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Chevy Volt sales pick up in March: More sold than January, February combined

Chevy Volt sales pick up in March: More sold than January, February combined

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General Motors sold 608 Volts in March, a small amount relative to larger brands, but more than double February's tally. GM sold more Volts in March than it did in January and February combined.

General Motors sold 608 Volts in March, a small amount relative to larger brands, but more than double February's tally. GM sold more Volts in March than it did in January and February combined.

For 2011, GM has sold 1,210 Volts. That figure is chump change relative to the 50,000 Chevy Cruze's sold to date, but the momentum appears to be picking up. Here's GM's sales statement and PDF of March deliveries.

As noted before, GM is gradually launching Volt sales nationwide so there's no need to panic about low sales figures yet. There may not be an accurate gauge of Volt sales until 2012.

Nevertheless, GM has to work through pricing issues for the Volt---a point that may be less of an issue as gas approaches $4 a gallon. As gas prices rise, electric vehicles look more compelling.

For now, the Volt looks like it's the domain of early adopters. Persistent high gas prices may boost the Volt's popularity over time.

Bottom line: Volt sales are headed in the right direction and the death watch can be called off for now.

Also see: First drive: Chevrolet Volt

GM's Volt sales: No need to panic...yet

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