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General Motors is having a hard time with the Chevrolet Volt. First, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into the vehicle over the possibility of post-crash fires, and now some of its dealers are refusing to take their allocations of the extended-range plug-in hybrid. For example, according to Automotive News, GM set aside 104 Volt models for 14 dealerships across the greater New York City market. Of those vehicles, dealers took just 31. The problem isn't just out East, either. The report claims one California dealer turned down all six Volt models allocated to him despite the fact that his franchise sold 10 of the vehicles last year.

GM, meanwhile, admits that ordering on the vehicle is down. The automaker attributes the slump to the fact that most dealers were awaiting resolution on the NHTSA investigation (the Volt has since been given a clean bill of health), though GM has announced a voluntary repair to prevent the fires in the future. Even so, public opinion on the vehicle has taken a ding, and many dealers may simply be waiting for the dust to settle before recommitting to the model.


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          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          God (more specifically, Jesus) = disease giver = killer of humans = fail
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        A Reason
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ha! Hilarious trolling. Well done Urchin. Your specious hyperbole brought a smile to my face. Keep up the good work.
      buckhorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      A billion spent on development. Came out overpriced for most Americans. Starts on fire. People offered their money back. Dealers don't want them. Did I mention a billion spent on development?
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @buckhorn
        Agree. Price is too high.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @buckhorn
        Many new models of cars cost hundreds of millions to develop now. And the fire part has been proven to be bogus except under extraordinary circumstances.
          buckhorn
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BG
          Fires a fire. GM reported they wouldn't start making money on them until 2016 and this was before all the problems. Once again, GM proves it sucks at running a car company.
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The heavly government subsidized Volt is a not going anywhere in the market. I'm sure most sales have been made to government agencies that have been forced to buy the cars or who are buying them out of political obligation to party and leader. The rest are bewildered enviornmentally conscious citizens who will soon regret their commitment to the planet. With a new administration in the fall will come a market based sales envornment for the Volt and GM, it's dealers and the public can soon give it a quiet farewell.
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        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Where do you come up with this stuff? "obligation to party and leader"? "With a new administration in the fall will come a market based sales envornment" You know, Bush signed the tax credit into law, *not* Obama.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
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          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          lmao about stupid tea baggers comments on this site. read a book please..and foreign newspapers
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          No, Obama did not make the Volt a 'justification for the bailout'. By that logic, Chrysler wouldn't have been bailed out because it doesn't have anything similar. Obama mentioned it as an example of the innovation coming out of Detroit.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          new administration... LOL
        Jonathon C Gable
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Isn't confirmation bias fun?
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Wow, where have these bizarre assertions come from?
      Dalton6225
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt: Expensive, Awkward exterior, Bizarre and Cheap looking Interior. In other words: A "hybrid" with a very questionable payback with the feel of a 1990's econbox on the inside. Not terribly surprising they have so few takers.
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        ammca66564
        • 3 Years Ago
        Underengineered? Volt is probably the most heavily engineered car to hit the market, ever.
          Jerry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          Its a Cruze with a hybrid powertrain! Just has a bigger battery than the rest. Gets a whopping 36 MPG hwy after battery is dead. Not worth $40k. GM boned this one.
          Jason Alan Sipes
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          Just because it has a battery and a EV drive doesn't mean it is the most engineered car on the road, the most engineered cars are cars like the McLaren F1, Bugatti Veyron and Ford GT.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          And how exactly do you determine that the F1, Veyron or GT are the most engineered? In reality, all three of those cars were engineered by small teams. The most engineered cars are the ones with the biggest markets: full-size pickups, mid-size sedans, etc. Mainstream vehicles have the largest engineering teams behind them.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ammca66564
          It might be the 'most subsidize funded engineered car ever'......
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        Ben
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't think its the actuall cost of ownership that is to much for people, for me if Im putting in 40k into a car Im driving something nicier than a C segment chevy. I almost purchased one then I sat at the dealership and said to myself really that's what I get for 40k and I walked away.
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          axiomatik
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          @Ben
          Different people look for different features in their cars. Many people want leather upholstery, I can't stand it. Being able to drive gas-free is the Volts primary feature.
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        Tweaker
        • 3 Years Ago
        They don't seem to understand that even the most miserly car such as a TDI is going to eat $1,600/year in fuel. From what I am reading, many Volt owners are proud that they have not even filled their tank yet. Good for them. Good for America.
          1454
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tweaker
          OR, you could just buy a leaf. Then you never have to fill up, and get this,THERE IS NOT A POSSIBILITY OF IT BLOWING UP. Just a thought. (Oh yeah, and it's cheaper by 10k. Or there is a the plug in Prius conversion)
          1454
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tweaker
          @Steve & Yomama, you're both wrong. www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/cells/chevy-volt-hybrid-drive-system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_Synergy_Drive The ONLY slight difference between the two is the fact that the volt is designed to give the electric motor priority over the gas one. Where the Prius system is more of a "booster". But you can easily covert the prius to an all electric below, I believe(but can be corrected if wrong, 31mph. The actual mechanical systems are extremely similar.
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        Famsert
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've done a few calculations and it seems to me that owning a Prius is always the better deal if you're purely focusing on saving money since the purchase price is so much lower. The only reason to buy the Volt or the Leaf is environmental.
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        Crash
        • 3 Years Ago
        You must not drive much to only have $175/yr in electric costs or your electric rates are extremely low. From what I've read, the Volt uses about 3 kilowatts per mile. So if I could manage to drive 12k miles a year on electric only (not likely), I would use about 4,000kw at 12 cents a kilowatt (my electric rate) or $480. OTOH a car like a Cruze should average roughly 28mpg @ 3.25/gal which would be rounded to $1,400/yr. So for an extra $10k to $15k, you can save $1k in fuel. That's a long pay back and explains why most people would likely be better off financially buying a $20k compact. But if your goal is simply to not use gasoline or eliminate as much gas use as possible, a Volt makes sense if your driving is mostly in electric mode. I won't dispute that.
          Crash
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Crash
          "I pay $0.055 for overnight power with a smart meter = $165/year. So yes, its cheap for me. Some people pay vastly more for electricity, sometimes 6 times my rate, so in that case the savings is much less, its something to check into before buying the car." That makes sense. I've looked into the smart meter but with kids etc, the daytime summer peak rates have kept me on a flat rate. You can't beat a .055 cent overnight KWH rate.
          1454
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Crash
          Shhhhh, Steve might actually realize he made a really poor purchase.
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          @Crash
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know, the Volt is a good car, and a step in a potentially bountiful direction - if a direction that isn't going to pay off on a mainstream purchase for probably a decade, as battery tech evolves and gets less expensive - but god your attempts to defend it are terrible, and make it clear you have absolutely no idea what the running costs of an average compact to mid-size sedan are. If you're spending $200/mo on gas in a Volt-sized gas car, you're doing trips that require the Volt to dip into the extended range tank. You're going to spend less money, sure, but there's no way in hell you're saving $14k in six years, and you're not saving the price premium to get into that Volt. Electric might be the future, and cars like the Volt on the market are a good incentive to improve battery tech, but you aren't saving a dime when you buy one, and you're just making yourself look foolish when you make that claim.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          ^So how many people fit inside the IS350? How many people fit inside the Volt? Heck how many people fit inside the 20k Cruze? Some people too dumb to count the number of passengers in the car.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          what a stupid argument sukairain. by your logic the cruze is a better car than the a7 or a rapide?
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          ^Actually my apologies so Synthono, the reply was meant for a different post. from StevenG
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        don't justify..some people here are just to stupid to think, steve
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      nsxrules
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone with any knowledge of the auto industry should have known the Volt would be a flop, well except so called "news outlets" such as ABC, MSNBC, etc. etc. As someone already stated below it won't be long till Obama and his cronnies comes to the rescue (likely by making sure government agencies buy this overpriced turd for their fleets).
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        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        tea baggers...*yawn*
          BTCC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          How do you know he likes to have his balls sucked on? Don't you enjoy that too?
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Government intervention (from the onset) will only delay a FAIL. Too bad we all have to pay for it.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota Prius 2011 Sales number: 135,000 Chevy Volt 2011 Sales number: 7,671 --------- Game -- Over ----------- Next on the news - Chevy Volt a lesser Hybrid than Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf the only true EV?
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        reaktionar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        The biggest statement the Volt makes about its buyer is he is a dumb consumer.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @reaktionar
          for buying the only innovative car america made in decades?! yeah sure
      Kindofa Dick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why pay 40K for a Volt when you can buy a Chevy Cruze for 20K? It's pretty simple really.
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        @Kindofa Dick
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          Joe
          • 3 Years Ago
          Not anymore. With the sanctions they'll be thanking China.
          Sukairain
          • 3 Years Ago
          Oh boy, look at all the people with gasoline power cars, we are all supporting terrorists according to StevenG. This just in:: Leaf owners calling StevenG a 'lesser' terrorist supporter since the Volt uses gasoline as well. /Sarcasm
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        Ron Faldik
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        @Kindofa Dick
        Ive driven both.... The Volt was amazingly smooth and quiet The Cruz is in a league of it own for a gasoline powered vehicle
        MarcCBR
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        @Kindofa Dick
        Why pay $50K for a BMW when you can buy a Sonata for $20K. To each his own.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kindofa Dick
        beause i can't drive to work, go shopping and back without using any fuel in my cruze. pretty simple. moron
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Barry could always sign an executive order that all govt. agencies buy volts. That alone would keep the assembly lines humming.
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        spy4
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        @johnb
        I think that's been done. A couple of years ago something was done similarly to help Detriot. Billions were given to purchase fuel efficient cars, primarly the Fusion and Escape hybrid. Washington has lots of tricks to funnel money to Detroit.
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