Chevy Volts: Now Outselling Corvette
June 16, 2012
I’ve noted here before that the Chevy Volt had more sales in its first year than the now-storied Prius did way back in 2000, its launch year.
With fuel economy now the number one consideration for auto buyers, the logic of hybrids only keeps building, even among the dimmest of ditto-heads.
Here’s another interesting marker.
After a lumpy start to sales of the Chevrolet Volt, it appears that California dealers now can’t keep the range-extended electric car in stock.
According to an analysis of registration data from January through March provided by R.L. Polk, the Detroit Free Press reports that California bought more Volts by far–837 of them–than in the second-highest state, which was Michigan at just 232.
California buyers are crucially important to the future success of Detroit’s automakers, who sell far fewer vehicles there than Asian and European brands.
One in four Volts
Almost one in four Volts sold in the first quarter was registered in California, and the pace is likely to continue.
The Free Press quotes two different Chevrolet dealers saying they’re basically sold out of Volts, and notes that California dealerships are resorting to buying Volts from other dealers.
In an interesting statistical side note, Fox News reports that the Chevy Volt is now outselling the brand’s other low-production, high-performance halo car, the two-seat fiberglass Chevrolet Corvette.
Not only did the Volt outsell the ‘Vette when May sales figures came in (1,680 to 1,219) but it’s ahead for the first five months of the year (7,057 Volts vs. 5,547 ‘Vettes).