The 2016 Chevy Volt will apparently be released in various Canadian provinces before being released in around 39 US states, according to recent reports. Bad news for those of us waiting for it here in the underserved states of the union, but good news for those in Canada, I suppose.
Canadian sales are slated to begin in November or December, going by a recent tweet from a Chevy spokesperson — a bit humorous when one considers the situation, as the model is being manufactured in Detroit, but won’t be released in the Michigan market until well after it is in California, a number of other states, and parts of Canada.
As it stands, the eleven US states currently slated to begin receiving 2016 Volts before the end of the year are: California, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
The reason for this controlled, selective rollout is to focus on the markets with the strongest sales, rather than being already thin across regions that don’t see strong EV sales.
GM-Volt.com got some comments from the company concerning the reasons for the news:
Media rep Michelle Malcho said today Chevrolet of Canada operates as a separate business unit from Chevrolet of the US and makes its own call on distribution. It is not a centralized decision coming from GM of Detroit, she said, nor does this change what was said about US distribution plans.
“It’s a business decision for multiple reasons,” Malcho said of considerations weighed by Chevrolet of Canada..
For one, Canada is a much smaller market, and secondly, Volt sales are clustered in key markets, and these markets will be served, she said. For these reasons, and other nuanced considerations, the decision was made to ship the Volt this year. By contrast, what was said of the US still stands, Malcho said. The large majority of Volts have sold in California and the 10 CARB states that will get the 2016 Volt this fall.
“We want to be able to focus on those 10 states first from a training perspective, distribution perspective and that’s what makes sense for our business in the US,” Malcho continued. “So I don’t think you can compare apples to oranges necessarily.”
“To me, there’s multiple reasons behind it,” she stated. “There’s not one single factor.”
Hmm. One has to wonder — I’m feeling like I’m not getting the complete story here.
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