By on April 27, 2015

Mary Barra and Chevrolet Volt at NAIAS 2015

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt won’t go on sale in Australia as GM will not convert it to right-hand drive.

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    Now see, if it weren’t for Australia’s protectionist regulations about the side the steering wheel was on then the Australians would have more choice when it comes to Hybrid vehicles. Pity thier government wants to prop up Toyota.

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    an innocent man

    You mean GM won’t convert it to wrong-hand drive.

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    Well good riddance to a vehicle, the Volt, that none wanted

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      I am guessing you’re talking about Australia? Does it have anything to do with the pricing of hybrid vehicles in general in Australia that is out of whack?
      Please, give us some insight on this subject.

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        No they rather drive a diesel car , that gets staggering fuel economy. Hybrids have not had much of an impact here, even when offered at reasonable prices i.e. Toyota Camry

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        Big Al from Oz

        The pricing of these vehicles varies widely. It comes down to how much in handouts is offered to the consumer.

        If little is given, little will sell.

        I do believe here in Australia handouts for EVs and Hybrids isn’t as extensive as in many other OECD economies.

        This is good. As this gives a real indication on the desirability of this vehicle.

        It isn’t wanted and those that do want one will only buy if they can get them with a handout.

        Handouts is bad for a nation as the money could of been better spent than giving money to a person who already can afford to own and operate a vehicle.

        Silly, isn’t giving money to a person who has enough to buy a new vehicle.

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      I want a Volt.

      I’ll cross shopping it against a bunch of EVs for family transportation duty, though, so we’ll see where the chips land when it’s all said and done. But I really liked the Volt a lot when I drove it (the NVH was fantastic), and it *is* an answer to a question I asked.

      I live in the US, though, so my opinion is a little offtopic.

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    Super Troopers 2??? I want to see it meow!!

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    How does one make a RHD version of the dash without factory assistance?

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    The irony is that the GM decision reflects what I think is one of the big planning flaws within GM.
    Some companies will design vehicles at the initial stages to include both LHD & RHD as its cheaper to includes this in the early stages. I think Ford with its one world philosophy and Toyota because of its local market reflect this (Yes, I know there are local market exceptions to this rule, mainly reflected in US specific models).
    Whereas GM seems to put together individual business cases for each market and wonders why it has so many fails.
    A RHD Volt platform would have indicated Holden pretends to care for the environment. And meant potential for RHD Opel Ampera for the UK and/or a RHD Caddy for UK/Japan/Australia/India markets.

    Still I’m not surprised given how many failed models and business models GM has tried in Australia. They can’t seem to work out what they stand for in the market and continue to lose market share.

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      You would think they would have designed this car with right or left hand drive at the outset, especially since there was an Opel model that was to be sold in Europe. The self handicapping that GM does is mind boggling. GM engineering has done some brilliant work in upgrading the power train on the Volt, bringing it up to a purported 50 miles on a charge, yet they’ll limit its availability to buyers by refusing to do what is a fairly simple conversion for a company with the sort of means they have at their disposal. I’ve always maintained that GM never intended to build the Volt, but when bailout time came they used it as a way of convincing the government that they were worth saving and had lots of new products that fit with the green image of the then new administration. Just about the time I’m beginning to think my assessment was wrong they do something to show that despite some good engineering, it wasn’t thought through on the executive and marketing levels very well at all.

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