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Chevy dealers dropping the Volt over new tooling costs - report

 Chevy dealers dropping the Volt over new tooling costs - report
2013 Chevrolet Volt 7.6.2012

Dealers required to pay $5,100 to keep selling the model

The Chevrolet Volt has never lived up to sales expectations, but a new report is indicating that challenge could become more difficult.

Automotive News says that some Chevrolet dealers have refused to sell the model because their sales didn't justify the $5,100 (€3,860) in tooling that is required to service the model. The additional tooling is part of a prerequisite that was announced last month to continue selling the Volt. The bulk of the fee relates to a new battery depowering tool which will enable dealers to remove faulty battery sections and send them back to General Motors for repair.

Chevrolet declined to say how many dealers have stopped carrying the Volt, but only 2,614 stores were certified to carry the model in 2012 - this is roughly 85 percent of the brand's dealership network.

While some dealerships have dropped the Volt, other are investing in the tooling because it will be required to service the 2014 Cadillac ELR which will be unveiled next month.

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Comments (4)

 eddie eddie
I think the Volt is a great car. If I was looking for a car now I would highly consider it. I hope Chevy will continue to work with the car as society is slow to accept somethings especially as gas prices go down and we start falling into old habits.
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January 2, 2013 1:08 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
This thing a nice front but an ugly rear
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January 1, 2013 3:51 am
 sensei sensei
The Volt may not be THE car that is the game changer but the technology it ushers in will be. After all, the Model T is not the first car, but it was the first car for millions and it was not until say 1932 that the ICE was firmly established.
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December 31, 2012 7:20 pm
 pzigly pzigly
$5,100? thats it? thats only ripping off 5 customers who come in for normal maintenance..... that will easily be recouped in 30 min in the dealership.
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December 31, 2012 5:25 pm