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SmashMouth 09-10-2012 04:25 PM

GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
General Motors is taking a $49,000 bath on each Chevy Volt it sells, according to a report.
Citing data provided by consulting firm Munro & Associates, Reuters estimates that each one of the ballyhooed pug-in hybrid vehicles is currently costing upward of $89,000 to produce. With a sticker price of just less than $40,000, that makes for a sticker price disaster.
GM denied the estimate, calling it “grossly wrong, in part because the reporters allocated product development costs across the number of Volts sold instead of allocating across the lifetime volume of the program.”
But Sandy Munro told FoxNews.com that he stands behind the number, though he added that it was calculated based on industry standards without any specific inside information about the Volt program.
GM has never released exact numbers on development and production costs for the Volt, in part because many of the components used to make it are shared with other vehicles, including its platform and internal combustion engine. Nevertheless, even before it went into production the automaker admitted that the first generation of the car was not likely to turn a profit.
GM's response to the Reuters article further states that “every investment in technology that GM makes is designed to have a payoff for our customers, to meet future regulatory requirements and add to the bottom line. The Volt is no different, even if it takes longer to become profitable.”
Reuters reported that cheap Volt lease deals as low as $5,050 for two years make the car even less profitable. And in a sign that there may be a wider market problem, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi have seen sluggish hybrid and plug-in sales, although Toyota's Prius has been a success.
GM must increase sales volume in order to get back its estimated $1.2 billion investment in the Volt. But the $39,995 base price and the Volt's complex technology have made buyers wary.


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QBREES9 09-10-2012 10:41 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
The Volt's complex technology have made buyers wary. Keep it simple GM

mutineer10 09-10-2012 11:10 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
They're not bad looking rides, but I'm not dropping $40,000 on one. I'll stick with my old S-10.

QBREES9 09-11-2012 02:05 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
I feel the same way 40.000. Are you kidding me how muck is a Toyota Prius.

Mardigras9 09-11-2012 03:48 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
Going green, in most areas today, is not cost effecient for the majority of consumers who already feel the economic pinch.

SmashMouth 09-11-2012 05:19 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
Taxpayers to get charged as Pentagon buys up Chevy Volts

Read more: Taxpayers to get charged as Pentagon buys up Chevy Volts | Fox News

mutineer10 09-12-2012 04:41 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 437486)
Taxpayers to get charged as Pentagon buys up Chevy Volts

Well, since y'all taxpayers are feeling generous, maybe I'll let y'all replace my old S-10 after all ... :)

QBREES9 09-12-2012 11:08 PM

Re: GM losing $49G on each Volt sold, according to report
 
A friend of mine has and he loves it. He has money !


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