In what has to be seen as a big win for post-bankruptcy GM, more than 100,000 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids have now been sold to date, with the new milestone having been passed in October. That’s according to recent reports out of GM.
The new milestone was achieved just 2 months shy of the model’s 5-year anniversary. Of course, the newest Chevy Volt that is on sale now (the 2016 model years) is actually quite a bit different from the earlier models — following an extensive redesign. While the 2016 model year won’t see a full nationwide rollout, the 2017 model year is set to be released nationwide next year, and GM has stated it will be rolling the cars out to all markets essentially as fast as it can.
As far as the sales to date, unsurprisingly, the vast majority were in the US — with a fair number in Canada as well. Relatively sparse sales in the European and Australian markets made up the difference. Here are the specifics coming to us via the GM-Volt.com site (which is not owned or sponsored by GM):
Counting more than 9,900 rebadged and re-trimmed “Ampera” variants sold under Opel/Vauxhall nameplates in Europe, the tally is actually close to 102,000 following October sales. In this count are 84,656 Chevy Volts delivered in the US and 5,023 in Canada through October, plus through September are counted with help by sales tracker Mario R Duran around 1,750 European market Chevy Volts and 245 Holden Volts in Australia.
Among top European countries which absorbed the car, the Netherlands accounted for 52% of sales, or 4,976 Amperas and 1,065 Volts. Germany bought 1,539 Amperas and 73 Volts, and the UK took 1,250 Amperas and 124 Volts through June. The best two US sales years for the Chevy Volt at 23,000-and-change each were 2012 and 2013.
With the upcoming nationwide release of the family-friendlier 2017 model year of the popular plug-in hybrid, presumably, sales will see a large uptick. Many potential buyers have, no doubt, been holding off on purchasing their new Chevy Volt until the revamp was complete.
Originally published by EV Obsession.