General Motors is sticking to its 2011 U.S. sales goal of 10,000 Chevrolet Volts -- even though it would have to sell as many in the final two months of the year as it did in the first 10.
GM sold 1,108 Volts in October, a 53 percent increase from September and its best month since launching the plug-in hybrid last December. Sales have accelerated after a July overhaul of the Detroit plant where the car is built that boosted production sharply. Through October, sales totaled 5,003.
"I've never given up on a sales target in my life," Don Johnson, GM's vice president of U.S. sales, told analysts and reporters on a conference call. "Given the momentum we've got right now, I'm not going to give up on it now."
His motivation might be linked to the man who set the 2011 target late last year: GM CEO Dan Akerson. And when the boss says 10,000, that's what you shoot for.