A 2012 Chevrolet Volt Convertible
General Motors has just announced a new deal to bring the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid electric car to China at the 9th Auto Guangzhou show, currently running until November 28th.
The Volt, which runs on electricity from a lithium-ion battery and an electricity-generating motor, will be sold at 13 Chevrolet dealerships in eight Chinese cities, including the Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Foshan, and will be priced at 498,000RMB ($75,533).
The average cost for the 2012 Volt in the United States is around $40,000, or about 47 percent cheaper than the Chinese retail price. With rebates, the cost of buying a Volt stateside drops even further.
China will be among the first global markets to offer the Volt, which will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, using components made throughout Michigan. The Volt will eventually be sold in European markets as the Opel Ampera.
The Daily Tribune in Oakland County, Michigan reports that GM will market the car as an eco-conscious lifestyle choice:
The Chinese buyers of the Volt will be eligible to join the V+ Club. By calling a bilingual 24-hour hotline, members will receive one-on-one service. In addition, they will be invited to participate in a series of member activities that match their eco-friendly lifestyles, GM announced.
The car has reportedly been the main catalyst in reviving the GM brand, which had to be bailed out two years ago as the American auto industry was teetering around bankruptcy.
It’s proven to be no lemon either, judging by reviews: U.S. News & World Report listed the 2012 Volt as the second best vehicle in their Upscale Midsize Cars category, right after the BMW 3-Series, calling it one of the best hybrid cars on the market.
Time will tell whether people behind the wheel of a Volt in China will prove to be more conscientious drivers, in addition to being more environmentally conscious.