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China: Chevy Volts Testing Chinese Market Now

Just prior to news last week that Chevy Volt sales are way up in the US, GM announced that it was sending some Volts to car-booming China to test the market for them there.

“GM has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) to manage a fleet of Chevy Volts for ‘data collection purposes’,” Chris DeMorro writes on sister site Gas2.

“It’s no secret though that GM wants to prop up Volt sales, and where better than the Chinese market? Auto sales are booming in China, and the central government is raining money down on carmakers and consumers who opt to build and buy fuel-efficient hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell vehicles.”

The Volt’s cousin, the Opel Ampera, is doing quite well in Europe, and it won the European Car of the Year Award there (reportedly the first “American-made” car to win that award). So, it’s shown that it can do well on other continents. Note, however, that China’s got different rules for foreign and domestically built cars, and GM has to do some maneuvering to get the Volt a fighting chance.

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