Chevrolet Discontinues Avalanche Truck Despite Better Sales Than Volt

Note: This first appeared in Breitbart.com's Big Government.

Chevrolet will discontinue the pickup/sport utility hybrid Avalanche after more than a decade, due to sagging sales.

The vehicle, which debuted as a 2002 model, has offered buyers interior space of an SUV and cargo truck capability and spurred the growing popularity of crew cab, or four-door, pickups. Avalanche sales peaked in 2003 at 93,482, but by last year had fallen to about 20,000.

Wait.  20,000 units last year wasn’t enough to save the it?

Why then does General Motors (GM) continue to drag along the carcass of the Chevy Volt?  Which last year sold...7,671 units.  Or 38% of what doomed the Avalanche.

Here is the monthly side-by-side sales comparison.  (The Volt’s first sales month was December 2010.)


Chevrolet Avalanche

U.S. Sales


Chevrolet Volt

U.S. Sales

Dec 2010 2,106 326
Jan 2011 1,397 321
Feb 2011 1,414 281
Mar 2011 1,655 608
Apr 2011 1,339 493
May 2011 1,246 481
Jun 2011 1,667 561
Jul 2011 1,621 125
Aug 2011 1,789 302
Sep 2011 1,861 723
Oct 2011 1,696 1,108
Nov 2011 1,857 1,139
Dec 2011 2,564 1,529
Jan 2012 1,617 603
Feb 2012 1,794 1,023
Mar 2012 2,083 2,289
Total 27,706 11,912

Nearly 28,000 in sales ends the Avalanche.  But less than 12,000 Volts sold gets it even more government subsidies, media hosannas aplenty and Car of the Year awards.

The latter being the automotive equivalent of a premature Nobel Peace Prize.

The media incessantly hailed the Volt’s March 2012 number as some sort of huge one-month breakthrough. But it carries a monstrous asterisk, as it was inflated mightily by General Electric fleet purchases.

And even with that giant artificial balloning, it only barely surpassed the total of the doomed Avalanche.


The reasons to have the Volt join the Avalanche in automotive oblivion are myriad.

The Avalanche was a hybrid truck-utility vehicle, competing with a whole host of similar vehicles - both in the SUV and pickup classes.  The Volt - an electric-gasoline hybrid - was nearly alone in the marketplace.  Yet the Avalanche outsold the Volt in every month - save, again, for the artificially altered March 2012.

Perhaps this is in part because the roomy crossover Avalanche costs less than the diminutive Volt (bereft of the $7,500 in point-of-purchase federal government money).

Avalanche: $36,800 MSRP.

Volt: $39,145 MSRP.

And the technological marvel that is the Volt - gets exactly the same battery range as the 1896 Roberts electric car.

Driven by a tiller instead of a wheel, the Roberts car was built seven years before the Wright brothers’ first flight, 12 years before the Ford Model T, 16 years before Chevrolet was founded and 114 years before the first Chevy Volt was delivered to a customer.

We now have Indy cars.  Supersonic jets.  Space flights.  Moon landings.  Intergalactic satellites.  Computers.  Artificial intelligence.  The Internet.  The telephone.  The cell phone.  The Internet on the cell phone....

And a Chevy Volt that goes no further on a charge than an electric car that could have been driven new by a Civil War veteran.

A Volt which the American people don’t want to own.  Made by General Motors, of which the American people are still forced to own 33%.  As the result of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we’re poised to lose more than $30 billion.

Osama Bin Laden is dead - General Motors is killing us.

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Comment by John Gaver on May 1, 2012 at 12:29pm


I was going to wait till next year to replace my Avalanche. But I suppose that I'll have to replace it this year.

It's absolutely the best SUV ever.

I drove a Suburban for years, but was intrigued by the Avalanche a couple of years ago. Now, I can't imagine wanting anything else.

I have talked to people who have bought and sold a Volt and they can't say enough bad about it.

So you have a vehicle that owners revile and you subsidize it, while you have a vehicle that owners praise and you discontinue it. Sounds like the company is being run by business neophytes... Oh!... Wait a moment!... It is!

Comment by Peter D Sowatskey on May 1, 2012 at 12:12pm

I'm still waiting for the water car.  A Japenese fellow had one running around but he has fallen off the radar.  Also the fellow in Ohio and the one in Clearwater FL, both dead.

Anyone who has ever charged a regular battery knows the principal behind these water cars.  An electrical current put into water produces hydrogen gas.  That burns, explodes, with slightly less force than gasoline vapor. But it is enough force to propel an internal combustion motor.

The principal would be best used in a turbine motor, constant velocity, big flywheel to cover the torque demand of hilly driving.

That torque demand remains a problem yet, so most inventors use a gasoline back-up system for steep hills.  The fellow in Clearwater got so far as two HumVees sent to Iraq for testing before he was taken out.

You want to make one in your shop just bombard a water containing sphere with a high radio frequency.  You'll  find the right frequency with a bit of effort.  I hope I don't have to tell you about an outlet to a solid cylinder with a one way valve.  If I told you about the right frequency, we'd both be dead.

A heavy Wankle type motor might be enough to overcome the uneven torque demands married to the right automatic tramsmission.

Of course someone might declassify the data about fuel cells and then someone would figure out how to cram more electricity into it.  Not difficult with the right internal fluid mixture.  But we don't have enough coal mines to go that route.

The Chinese will release a water car before too long.  I'll just wait for that.

Peter Sowatskey  amazon.com/kindle/greenergreen

ps  don't forget to get ABSENTEE BALLOTS for the elderly in your circle come NOV.

Comment by Jim Coles on May 1, 2012 at 11:31am

You're in fine form today, Vern! I laughed out loud, brother.

Comment by Vern Shotwell on May 1, 2012 at 11:12am

The Volt is certainly a disaster of epic proportions!

I must admit that I had been considering a sportier vehicle, the  2012 GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition from GM.


But having heard the promotion of algae as an energy source, I am postponing my purchase. I've got an endless supply of pond scum that I could pour into the tank, you see!

Comment by Jim Coles on May 1, 2012 at 11:00am

MN ... I forgot about those government agency purchases...I wonder how useful those vehicles are?

Comment by mndasher on May 1, 2012 at 10:56am

The other thing with the Volt, many have been purchased by government; federal and state governments have purchased them.

Comment by Christian de Ryss on May 1, 2012 at 10:52am
The volt is just another obomanation. Let's make sure we rid our country of this menace in November. We have enough real challenges without "help" from the government.
Comment by Jim Coles on May 1, 2012 at 10:49am

The main volume of Volt 'sales' have come in two forms: 1. forced purchase of at least one by each and every GM dealer -- whether that dealer sells Chevy cars/trucks or not and, 2. government-subsidized corporate fleet sales...Our local GM broker/Chevy dealer told me over beers on my back porch that GM corporate had essentially jammed the one Volt on his lot up his 'a..' A few hundred silly people have bought the car for personal use but I'd bet dollars to donuts that mostly the car sits in the garage -- a bragging prize for deranged Lib 'environmentalists.' Even when I go to Nashville or Atlanta I have yet to actually see a Volt on the street.

I live in rural East Lower Alabama, a place where one cannot get from one town to the next and back home again on a single Volt electric charge.

I'm fixin' to buy a new Cadillac for my wife -- a CTS-V -- with every option and since it's the V-series it will come with a 515 hp supercharged V-8 engine (that's so I can tolerate driving it :-) ) ....the out-the-door price is less than $60K ... The car will deliver about 21 mpg on the highway and it will run on regular gas; although it prefers premium just like my '09 Pontiac G8 GT with its big Corvette engine) ... The out-the-door price on that awful Volt is $49,995 and it has far fewer options and luxuries than the Caddy...

I was looking at an Audi A8-W12 but I can buy nearly three Caddy-V's for the price of the Audi...and even if the Caddy comes from Government Motors I'd still rather buy American than even the best foreign car -- unless my only choice were between foreign and a Volt -- then I'd go foreign.

The Volt simply does not make sense in any capacity...

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