Το Chevrolet Volt βρίσκεται στην αγορά 2 χρόνια και η GM ανακοίνωσε ότι οι οι ιδιοκτήτες του έχουνε ήδη διανύσει συνολικά περισσότερα από 161 εκατ. ηλεκτρικά χλμ. H Chevrolet για τον λόγο αυτό ετοίμασε και ένα Infographic στο οποίο μας δηλώνει οι ιδιοκτήτες του εξοικονομούν 1.370 δολάρια ετησίως, αφού χρησιμοποιούν τον ηλεκτροκινητήρα του Volt στο 65% των μετακινήσεων τους.


Η Chevrolet δηλώνει ότι κατά μέσο όρο οι ιδιοκτήτες γεμίζουν το ρεζερβουάρ τους κάθε 900 μίλια (1448 χλμ) ενώ συνολικά έχουν σωθεί 5 εκατ. γαλόνια βενζίνης.

Την ώρα που η Chevrolet ανακοίνωσε αυτές τις λεπτομέρειες, είδε τις πωλήσεις του Volt να μειώνονται κατά 50% μέσα στον Νοέμβριο μιας και πούλησε μόλις 1.519 αυτοκίνητα, με έναν από τους βασικούς λόγους να είναι η απογραφή που κάνει η Chevrolet στο εργοστάσιο της στο Hamtrack, εκεί όπου κατασκευάζει το Volt αλλά και το νέο Impala.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, η General Motors ανακοίνωσε ότι μέσα στους 11 μήνες του 2012 έκανε ρεκόρ πωλήσεων στη Κίνα αφού ήδη έχει πουλήσει 2.593.642 αυτοκίνητα (+10,4%) σε σχέση με τα 2.547.171 αυτοκίνητα που είχε πουλήσει όλο το 2011 στη Κίνα.

Τον Νοέμβριο πούλησε 260.018 αυτοκίνητα (+9,7%) με την Shanghai GM να πουλά από την αρχή του έτους 1.220.887 αυτοκίνητα (+8,7%), την SAIC-GM-Wuling 1.318.473 αυτοκίνητα (+12,5%) και την FAW-GM 50.345 αυτοκίνητα (+1,0%).

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Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass 100 Million Electric Miles

5 million gallons of fuel saved; $1,300 a year in fuel costs avoided

DETROIT Chevrolet Voltowners collectively have driven more than 100 million all-electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago this month. The average Volt owner travels more than 65 percent of the time in pure electric mode as the car was designed – only using the gasoline-powered generator for longer trips.

By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles, or a month and a half, between fill-ups.  However, many Volt owners quickly exceed that average, based on an EPA-estimated 98 MPGe that puts electric-only range at 35 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway. Andrew Byrne from Los Angeles is one of these drivers.

“Since my daily driving is all electric, I only really need to buy gas for long road trips,” Byrne said. “I drove over 1,900 miles on my last tank of gas.”

With each avoided trip to the gas station, Volt drivers continue to increase their return on investment. Based on EPA estimates and compared to the average new vehicle sold in the United States, Volt owners are saving about $1,370 a year in fuel costs.

“The best sign of a great product is when your customers are the most satisfied in the industry,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “Volt owners have found the Volt is not only fun to drive, but provides technology and performance where consumers need it most.”

This is the second year in a row the Volt has topped the satisfaction survey of one of the leading consumer testing organizations in the United States.

“My commute is 55 miles round trip, but with the Volt I use 80 percent less gas and save over $150 each month,” said Farris Khan from southeastern Michigan. “Plus the Volt is really fun to drive because of its instant torque; driving anything else feels like yester-tech!”

For the typical driver, the average Volt savings equates to:

  • Nine weeks of groceries at $151 per week
  • 228 car washes at $6 per car wash
  • 137 movie tickets at $10 per ticket

The 5 million gallons of gas saved is equivalent to $21 million in gasoline costs averted overall based on $4 per gallon of premium, or more than two supertankers of gas.

For the first 38 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.50-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

GM Sets Annual Sales Record in China

Second-highest monthly demand ever in November as annual sales near 2.6 million

SHANGHAI – With a month of sales remaining, General Motors and its joint ventures set an annual sales record in China. With domestic sales of 260,018 vehicles in November, GM’s sales in 2012 reached 2,593,642 units in the first 11 months compared with 2,547,171 vehicles sold in China for all of 2011.

Last month’s sales were the highest ever for November and the second-highest for any month in GM’s largest market, rising 9.7 percent from November 2011.

During the first 11 months of 2012, sales by GM and its joint ventures increased 10.4 percent year on year. Shanghai GM’s domestic sales grew 8.7 percent to 1,220,887 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling’s domestic sales grew 12.5 percent to 1,318,473 units. FAW-GM’s domestic sales decreased 1.0 percent to 50,345 units.

Shanghai GM sold an all-time monthly record 136,444 vehicles in China last month, as demand for its products increased 20.6 percent year over year. SAIC-GM-Wuling’s domestic sales were down 0.5 percent on an annual basis to 118,536 units. FAW-GM’s sales in China rose 4.2 percent from the same month last year to 4,837 units.

Buick once again led the way for Shanghai GM, as sales increased 17.4 percent year on year to a November record 70,172 units. Demand for the original Excelle family totaled 23,381 units. It was followed by the Excelle XT and GT, which sold 17,716 units – an increase of 16.1 percent from November 2011 and the models’ second-highest sales for any month. Setting a monthly record was the Regal, which sold 9,204 units – an increase of 12.4 percent on an annual basis. The Encore SUV got off to a strong start, with 6,025 units sold in its first month on the market.

Chevrolet also set a November sales record in China. Demand was up 15.3 percent on an annual basis to 63,012 units. It continued to be driven by the Sail family, which had sales of 22,394 units, a 10.6 percent increase year on year, and the Cruze, which had increased sales of 1.6 percent from November 2011 to 22,216 units. Malibu sales totaled 7,697 units in the midsize sedan’s first November being offered in China.

Cadillac set an all-time monthly sales record in China of 3,260 units, an increase of 8.4 percent on an annual basis. Leading the way in November were the SRX, with sales of 2,082 units, and the SLS, which had record monthly sales of 1,029 units.

Wuling sales in China dropped 0.5 percent year on year to 108,304 units in November. It continued to be led by the Sunshine, which had sales of 40,420 units.

Baojun’s November sales jumped 70.0 percent on an annual basis to 10,232 units, the brand’s second-highest monthly total ever. Its most popular model was the 630, which had sales of 6,429 units – an increase of 6.8 percent from last November.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 35,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2011, GM sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in China. It has been a sales leader among global automakers in the market for several years. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.