This is a tough time of year to purchase some models. My wife and I were just at a Subaru dealership last weekend and they told us that they're not taking any more 2012 orders after this week. The car companies need a certain amount of time to absorb all/most of the 2012 inventory before they offer any 2013s, otherwise they'd have to heavily discount a lot of cars to get rid of them. This is especially important when going to a new ground-up design. Nobody wants the old model, so OEMs share very little info about the new one until most of the old ones are out of the distribution chain.
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Guys, it's not just the VOLT that has had the production schedule changed. I just got an email from the factory on the 2012 Camaro ZL1 that we have been waiting for. Basically, it said 'if it is not already built and/or in transit, then the 2012 order is cancelled and the customer needs to re-order as a 2013'. I don't know what changed but it seems like they are planning to launch the 2013 models even sooner than before. It won't be long before 'next year's models' come out on Valentines' Day.
The only thing that I would question is that one response said that there would be a better bargain for your money on a 2013. I hate to say, but if the common trend on new model year vehicles goes on as normal, you can usually expect a price increase each year. I don't see that this will change when the volt is still not a main stream hot seller. I hope that the price does decrease, but that is what the new Spark EV should be marketed as for an economy vehicle. There are still many nice optioned 2012's on dealer lots across the country and a good dealer should be able to do a dealer trade for you to get the car that you want. If you can't get your local dealer to work with you, then purchase what you want elsewhere and have it shipped to you or do a nice road trip to pick it up.
WOT, I resemble that remark! LOL!
And yes, I did over react but it is still like hearing a dog bark the national anthem when I hear GM dealers tell me that they don't need to supply their customers the product they are asking for because "They will come back eventually." Because a lot of them don't come back. There is a reason Nissan and Hyundai are selling so many more cars than they did 10 years ago and GM is selling less.
And our fine President still claims "the economy is on the way up".
'12 Black w/ Dk Accents, Loaded, C2026 (del'd on 9/26/11)
HID Headlights: 9006 v-leds Premium 5K, ballasts mounted outside canister.
LED Frnt Turns: 7443 7.5w HP Amber, Backup: 3157 CREE 7w HP 6K License: (2) 194 2w 4-LED HP Flank 5K, Backseat: (2) 194 2.5w 6K, Cntr Console: (1) 194 2w HP 6K, Center Map: (2) 194 2.5w Red, Cargo: (1) 194 2w Flank 6K, Vanity: (4) 3022 1w 5K
If GM was to train and equip dealers to sell like Serra Chevrolet in Southfield, then they were from 1500 to 2000 short in inventory before the shutdown. Of course gas prices could have headed the other way and my seat of pants estimate would be off. But for that to happen China, Brazil and India would all have to stop growing and pushing out petroleum demand.
So overall, count me as reacting the same way as Ziv.
You buy one seven or eight hundred miles away and make it an adventure to go pick it up. Also, you will have the pleasure of driving home the best car ever built.