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No Price Change On 2013 Chevy Volt

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On: Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:50PM | By: Chris Weiss

No Price Change On 2013 Chevy Volt

Chevy is doing a lot of talking about the 2013 Volt. We already saw that Volt buyers will get a little more efficiency with the new model. Of course, that left us wondering: How much will that increased range (and other updates) cost? The answer is - nothing. Chevy says that pricing on the 2013 Volt will remain steady.

According to Inside Line, GM confirmed that pricing on the 2013 Volt won't increase. Of course, it also said that pricing won't decrease, so there won't be a drop like the one between 2011 and 2012 models. The price will sit at the same $39,995 mark as the 2012 Volt.

It will be interesting to see what Volt competitors - particularly Nissan - do in terms of 2013 pricing. When the two cars launched in December of 2010, one of the Leaf's biggest advantages was in its lower price. The 2011 Leaf was priced at $33,600, while the 2011 Volt was $41,000. For the 2012 model year, Nissan increased the price to $36,000, while Chevy actually dropped the price just below $40,000. If Nissan increases the price of the 2013 Leaf, those figures will be getting awfully close, a fact that should give the Volt a nice advantage given its superior range and versatility.

Of course, with the plug-in market growing, the Leaf and Volt aren't as competitive as they were last year when they were the only mass market plug-ins on the market. Chevy's main competitor is probably the Toyota Prius Plug-in. Like the Volt, the Prius Plug-in is a plug-in hybrid (albeit a different set-up), not an electric vehicle.

The 2012 Prius Plug-in starts at $32,760, but Chevy is quick to point out that it only delivers 15 miles of all-electric range compared to the Volt's 37. Of course, the Prius Plug-in has superior gas-driven mileage thanks to its Prius base, so the final mpg figure should be competitive. The Prius Plug-in is estimated at 50 mpg in hybrid mode and 95 mpg-e in all-electric, compared to the 2013 Volt's 37 mpg gas and 98 mpg-e electric.

Though its price will hold steady, the 2013 Volt will get a few other modifications. A new power gauge will show how much power is coming from the battery and how much from gas when in extended-range mode. New options will include a new exterior color - Silver Metal Topaz, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.



jbb123 | 10:44PM (Tue, Jun 12, 2012)

How about alittlt more glass and maybe a sunroof

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