Chevrolet dealerships halt Volt sales due to tool costs: Some...

Jan 2, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: AutoWeek

Some Chevrolet dealers have stopped carrying the Volt after deciding that their sales didn't justify an additional $5,100 for tools to service the plug-in hybrid.

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Big gubamint will squash them non-believers
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Autoblog, January 2, 2013:

Automotive dealerships are accustomed to training sales and service professionals when new models arrive, but the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt Ė and its pricey additional tool and equipment costs Ė is frustrating some low-volume retailers to the point of dropping the model from the showroom. A recent report says that many discontented dealers have stopped carrying the innovative sedan because General Motors is requiring a more significant investment in the near future, and the specialized costs (in excess of $5,000) aren't offset by the model's slow sales at those establishments.

This time last year, Chevrolet had 2,614 stores certified to sell its Volt (out of 3,079 dealerships). A full 70 percent of the sales were generated by the 300 highest-volume dealers Ė leaving 2,314 dealerships to fight for the remaining 30 percent. Some of those non-metro stores, like Jim Barnard Chevrolet in Churchville, NY, have sold just five units in the past two years (they are understandably opting out).

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Given low and slow sales, this isn't a surprise.
Sad, because the Volt is a nice product.

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Proteus wrote:
Autoblog, January 2, 2013:
Automotive dealerships are accustomed to training sales and service professionals when new models arrive, but the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt Ė and its pricey additional tool and equipment costs Ė is frustrating some low-volume retailers to the point of dropping the model from the showroom. A recent report says that many discontented dealers have stopped carrying the innovative sedan because General Motors is requiring a more significant investment in the near future, and the specialized costs (in excess of $5,000) aren't offset by the model's slow sales at those establishments.
This time last year, Chevrolet had 2,614 stores certified to sell its Volt (out of 3,079 dealerships). A full 70 percent of the sales were generated by the 300 highest-volume dealers Ė leaving 2,314 dealerships to fight for the remaining 30 percent. Some of those non-metro stores, like Jim Barnard Chevrolet in Churchville, NY, have sold just five units in the past two years (they are understandably opting out).
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Given low and slow sales, this isn't a surprise.
Sad, because the Volt is a nice product.
Either the Dealer pays for the tools or they donít sell the Volt. This is nothing new. Further, one will concede the Volt retains its number one position besting all of its competitors. Inventory is tight as well.
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No matter how it's spun (and by whom), Volt sales are not spectacular by any means.
Albeit, the Volt is a nice product, but sales of similarly sized hybrids are far higher.
When the public speaks, it speaks with authority.
Unfortunately, the public isn't buying many EV's these days.
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"The Energy Collective, January 3, 2013

The Chevrolet Volt, saw sales grow from just 7671 units in its difficult first year on the market to 23,461 cars in 2012.
Demand for the Volt capped a tumultuous 2012 for electric vehicles. In 2011, manufacturers fell well short of their sales targets. And as criticisms mounted last year, it seemed like automakers had to spend more time defending electric vehicles than actually making them."

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While I'm happy to see that Volt sales rose to 23.5 K units in 2012, that number is still miniscule compared to total 2012 sales for all fuel efficient vehicles.

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Letís do this again. Either the Dealer pays for the tools or they donít sell the Volt. This is nothing new. This is common for Dealers. Further, one will concede the Volt retains its number one position besting all of its competitors. Inventory is tight as well. This is very important considering all the competition.

With that said, these cars are doing just what theyíre supposed to. Itís a niche vehicle sold in small numbers to a select few. Comparing them to all fuel efficient vehicles is not an option and really is a non issue.
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Always the same way with JJFADS/Root---

I'm JJFADS and you're not!
I'm JJFADS and I'm always right!
I'm JJFADS and my word is the only word!

Kinda like the energizer bunny.

PS---Feeble sales are feeble sales, no matter how it's spun.

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Poor thing must be upset.
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Poor thing must be upset.
When all else fails, JJFADS/Root gets personal.

On the contrary, I take things a lot less seriously than JJFADS/Root does.
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Low sales equals low sales.
That's the cold hard truth about the Volt.
And dealers who sell so few that they can't afford the tools---that's sad.

Inasmuch as I would be pleased to see Volt doing better....if it quacks like a duck....

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Volt sales are exactly where they should be. If a Dealer decides they donít want to pay the price for the tool because their sales donít justify it, so be it. I love how you non auto industry people have so much experience and insight that you can make statements like you do. To top is off you turn rude when others donít agree with you.
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Volt sales are exactly where they should be. If a Dealer decides they donít want to pay the price for the tool because their sales donít justify it, so be it. I love how you non auto industry people have so much experience and insight that you can make statements like you do. To top is off you turn rude when others donít agree with you.
Non industry people?
This from a self anointed resident "expert"?

Definition of "EXPERT"....
"EXPERT is a two syllable word.
First syllable, "EX". is a reference to the past.
Second syllable, "SPERT", is a little drip under pressure.

Be advised I operate two successful businesses directly involved in the auto manufacturing sector; one which is in the auto parts/repair sector, and the other as a direct service provider to the auto manufacturing sector.(Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, are our customers.)
You, on the other hand, are a former low level manager for GM who was "downsized" and is no longer in the business.
Although you consider yourself knowledgeable in the industry, I find your contrbutions here are mostly self serving and parochial.
Half the time you are spouting from experience which is (a) Narrow in scope,(b) Dated,(c) Edited to suit your claims.
So please try to avoid unqualified judgements about others, and spare us the self serving "Im the authority and you're not" soliloquies.

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You are wrong about my experience and history with the auto industry and you are wrong about Volt sales. I have no idea why youíre giving us the expert speech as nobody referred to expert anything. I hardly believe a repair shop qualifies you as an auto industry insider. It seems as if you're knowledge of the industry comes from magazine articles via the internet.

Either way youíre wrong about Volt sales and as usual instead of actually admitting it or youíll, change the subject, tell us how connected your businesses are with the auto industry, call a few names, insult the USA by calling their Congress a joke etc.
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JJFADS/Root an expert?

As a spinmaster perhaps.(but very transparent)

But as an auto industry spokesperson?

NOT!!
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To JJFADS/Root:

The follwing is a response to your myopic defense of the US Congress:

535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of the US in line.

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year ...


An institution of great importance and history?

NOT!!!

If it isn't a joke, then what is?

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Thatís pretty disgusting. You are degrading our Congress. Is there anything off limits with you? Do you want us to start the bashing Canadaís parliament? You have no respect.

And you are still wrong about the Volt. One can see that you have no comment about it.

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Oh any you might want to double check the crap you get from the internet. That was an email that surfaced years ago and a lie to boot. Still, that's pretty low of you.
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JJFADS wrote:
Thatís pretty disgusting. You are degrading our Congress. Is there anything off limits with you? Do you want us to start the bashing Canadaís parliament? You have no respect.
And you are still wrong about the Volt. One can see that you have no comment about it.


To JJFADS/Root:

Re my comment about your Congress...

The reality is your Congress is currently behaving like children.
Complain all you choose, but that's the irrefutable truth.

Re your bashing of our Parliament....
You already have---many times.
And guess what---I'll agree with you on that score.
They act like children too.
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JJFADS wrote:
Oh any you might want to double check the crap you get from the internet. That was an email that surfaced years ago and a lie to boot. Still, that's pretty low of you.
No idea what you're talking about.
Or is this just another one of your typical "distraction" ploys?

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The quotes you put up about our Congress came from a bogus email that began circling years ago. It was changed again and again to read ďthe members of Congress, members of the NFL, members of UK Parliament, India, etc.

Itís a sham.
If anything is a distraction ploy itís exactly what you continue to do with silly comments like this one, or the Volt is not selling well comment without any knowledge of GMís intention with the tool fee, or calling me Root, or calling people names and instigating trouble on post number three of a fresh thread (thatís called trolling)Ö.or any number of the tactics you use to adjust the conversation, change the subject or act just downright nasty, only to blame someone else when you anger them into reacting to your conjecture.

By the way, I have never said one thing about your Parliament. Iím not that low.

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