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.
GM-Volt.com 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.