The next-generation Chevy Volt may be built exclusively in Detroit, but GM will truck newly minted examples aptly past proximal Chevy dealers for Canadian deliveries before Michigan and 38 other U.S. states are able to buy it.
The reason for this is unclear, but a Chevy spokesperson has tweeted most of Canada may receive the 2016 Volt by November or December, near the time formerly estimated that 39 states that do not follow California emissions rules would as well.
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As we reported last week, Chevrolet changed plans for those www.rawvehicle.com 39 states SO that they would instead receive a 2017 model Volt next spring while retaining plans for California and 10 states following its emissions rules to receive the 2016 model this fall.
The states in addition to California that will get the Volt are Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts
According to GM Authority, GM has not otherwise revealed a reason for the unusual go. Normally Canada has lagged behind the U.S. in receiving internally produced cars.
The news also adds questions to an explanation given to us by Chevrolet media rep Michele Malcho who said the automaker wants to get deliveries spot on in the largest U.S. markets before www.rawvehicle.com moving to other states, including those in which the Volt is not as hot an item.
As a nation, Canada normally buys one-tenth the quantity of cars the U.S. does.
What other considerations are being weighed are unclear but last week, Malcho said Chevrolet rethought its U.S. distribution plot based on past encounter with the first-generation Volt in 2011.
The hope this time, she said, is to avoid frustrations, and ensure a smoother roll-out nationwide. The staged roll-out the first time around saw spotty allocations, customers and dealers wondering when they’d get their cars, and other issues.
“It was a learning encounter, let’s place it that way,” said Malcho, and Chevrolet this time wants to focus on its key markets. www.rawvehicle.com California alone in 2014 accounted for 50 percent of all plug-in electrified vehicle sales, and it has been the Volt’s core market. Other ZEV states as well are stronger, say, than Wyoming for example.
So, Malcho said Chevrolet will get the Volt to these core states, then focus on the 2017 model for them and the rest of the nation next spring.
“We’re going to do it really well in these 10 states then go on,” she said of 10 ZEV states plus California.
This also will give Chevrolet time to do more thorough dealer training in the states where the Volt does not now sell as strongly, she said.
If we learn more, we will update this.