Sales of the Chevrolet Volt are expected to post a whopping gain when final figures for 2012 are released today – but despite setting a new sales record for plug-in hybrid technology the Volt still fell short of General Motors’ initial expectations.
Volt sales were up 239% through November to 20,858 and Chevrolet dealers are expected to have delivered at least 1,500 more of the extended-range electric vehicle in December, raising total sales for the year to more than 23,000 in the U.S. That doesn’t include variations of the Volt delivered in Europe or China.
Despite the gain, Volt sales remain substantially below GM’s expectations. The Detroit maker initially had hoped to sell more than 40,000 Volts in the U.S. alone in 2012 but backed off that estimate several months ago after twice temporarily idling the Chevy plug-in’s assembly line.
In 2011 GM, sold 7,671 Volts undershooting its target of 10,000 units.