The 2012 Chevrolet Volt will be priced $1005 cheaper than the 2011 model, at just $39,995 (including an $850 destination charge) before any applicable tax credits. Buyers eligible for the full, $7500 federal tax credit effectively pay just $32,495. In addition, the 2012 model will be available for purchase in all 50 states; currently the Volt can only be purchased at dealers in seven states plus the District of Columbia.
In addition to the price drop, the 2012 Volt scores some additional equipment, such as passive locking, which unlocks and locks the car when the key fob is near the door; a three-year subscription to OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation; Chevrolet’s MyLink connectivity interface; and a new 17-inch wheel design with black inserts. There are two new interior trim colors, white and spiced red, as well as two new exterior paint colors, Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic.
Chevrolet says that a fully-loaded 2012 Volt -- optioned with a backup camera, leather seats, and premium paint and wheels -- costs $46,265 including destination, or just $38,765 after the full tax credit.
Availability of the 2012 Volt will increase steadily over the next few months, covering the entire U.S. by this November. General Motors will shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that assembles the Volt this month so that it can ramp up production capacity for the extended-range electric vehicle. That move will help GM meet its goal of selling 45,000 copies of the Volt in calendar-year 2012.