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The Chevy Volt's Cousin Got a Price Cut, Too

By John Rosevear - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:59PM

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Sales jumped after GM cut the Chevy Volt's price. Now it's giving the Volt's German cousin, the Opel Ampera, a big price cut of its own.

You may have never seen an Opel Ampera, but it looks an awful lot like a Chevy Volt. There's a good reason for that: They're siblings. Photo credit: General Motors

Nissan (NSANY 0.01%) showed earlier this year that price cuts could work wonders for electric cars, after a discount for its Leaf sent sales soaring. That led General Motors (GM 2.65%) Chevrolet Volt hybrid to make a bold move with its Chevy Volt, cutting the Volt's price by several thousand dollars. It worked out well: Volt sales were up over 18% last month.

GM said on Monday that the Volt's German cousin would get a big price cut of its own. Will that lead to another big boost for GM? contributor John Rosevear ponders that in this video -- and asks whether price cuts will end up being the key to getting more buyers to consider electric cars.

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