GM to restrict 2016 Chevy Volt availability

The second-generation model will only be available in a few states for the 2016 model year, with a full roll-out secheduled for the 2017 model year.

General Motors is reportedly planning to slowly roll out its 2016 Chevrolet Volt hybrid, restricting initial availability to a few states.

The 2016 model year will only be available for residents of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to an internal memo published by HybridCars.

Production for California buyers began last month, while the other states on the short list reportedly won't begin receiving allocations until late October or later.

The other 39 states are expected to be delayed until late winter or early spring 2016, receiving units for the 2017 model year.

"Chevrolet has a shortened model year for the 2016 Chevy Volt that will have a limited distribution network," a spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Autoblog. "The 2016 Volt will be sold in our strongest EREV markets. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt will begin production early this spring and will be available throughout the country."

The redesigned Volt boasts a longer electric-only driving range, allowing owners to cruise for up to 52 miles before the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in. It also brings a new styling, consistent with Chevy's latest design language, and a lower price tag.

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