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For some potential buyers interested in heading down to their local dealership to test drive a plug-in Chevrolet Volt, the wait is almost over. Chevy dealerships in the Volt's initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will, over the course of the next few weeks, receive shipments of dedicated Volt demo vehicles. Approximately 550 demo Volts will ship out in the first quarter of this year, with more than 2,500 Chevy dealers slated to receive a dedicated Volt for test drive use by the end of 2011.

Cristi Landy, Chevrolet's marketing director, outlines the importance of providing potential Volt buyers with actual some seat time:

We know the best way to experience the Volt is to get behind the wheel and drive it. Now, dealers will have the ability to allow consumers to form their own opinions of the Volt through test drives and demonstrations.

Interestingly, General Motors' research has indicated that 85 percent of consumers searching for Volt info at Chevrolet.com end up glancing over other Bowtie models like the Cruze, Malibu and Equinox.

[Source: General Motors]

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Chevrolet Volt Demo Vehicles Begin Arriving at Dealerships

Electric Car with Extended Range is Driving Force Behind Increased Showroom Traffic


DETROIT – For consumers wanting to test drive a Chevrolet Volt, the electric car with extended-range capability, the wait is almost over.

Chevrolet dealerships in the initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be receiving dedicated Volt demonstration vehicles for customer test drives over the next few weeks.

"We know the best way to experience the Volt is to get behind the wheel and drive it. Now dealers will have the ability to allow consumers to form their own opinions of the Volt through test drives and demonstrations," said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director.

According to GM research, 85 percent of consumers searching for information about the Volt on Chevrolet.com looked at other Chevrolet vehicles. "We are seeing that the Volt is increasing traffic onto our dealer showroom floors and is exposing consumers to Chevys line of 'gas-friendly' vehicles, including the Cruze Malibu and Equinox," Landy said.

In the first quarter of 2011, approximately 550 demonstration Volts will be delivered to Chevy dealers. By the end of the year, more than 2,500 U.S. dealers will receive a dedicated Volt for consumer demonstrations and test drives.

The demonstration Volts are the latest step Chevy has taken to match customer interest. Chevy expects to deliver Volts in all 50 states by the end of 2011. Customers nationwide will be able to order Volts with participating dealers beginning in the second quarter. Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

The Volt is an electric vehicle that offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      OR, you work for this website, and your job is to annoy people into commenting. Too conspiracy-ish? Maybe. Oh well, I like the site.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I'm one of those people who revel on other's misfortune's. Specifically, fat-cat corporations like GM, who try to peddle snake oil and inferior products and steal tax payer money in the meantime.

      The Volt will fail... time will tell. Once the novelty wears off, and there's a $40,000 sticker on the window, the cross shoppers will head back to their BMW, and Audi dealerships where their $40k is better spent.

      Good ridance. I hope the next bankruptcy turns out a better company. Maybe one with a better name too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sp, I can respect your straight-up hatred of the Volt and all things GM. If you want America's largest auto maker going down the toilet, so be it. Myself, I'm putting the chances of GM's long term survival at maybe 50/50. But thanks for not making up lies about the car like FT. Straightforward hating is so much more honest!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm from NC and when the Volt is available in Q3, I will be buying one. MSRP only for me. I'll be a first-time GM owner (Japanese makes previously.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey guys, remember how yesterday FT was claiming, as proof that the Volt wasn't selling, that you could just walk down to the dealership in Long Island and buy one "off the lot"? Good times.

      It turns out they haven't even had demo models yet, on a vehicle with a three month waiting list. Yikes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Frank, if you read what I wrote, you would know that I never claimed to have any idea how many Volt's Gm would deliver in January. I have no idea how many they will deliver in February. I do know that at this point, the February run is already ordered, since the build date, as of yesterday, is the last week in March.

        Again, you lied and said that a man from Lansing bought a Volt off the lot at Atlantic Chevrolet. Again, I called Atlantic Chevrolet and confirmed that the only way to buy a Volt from them was with a pre-order, currently standing at three months for delivery, give or take a week. Again, you were proven, through my actual fact checking, to have lied. Nothing you say from now on, whether true or not, can be said outside the shadow of that lie. Everything you say must be taken with a grain of salt.

        Your inability to understand what is a lie and what is not is shocking. You may have noticed that I make no claims about the success of the Volt. If I had to guess, and it would be only a guess, I would estimate that they sell about 50 thousand this year. That is only a wild guess and I don't claim it as fact. That's how I'm different from you. I know what I don't know, and I admit it. You make up lies, hard, checkable lies, about things that have already happened (the purchase of a Volt on Long Island by a Michigan man) and are caught lying. But you will so no shame. The internet protects cowards from shame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ouch, not only can they meet fleet volume and will release early in the rest of the states but sales are so slow that they can even build demo only units. OUCH!

        Makes sense considering they were only able to peddle 300 Volts in January.

        So much for "we are selling every Volt we can build".

        I actually feel bad for GM:(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tweaker, do an autotrader search. 117 available (and most dealers don't list their cars there so for every one of those there's probably another 10).

        Bad news, I hope GM can find a way to move this units as this is terrible news:(
        • 4 Years Ago
        You see Tweaker, I could easily point out how the photos on auto trader might be of already delivered vehicles, but Frank, who yesterday was claiming no dealer was charging over MSRP, can't follow the thread. He's just too slow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tweaker, if you were dealing with an actual human being who took responsibility for things he actually says, he would do what you are suggesting. But you are dealing with the online version of a sociopath, someone actually incapable of admitting wrong or taking responsibility. Frank is that well known type I would guess, a little man who wants to speak with assumed authority, but who isn't smart enough to pull the wool over anyone's eyes. He's transparent. He can make one claim one day (no one is selling over MSRP!) then turn around and make an entirely contradictory claim the next (look at all these Volts over MSRP!). It's because he doesn't have the faculties to maintain an internally consistent argument. He is, in the end, just dim. The only reason I bother is so no one else get sucked in by his lies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spence we all know lying comes natural to you but at no time did I say Atlantic had MULTIPLE Volts on their lot. I said they had the one the guy in MI bought sitting at the lot. In fact here's what I wrote:

        "They are rare because they are not selling well. He was able to fly to NY to pick one off the lot, OUCJ. Not to mention he got the car for sticker (so much for "high demand" causing mark-ups) and to top it off the car could only return 34 MPG. For a $26K car 34 MPG almost adequate."

        So as you can see you are the one lying (which is what's expected of you).

        Proving you a liar is like shooting fish in a barrell:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can just go over to the Volt forum and you'll get an instant nationwide picture of who has a Volt available where and for how much. The several known to be "languishing on the lots" are $5-10k over MSRP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally, FT, the guy in Michigan ordered the car in New York months ago because it was the closest place he could order it at the time. This is basic reading comprehension. You are the worst. troll. ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, if you bothered to call any one of those Autotrader listings, (or knew what you were talking about) you would know that every Volt is preordered and those cars listed don't actually exist.

        Call them. Then get back to us. I dare you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just noticed that GM had set up delivery times for more than 1200 Volts. It may take a few weeks for them to get delivered but there are more than a thousand Volts out there as of February 1st, and the production rate is going up. That is very cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh hey guys! FT gave us another date point to test. He told us to do an autotrader search! So I did, and guess what, I found 119 Volts listed on Autotrader, like this one, that they are asking 65K for:


        If FT knew anything about the car industry, he would know this is what is called a "scalp". That's where, just like with tickets, someone signs up as early as possible on a waiting list to get some hot new item, just so they can turn around and sell it at a huge markup. In this case, about 13 grand.

        You know when scalping happens? When there are new things that are really, really hot and that creates the expectation that people will pay more to have it now. I wouldn't doubt if half the people on the current waiting list are scalpers.

        Thanks FT, for proving that the Volt is so eagerly anticipated, that scalpers are flipping them for way, way over MSRP.

        Hey, remember how yesterday, you said the fact that this car wasn't selling above MSRP was proof it was a flop? I guess you should have done your homework.

        Thanks again!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the fact checking Tweaker. I'm getting exhausted in having to refute one man's lies with collected data. As you have shown, Frank is either mentally unable to tell a fact from an unfounded opinion, or he's just not interested in being any good at lying. He really needs to stop lying about check-able facts if he wishes to have a successful career as a troll. I know that ABG has no ban hammer, but for Frank's own sake, I hope he gets the basic cognitive help he needs. This forum can't be good for his mental health.
        • 4 Years Ago
        9 of 117 listed are of real cars, the rest are stock photos without details. I called 2 and no cars exist behind those stock photos. Whether the 9 cars still exist, I don't know and I don't care, 9 available today around the country doesn't sound like failure from here.
        Try again FT. On the Volt forum, plenty of people are looking and posting who has cars where and for how much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LMAO! The Volts for sale on Autotrader don't exist, never mind the pictures of the individual cars.

        You make my job much easier with every post:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can try to spin (do you work for GM?:) this anyway you like, but for the search I only checked cars at dealers. And dealers can't scalp cars without legally selling them as used cars. So your theory holds no water:)

        But even if it were true that would mean that sales numbers would be even lower as that would mean cars were being bought by dealers and not customers (meaning the dealer bought cars are part of the paltry 300 sold last month). OUCH:)

        The facts are the facts, the car is not selling well at all and that has allowed GM to meet fleet volumes, customer orders, is pulling in the date for release to all 50 states and is building demo units.

        Bad news all around:(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Spence, everyone can see your spinning:) Especially since I didn't say anything that you claim I did, which is why I proved you a liar by quoting my own comment:)

        Facts don't lie, 300 cars sold, OUCH:(

        Now I can see why you try to paint me as a liar, everyone knows you are one so you are trying to make people think I am one, LMAO!:)

        Problem is everything I have said has been proven right so far:)

        Spin-masters like you can't stand facts:)

        What BS will you come up with when February numbers come back and they show less than 2,000 units sold? You have a full month to concoct some wild a$$ story! Don't waste any time!
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT, you need a new profile if you are going to keep trolling articles on the Volt. You've been caught in a direct, refuted lie, so anything you say under this name, Frank, is totally suspect.

        Of course they took time during the ramp up to build demos. You don't sell cars with a waiting order, especially with a brand new technology, without letting people demo them. But since you are a dealership ninja, you undoubtedly knew that.

        Current orders have a build date in late March. Delivery between now and then is to fulfill existing orders. You don't know how many new orders are coming in (neither do I, not that I'm claiming to know), or you would provide that information. But as a proven liar, I guess we can't expect that from you. Sadly for you, you've broken the #1 troll rule. Don't get caught in an actual, refutable lie. Keep it vague enough to never be dis-proven.

        You failed.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Spence, nothing of the sort has happened. You called a dealer and they told you the standard GM line "the car is hot! Never mind the fact that only 300 were sold!".

        Fact is the car is so dead that a dealer in NY couldn't find a buyer in NY and claims someone in MI ordered the car ahead of time from them. LMAO! Even if that were true (and it's obvious spin) that would mean they couldn't find anyone in NY to place an order on the car, OUCH!

        So sorry keyboard warrior but nothing I have stated has been proven wrong. In fact everything I have stated has been proven right.

        Try again keyboard warrior:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, FT, the dealer lied. When I told them that I was interested in buying a Volt today, they told me that they didn't have them and I'd have to sign up on a waiting list. You see, the dealer didn't want my money.

        You claimed that Atlantic Chevrolet had Volt's for sale on the lot. I called and asked the dealership if they had Volts for sale on the lot. They did not have Volts for sale on the lot. This is called evidence. You lied.

        Of course, you retreat into the liar's prison of claiming that everyone else but you is lying. The dealer you lied about is now lying, though they have no reason to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, FT, you said that a man flew from Michigan and walked onto the lot of a Chevy dealer in Long Island and bought a car "off the lot". "Off the lot" meaning he didn't pre-order it, the car was sitting there unsold, waiting for a buyer. You offered no proof of this. I followed through and found out that this dealership is not offering cars "off the lot". Like I said, you're a dim one, but really, stop digging. You made up the story about the Lansing guy buying "off the lot", and you got caught doing so. That's the whole story, unless you can prove to me that this man, from Michigan, did not order this car ahead. That is the only way you can be validated. But you can't, of course.

        This is hold-up-in-court level evidence, FT. You have been officially caught in a lie. Be a man about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FT, you need a new shtick, your trolling is getting boring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know you fanboys just hate that everything I have predicted has come out exactly as I said it but being right 100% doesn't make me boring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you were right, how come every time someone asks for proof, you come up short.

        And whenever you provide information, someone manages to prove you wrong.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I just created an account solely to mention that FT's comments annoy me. FT, Spence is quite clearly laying out his case, and you continuously accuse him of "spinning", etc. I kept reading and reading, hoping you would back off this position and say you weren't sure of certain points or that you would do some more research, anything to suggest that you didn't somehow already have all possible knowledge in your head. But, unfortunately, I wasted my time. Thanks. All I can think of is you either just really like driving him nuts, have a financial interest in the failure of the Volt, or, like Spence suggests, just can't mentally handle the possibility of being wrong.
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