By on May 4, 2015

Mary Barra and Chevrolet Volt at NAIAS 2015

Even though the first-generation Chevrolet Volt has had its price slashed every year since its debut, the next-generation range-extended electric vehicle will be priced even lower. This aims GM’s offering squarely at a number of more traditional hybrids.

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  • avatar
    Hummer

    Great the trucks are subsidizing even more of the volt.

  • avatar
    Brumus

    We’re talking Formula One here.

    As such, I could see them staging a race in Iran.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Sunday sales? I don’t think they should be banned. If the owners personal belief says he shouldn’t be open then he shouldn’t be open but to ban dealerships from being open is silly.

    I was personally frustrated when living in MI how many dealers were closed on Sunday when I might actually have time to look.

    • 0 avatar
      Chocolatedeath

      Sunday is actually the day I just like to look and not buy. I dont like to be bothered. When I was growing up in NC it used to be illegal for them to be open but now they are and when I moved a few years ago it was hard to just window shop.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I think everyone makes too much over what day it is. I personally like the idea of closing a business for one day a week–whatever that day may be–to give their workers a break. No one likes working every weekend, which means retail jobs really stink when someone has to.

    • 0 avatar
      Pch101

      These laws allow the little guys to take a day off without fearing that they would be losing sales to somebody else.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        Little guys can’t approve a sale. Big guys want the day off and to make sure all the other big guys stay home, too. Or it’s a religious legislative artifact. Either way, I doubt little guys were the reason.

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          The big guys can afford the overhead cost of staying open, and they can probably make it profitable. The little guys end up with more costs, but not necessarily more sales.

    • 0 avatar

      Ah, those good old Blue Laws. I agree. Here in Oklahoma, dealerships are banned from being open on Sundays, but I feel they should be free to decide.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Many dealers in Michigan don’t have Saturday hours. The dealership I’ve bought my cars from does not. There is only one Ford dealership within 25 miles of me (LOTS of Ford dealerships) that has Saturday service hours. It’s oil change/tire rotation only. Better be in line at 730-800 or the line reaches out to Woodward.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Dealers should simply be closed the day they have the least business. If that’s Tuesday – then close Tuesday.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I’m fine with the dealership I buy from being closed on the weekend. They are probably leaving sales on the table by not having Saturday hours. Maybe it keeps good people around long term. It’s an accomodating and low pressure dealership, so I overlook the fact I wouldn’t be able to drop my car off on a Saturday for something.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    I think that not only should Sunday bans be rescinded but every state should also mandate that Sunday is Dealership Gay Day! Banners! Hats & Horns!

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Volt is looking really attractive………..

    You would save about $1200 a year compared to a regular car if you charged up only. That’s huge.

    Still though….. Golf Sportwagen with an APR chip….

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I agree. The new Volt looks like a car instead of a toy. I expect it to sell much better, regardless of tech improvements. That being said, the tech improvements and lower price are huge. Once EVs are price-competitive with ICEs, I think there will be this massive “Aha!” moment when people realize how little they cost to operate.

      It’s perfectly reasonable to spend $15k or more for fuel over the life of a vehicle. Running on electricity costs around one-third of gasoline, so that’s $10k saved on fuel over the life of the car. If the EV purchase price is less than $10k more than the comparable ICE car, then from a $$$ standpoint, it already makes sense.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Well those economics really have to factor in how long you keep the car. Most folks who buy new are not driving the same car for 10 years. Still though, if the Volt is within shooting range of a comparably equipped regular car it’s definitely worth a look. I think GM still isn’t marketing it right though. I didn’t know that it was a PHEV or what a PHEV was until I watched Alex Dykes’ review.

        The matter of how it compares to similarly priced cars is what will really make the difference. I imagine it’s competitively equipped. If I didn’t want a wagon this could work. Or heck… I could put the $100 (plus really, my wife’s Rabbit is horrible on gas) I’d be saving towards an old Benz wagon or something……

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The savings still isn’t there on a buy. A Cruze is still going to be $8K-$10K less, after tax incentive. It’s also going to really depend on your commute.

      I do think the Volt is an excellent lease. That government money used as a capitalized cost reduction is great on a 24-36 month term.

  • avatar
    redav

    Maybe the new Fisker burned down?

  • avatar
    stckshft

    Does Mary not have time to go shopping for new pant suit?? Can’t she at least send an assistant to the store?

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Alternatively, TTAC could find some images of her that weren’t all from the same day’s photo shoot.

      I’m more interested in which model agency provides the little people who can look comfortable posing in Volts or Cadillacs like that Aztec-y dude there.

    • 0 avatar
      Chicago Dude

      It’s ok for a guy to have 2 or 3 suits as long as he mixes up the ties on a daily basis, but a woman needs to have a different outfit for each day of the month or people start forgetting entirely about her job and just focus on her attire.

      Is the Volt crap because of her pant suit?

  • avatar
    wmba

    Amazing story on the DEA. No recourse for the truck owner as decided by an actual judge.

    Along with the eminent domain rules in the US, it’s surprising there haven’t been a couple of dozen additional revolutions since 1776. You’re free unless you’re not, and it’s legal. Seems unconstitutional but I’m a foreigner used to the hand-waving Americans indulge in when boasting about personal, as opposed to governmental, freedom.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Not all American judges are “actual”. Some of them are political appointees wearing black dresses. The federales know which judges to go to, who can be persuaded that the government has a “compelling interest” in this or that. With our system, it’s not over until the appellate court cases have made their way to the US Supreme Court.

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