If you want, and if you don’t feel discouraged by Ed’s op-ed piece in the New York Times, you can go to your friendly GM dealer and pre-order the 2011 Volt for an MSRP of $41,000 (before a $7,500 federal tax credit). A 36-month lease costs $350 a month, with $2,500 down. Bring a cot, we are given the impression that there are long lines at the dealerships. GM’s spokesman David Darovitz told Automotive News [sub], that based on customer reactions, GM expects demand for the Volt to exceed the 10,000 units it will build between its launch and the end of 2011.
To avoid shortages, GM has raised 2012 production plans for the Volt from 30,000 to 45,000. units from 30,000. Why they aren’t building more right away if demand outstrips supply will remain one of the big mysteries of the industry.
Come on. Barak Obama already took the Volt on a test-drive, which PBS calls “the shortest joyride in history.” And he likes it.
While touring a General Motors plant outside Detroit Friday, POTUS was invited to take the Volt for a spin. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. “I hope it has an airbag.” After driving for 10 feet, the president deemed the ride “pretty smooth,” and the test-drive was over. He had already bought the car anyway. For all of us.