During a recent interview with Plug-In America, former GM car czar Bob Lutz said that despite all the negative publicity heaped on the Chevy Volt from “right wing talk show guys,” and others, its March sales were predicted to be significantly better.
We can now confirm that this is indeed true. According to information released by General Motors, sales for the Volt last month totaled 2,289 units, which represents a 276.5-percent increase over the same period in 2011 and more than double the 1,023 units sold in February.
This comes despite a five-week production shutdown at the Hamtramck plant from March 19 to April 23 in order to help dealers clear out surplus inventory.
In addition, as part of its plan to match production with demand, GM has also announced that it will shut down production for three weeks in July, instead of the usual two-week stretch.
Nevertheless, with encouraging sales figures for March and healthy demand in Europe for the Volt and its cousins, the Opel- and Vauxhall-badged Ampera, it still looks as though 2012 will likely end a lot better than it started out for GM’s extended range electric car.