It seems the Aussies don’t have much of a love affair with the Holden Volt, the rebadged Chevrolet Volt twin for Oz. The plug-in hasn’t been the hottest seller, presumably due to high prices.
Only 58 examples of the Holden Volt were sold in Australia during 2014, building a negative business case to ship the newest generation Volt to Australian shores. This is down from a still marginal 101 cars in 2013.
As we reported previously, the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt was teased early at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas days ago. Holden spokesperson Kate Lonsdale commented to Australia’s Drive saying there’s no guarantee the car will be available in the country.
“I’m not able to answer that,” she told the magazine. “We’re looking at it… we’ll review the business case.”
We’ve all heard that one before.
The Holden Volt is more expensive than other plug-in alternatives such as the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, ringing in at a steep $59,990 AUD, or about $48,000 USD. Lonsdale says the car “was always going to be a very niche model” that was not intended to break sales records. Meanwhile, look for the official debut on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt to happen early next week during the 2015 North American International Auto Show.