Shoppers can now place their order for the Chevrolet Volt at any Chevrolet dealership across the country. The plug-in electric hybrid was only available in seven states and the District of Columbia when the 2011 model first hit the market.
The 2012 Volt starts at $39,995 before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. This is about $1,000 less than the 2011. Kelley Blue Book recently reported the 2011 Volt will be worth $17,000 after three years of ownership, so shoppers who want to purchase a 2012 Volt may want to consider its long-term ownership costs.
Chevrolet says in a statement it was able to lower the price of the 2012 Volt “in part because of a wider range of options and configurations that come with the expansion of Volt production for sale nationally.”
The 2012 Chevy Volt is available in two new interior trim colors (white and spice red) and two new exterior colors (summit white and blue topaz metallic).
The 2012 Volt also features four new options packages for a total of seven. Consumer Reports says shoppers will notice that touch-screen navigation is no longer standard on the Volt and had been replaced with GM’s OnStar turn-by-turn navigation, which comes standard for three years.
CNNMoney says the 2012 Volt also loses its standard six-speaker Bose stereo system, which may be part of the lower base price.
Chevrolet says new-for-2012 features on the Volt include standard keyless access when the key fob is near the vehicle, Chevrolet MyLink including Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones and available 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts.
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