General Motors on Tuesday touted sales of its fuel efficient cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze, but its high-profile electric Volt moved 493 units in April, down from 608 in March.
Judging from GM's statement, $4 a gallon gas is pushing consumers to more fuel efficient cars. However, those gas prices aren't enough to make the Volt a mainstream purchase.
GM's April sales were up 27 percent from a year ago. GM cited sales of the Cruze and crossovers like the Equinox and Terrain. GM's Don Johnson, vice president of U.S. Sales Operations said:
"Recently, rising fuel prices have led many to re-think their vehicle choice."
However, the disconnect is that the Volt has sold fewer units year to date (1,703) than all of GM's cars---except for the discontinued Cobalt (679 units) and Trailblazer (11 units).
Year to date, GM has manufactured 2,678 Volts at its Detroit plant.
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