A recent post from the Bangkok Post confirms Thailand as the latest market that will certainly not receive the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The news site speculates that it’s the absurdly high cost of the car after import that prevents its sale in Thailand.
The first-generation Chevrolet Volt was tried in limited quantity in the Thai market, more as a trial run than an intended countrywide release. But despite glowing reviews from the automotive press in Thailand, the first-gen Volt’s cost would have been prohibitively high, at a staggering 3 million Thai Baht or more (about $92,000 US).
Conversely, Toyota does produce some quantity of Prius hybrids within Thailand’s borders, which is the only factor allowing the hybrid to sell in high enough volume for Thai consumption. Of course, the plug-in version of that hybrid is only available in select places (Thailand not being among them), and the Bangkok Post reports that even that hybrid hangs in the balance moving forward as sales aren’t as successful as Toyota would have hoped.
Thailand joins Europe and Australia on the list of markets which won’t receive the 2016 Chevrolet Volt EV. The first-generation car had previously sold as the Opel Ampera in Europe, and the Holden Volt in Australia, but the plug-in is being dropped in 2016 due to lackluster sales.