The Chevrolet Volt sales saw sales in April of 1,983 units representing a mild uptick from 1,865 units in March.
April 2016’s 1,983 units furthermore is 119 percent over the 905 units sold in the same month last year. For the first four months of 2016 the Volt is up 115 percent, with 5,970 units sold, as compared to 2,779 in the first four months of 2015.
Comparing year-over-year sales, the Volt is indeed doing relatively well, but a couple qualifiers are in order. Last year it was selling relatively fewer per month, it finished the year with 15,393 sales, and this was less than its strongest years of 2012 and 2013 which saw sales of 23,000-and-some each year.
Sales in 2012/2013 averaged close to 2,000 sales per month, which is where the Volt has been trending the past few months, though notable is last month was the best April to date in the Volt’s history since 2011 model year. In April 2014, a year of 18,805 sales, it sold 1,548 – 435 fewer than April 2016’s 1,983 – and thus was the former Volt’s previous-best April.
That’s a positive sign while plug-in car sales and hybrid sales are generally down, and eyes will be on whether the Volt breaks out to a new year-end high.
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Why the change? Well, for 2016 the Volt was redesigned, and the second-generation extended-range EV offers 53 miles electric-only range compared to a former 38 miles before, as well as a total driving range of 420 miles. It also has five-passenger seating for the first time (technically, as the rear middle seat is still too small for adults) and offers Apple CarPlay. It’s also restyled.
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The all-electric Nissan Leaf – which was launched the exact same month of December 2010 – was traditionally considered the Volt’s most natural rival, despite the fact that the cars aren’t directly comparable. the Leaf is also a counterpoint, a different kind of plug-in solution, and the two represented an East meets West matchup as well.
So, if one wants to compare sales numbers, the Leaf, which is still on its first generation with at most 107 miles range for just over $35,000 less $4,000 cash back at the moment, didn’t fare as well last month. Specifically, it was down 49 percent year-over-year, with 787 units sold. Through the first four months of 2016, the Leaf was down 34 percent, with 5,638 vehicles sold through the first four months of 2015, and 3,718 sold so far in 2016.
That’s likely more of a function of the fact that the Leaf hasn’t had a major redesign or refresh yet than it is a comparison with the Volt. Either way, the Volt has had a strong 2016 to this point.