2013 Chevrolet Volt: Already At Dealers (If You’re Lucky)

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Sometimes, automakers mark the switch between one model year and the next with some pomp and ceremony, especially if the new model year is significantly better than the outgoing one. 

Despite the 2013 Chevrolet Volt getting an improved all-electric range, better EPA rating and the addition of a charge sustaining mode, over the 2012 Volt, its arrival at dealerships has gone unnoticed by most.

According to gm-volt.com however, one eagle-eyed Chevrolet Volt customer noticed that his Chevrolet Volt wasn’t a 2012 model, but one of the new 2013 models

At the moment, General Motors describes availability of the 2013 Volt as ‘spotty’, as production of the 2013 Volts officially started just after the Independence Day holiday. 

Rather than risk a drop in sales just before a highly-publicized launch date, GM made the decision to start manufacturing the improved 2013 Volt as soon as it had suppliers lined up, ensuring a constant demand at dealerships.

Interestingly, while GM’s official 2013 Volt production started in early July, GM admits it ‘sprinkled’ a few 2013 Volts into the production line while it was still making the 2012 Volt as early as June, meaning some lucky Volt owners may already be in ownership of a 2013 Volt.

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Over the next few months we’d expect dealers across the U.S. to have a mixture of 2012 and 2013 model cars available. 

Your dealer should be able to tell you if the car you’re looking at is a 2012 or 2013 Volt, but if you’re unsure, check the window sticker.

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt has an EPA-approved range of 35 miles per charge, while the 2013 Chevrolet Volt -- with a slightly larger battery pack -- is listed as having a 38-mile range. 

There’s also difference in the MPGe ratings too: the older 2012 Volt is rated at 94 MPGe, while the newer model is rated at 98 MPGe.

While the 2013 Volt is slightly more efficient than the outgoing 2012 model, and has the benefits of charge sustain mode, it’s worth remembering that the 2012 Volt is still a very good car. 

And one, that we’d like to remind you, that your dealer is more likely to want to offer a discount on than the 2013 model. 


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Comments (15)
  1. GM announced already on July 3 that it had manufactured 239 model year 2013 Volts in the month of June: http://media.gm.com/content/dam/Media/gmcom/investor/2012/0703GMNAProduction.pdf

  2. Well, dealer will tell you whether you qualify for all those discount or not. 2013 model also has matching roof paint colors.

  3. A couple tweets from #plugin2012 via @SDGE: (interesting numbers, even if missing context of a timeframe).

    "GM director says 21,500 Chevy Volts sold. Study of drivers say driving an EV reduces stress #PlugIn2012 #SDGEdriveEV"

    "We are @PlugIn2012 and GM says GE ordered 12K Chevy Volts for their fleet! What a commitment to green driving! #SDGEdriveEV"

  4. I think it is up to 25,000 Volt(Ampera included) world wide.

    90% of the sales are to retail customers according to hybridcar.om

    GE orders are real but it is NOT 1 year deal. I believe it spaces out for 4-5 years.

  5. At this point, I'd like to see the GE orders start to be delivered. That would be quite nice to see happening through the end of the year. Didn't they say they wanted 10K units? 500 per month for 20 months would be helpful in keeping the assembly line and pipeline moving along nicely.

    I bought a 2011 two weeks ago. Not only for the big discount but also to have the "first year model" of a revolutionary car. They really did a good job with this car and it's just bittersweet that it had to endure all the political backlash, NHTSA test issue and all that last year. GM was sitting on a "Prius-buster" and ended up with a "neat science project with growing interest". At least now, the sailing ahead looks clearer.

  6. @Xialong: Actually, Brian Henderson (above) is correct. GM's Britta Gross said at Plug-In 2012 yesterday that as of the end of June, 21,500 Volts and Amperas together had been sold.

  7. Maybe 25,000 is the number of Volt/Ampera that has been produced...

  8. A lot more than 25,000 have been produced. Of the 2012 model year alone, over 28,000. Then add 4,000 for the 2011 year, and now some for 2013. So at a minimum it's a little over 32,000, and it could be closer to 35,000 by now.

  9. And of how many Volts has GE taken delivery? What do they do with them anyway?

  10. not sure that an "eagle eye" is required. the VIN's 10th character determines MY. for 2012 it would be a "C" and 2013 would be a "D"

  11. You assume that people understand that in HEX, C is 12 and D is 13...

  12. How did you get a 2013 Volt picture with the Green HOV sticker so quickly?

  13. I'll be taking delivery of my Volt on Monday. It is a 2013 with D as the tenth character in the VIN. Several dealers in my area have 2013 models on their lots. Current lease deals were too good to resist any longer!

  14. Dave, as someone who has now had his 2012 Volt for four months, congratulations and enjoy!

  15. Robok2, thanks. I'be been waiting for an electric car for 5 years. Not being able to purchase one in Michigan until this year has allowed me to come to the realization that the Volt is the best of both worlds for the 24k to 30k miles I drive every year. I've had it for 5 days and the odometer has 771 miles on it. That would be hard to do in a leaf!

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