RIP Volt

Discussion in 'Volt' started by JyChevyVolt, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    My estimate of 10,000 was generous. The Volt is number 3 behind the Prime and Clarity. Next month will see the Volt drop to number 4 or worse.

    Running prediction 2/1/2018
    1. Prime
    2. Clarity
    3. Outlander
    4. Volt
    5. FFE
    6. Pacifica
    7. Niro (compliance)
    8. Ioniq (compliance)
  2. WadeTyhon

    WadeTyhon Active Member

    Prime will outsell the Volt this year. No question. Clarity PHEV I doubt. Maybe if you combine the BEV and PHEV.

    But either way, the Volt will not sell less than 10,000. In January of 2016, the Volt sold 996 units. IT then went on to have the best year the Volt has ever had. Whereas the worst year the Volt has ever had was 15,000. (not counting 2011.) And that was right before the Gen 2 launch.

    You're gonna feel pretty silly by the time fall rolls around, GM hits 200,000 units, dealers and GM drop the price to move product while the full rebate is available, the re-freshed 2019 model comes out, and anyone sitting on the fence finally pulls the trigger.
  3. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

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  4. WadeTyhon

    WadeTyhon Active Member

    When you ready your $1 bill to present to me, be sure to get a clean, crisp, freshly minted one directly from the bank. I don't want any scribbles or tape or wrinkles in that dollar bill. I intend to celebrate my triumph over a coke, so it needs to feed cleanly into the vending machine. ;)
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  5. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    Why is Gen 2 volt so unreliable? Its got poor rating from CR and truedelta. The reliability of Gen 1 has been pretty good for a GM car but the Gen 2 has regress back to old GM.

    Is this why the volt sales have gone downhill? My less than 10,000 sales seems like a good bet.
  6. WadeTyhon

    WadeTyhon Active Member

    2016 Volt had issues. Most of them small, but the worst one I recall involving loss of power steering. It was a very short model year with a run of about ten thousand units I believe. But it was the first year of the new Volt. Unfortunately, this is also the year that sites such as Consumer reports used to create their "prediction" of reliability.

    CR rated the 2016 Volt reliability a 2/5. With the small sample size of 2016s and the known issues with 2016s that's harsh but not unreasonable. As far as I can tell, they haven't changed this rating for 2017 or 2018. I haven't seen nearly as many major complaints about the 2017 and 2018 Volts.

    Of course actual owner reviews on Consumer Reports, Edmonds, and elsewhere are all universally positive. Probably why CR also rate the 2016 Volt's "predicted" customer satisfaction as 5/5.

    As far as why Volt sales are down:
    1) Sedans are unpopular now
    2) Small cars are unpopular now
    3) Several new PHEVs launched last year
    4) The Bolt has a range that exceeds many people's "range anxiety" and it has a form factor that is more popular at the moment
    5) A large portion of Volt buyers were former Prius/Toyota owners. Now they have the Prime. If the Prime went away like the Prius Plug-In then you could expect Volt and Clarity sales to rise a few hundred units each! :p
  7. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    Have you looked at truedelta? Brutal! Told my coworker to stay away from 2016 Volt. GM did too much cost cutting. Toyota will improve every generate. Why can't GM learn from the best?
  8. WadeTyhon

    WadeTyhon Active Member

    I hadn’t before, but I have checked out TrueDelta now!

    It basically confirms what I said before. Get a 2017 or 2018 not a 2016.

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