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Chevy Selling More Volts Than Corvettes

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On: Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Selling More Volts Than Corvettes

The Chevy Volt hasn't been a top seller at GM, but it is outselling one icon in its second year on the market. We're close to halfway through the year, and the Volt has a comfortable lead over the Chevy Corvette.

Last year, Chevy sold around 13,200 Corvettes, not too far from double the 7,641 Volts that it sold. This year, however, the Volt has come from behind (not that it's really a competition) to outsell the Corvette. Through the first five months of the year, Chevy has delivered 7,057 Volts to dealers and 5,547 Corvettes. Since those are dealer delivery numbers and not actual sales, some of those Volts (and Corvettes) are certainly sitting at dealerships, so the number of actual customers may look different. Still, it's not a bad feat for the hybrid.

Of course, it's not a completely level playing field, either. The current Corvette was introduced in 2005 and is on its last legs. GM will introduce the much-anticipated C7 Corvette for the 2014 model year. So there's a good chance that many would-be Corvette buyers are waiting for the new model. The Volt, on the other hand, is only in its second year. Also, with the economy still tender, you'd have to think that highly efficient plug-in hybrid is a more attractive buy than an expensive, gas-guzzling muscle car.

The comparison is also a little off in that the Corvette is a high-priced, niche sports car that isn't a volume seller. Using Wikipedia's numbers, Corvette production has topped 50,000 only twice in its 60-year history and is usually below 40,000. GM originally planned to increase Volt production to 60,000 this year, indicating it has (or had) higher volume plans for the model.

More important for GM than the Corvette-Volt race that really doesn't mean anything, is that it's sold nearly as many Volts as last year and it's not even halfway through the year. It won't reach the once-goal of 45,000, but it should more than double last year's numbers. It may even hit the 20,000 mark that Nissan set for the Leaf but will need a miracle to achieve with less than 3,000 Leaf sales through May.


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