wing hit piece. These numbers including the controversial low-cost leases, but why that should count against the Volt when it doesn’t count against other cars remains a mystery to me.

Using numbers available through August, McQuaid rightly points out that the Volt is outselling roughly half the new cars on the market. With 13,497 sales through August, the Volt is selling faster than a wide variety of vehicles, including (but not limited to) the Subaru WRX, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Mazda2, and the Nissan Altima Hybrid.

In fact, the Chevy Volt outsold every hybrid car on the market with the exception of the Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. That’s rather impressive if you ask me. Obviously, cars like the Nissan GT-R sell in very limited numbers…but the numbers show that the Volt is gobbling up a sizable chunk of the market.

That said, GM is still unlikely to reach its initial goal of 40,000 Volt sales in 2012. But it is undeniable that there is plenty of interest in the Volt from consumers across the country. Guess all that hate that Fox News reserves for the Volt is having the opposite effect.

Source: Christian Science Monitor | GM-Volt

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  • I am here in London and on occasion see an Ampera. I would think a little more European styling of the Volt would go a long way in the US.

  • I wonder what they’ll say when they sell 50K per year….


  • So it’s an average seller.

    • Oollyoumn

      Don’t confuse median with average. The volt is not an average seller. The average is much higher due to many very high volume sellers. Median says that if the Camry sells 500,000/yr, the volt sells 10,000/yr and the Aston Martin DB9 sells 1,000 and there are no other cars, the Volt is in the middle with as many selling more as selling less. But the average is still 170,033, which is 17 times more than the median.

      This is just a fluff piece that GM managers to get published regularly.

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  • Mark

    One of the things I find amazing is how active the Volt owners community is becoming. The critical thinking being produced aimed both at GM and the media by folks who thought they were just buying a car is very encouraging.
    Volt drivers have discovered that they have a front row seat to how Super Pacs work to pollute election issues like the US energy policy with nonsense.
    They have also discovered how helpless even an amazing CAR like the Volt is against hearsay.
    Here’s a good run down of some of the other myths being circulated to squash Volt sales that you might find useful.
    Since the beginning of the summer Volt sales have been at or above the level needed to break even, so it’s safe to say it’s going to be with us for a while. The sad part is that the clowns attacking it for political profit have had a serious impact on it sales.

  • Catherine Valdez

    Wow! I am happy that the Chevy Volt is doing so well on the market. Hybrid cars are a prominent catalyst in preserving our environment, and it is good that companies are doing more to be a part of this. As a part of Penn State’s EcoCAR 2, a competition held in North America between 16 universities to build a more ecofriendly car, I love to see vehicles that are safe and clean succeed. It is important to educate our future engineers so that they can continue to make great hybrids like the Volt.

  • Good to see the Volt is now discounted by 10,000 dollars. Should help ramp up sales quite a bit. If they can hit 100K vehicles per year, the cost of production drops to 10K each. At that point, you’ll probably see Volts costing in the range of a Prius. With the fuel savings on top, it makes the car a very economic offering. An amazing bit of American innovation we can all be proud of. One that may just help the world kick its oil habit.

    • Dignon

      Has you priced a plugin Prius? After tax credit, it’s about the same price as a Chevy Volt (after tax credit). The 6 mile PiP battery (12 if level ground, no acceleration, no highway) does not come close to the 50 miles I am getting with my Volt without babying it.

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