The Chevrolet Volt, which was available in seven states for 2011, will go on sale nationwide today. These new orders will be for the 2012 model. CR got its test Volt in December in New York City.
The 2012 model also benefits from a $1,005 price drop, with some lower-cost option packages available. The biggest change is that the standard GPS navigation system is replaced by GM’s OnStar turn-by-turn feature. The base price for the 2012 model will be $39,995, including shipping. After the $7,500 federal tax rebate, that brings the net price to $32,495. The top price with options such as leather seats and a map-based navigation system, but no dealer markups, will be $46,265, or $38,865 after the tax credit.
Two new colors, blue and white, will also be available, as well as white and red interior accents.
Chevrolet will begin selling the 2012 Volt in states housing the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, as well as Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii in August. That will be followed by the Southeast in September: Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The Volt will then be available nationwide beginning in November.