The 2016 Chevrolet Volt that was introduced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January, will not be launched in Australia. According to a new report from The Motor Report, Holden spokesperson Kate Lonsdale has indicated that there won’t be a right-hand drive version of the second-generation Volt, meaning that there won’t be an all-new Holden Volt for Australia. The reason is simple and clear – poor sales. The main factor behind the struggling sales of the electrified vehicle is its exorbitant price; unlike the U.S. which is the car’s core market, Australia does not get any sort of advantages with rebates or tax cuts on electrified vehicles. Moreover, it’s an imported vehicle.
The spokesperson reportedly says that the Volt was never intended to be a volume seller here, suggesting that the PHEV was introduced just as a brand-shaping product. The production of the first generation model has been ceased, hence the Volt is almost gone in the Australian market, apart from one demo unit available in Perth, as per the report. Over a span of three years, less than 300 units of PHEV were sold.
Still one possibility remains for the second-generation Volt to arrive in Australia by next year or a little later. Holden plans to introduce more Opel models in Australia, imported from Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant. The possibility remains limited though, considering the fact that German production would obviously result in an overpriced Volt, yet again.
[Source: The Motor Report]