Slow CODA Sales AND a recall?

Slow sales is never a good thing.  Unless the product is a niche product.  With CODA, the tiny start-up electric car company based out of Los Angeles, CA, sales have been slow.  Horribly slow.

CODA’s been mum about sales figures since March (when the cars started showing up in the showrooms).  But, NHTSA recently recalled ALL CODA vehicles.  CODA won’t tell how many that is, but it seems that CODA has only sold about 78 (if that much) units since March.  The recall will fix a side-airbag problem:  The airbags may or may not deploy in the event of a crash.  Why?  Because they were not installed properly in Benicia, CA.  Oops.  This could mean life or death for CODA.  Here’s to hoping there’s no more problems with the car.

The All-New (ish), All-Cool (ish) CODA is in Town (ish)!

Since coming onto the slightly inflated U.S. car market, CODA really hasn’t made much of an imprint on the electric car market.  CODA, an electric car manufacturer based on SoCal, has a green and environmentally oriented philosophy.  They want to be the electric car gurus, or at the very least, dominate the field.  Sure,  their car looks like a 2005 Toyota Corolla, but the two cars are supposed to drive totally differently.  The Corolla is built for people who want economical, boring cars, while the CODA is built to satisfy your inner hippy, take you 125 miles on a full charge, and bring about a new technological revolution.  I have my doubts about the next technical revolution coming from a $35,000 electric car, but who knows? I may be wrong. . .

The CODA has a fairly powerful 134 horsepower, 221 lb-ft electric motor that will propel the car to a top speed of 85 mph!  VROOM!  The car may seem a bit pudgy compared to what your car is, but you’d be surprised how heavy YOUR car is compared to the CODA!  For those of you interested in saving the environment, but need utility, check out the Ford Focus Electric, which is pretty much the only all-electric competitor to the CODA (besides the Nissan Leaf).  The reason you should think about the Focus Electric is the CODA only has a meager 14.1 cubic feet of storage space.  The Focus has closer to 30.  I guess it depends on how much junk (er, stuff) you haul around.

To make an effort to be closer to you, CODA has many dealers:
CODA Silicon Valley:  4175 Stevens Creek Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051.  888-552-6081

CODA Los Angeles:  12101 W Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064.  310-820-3611

Marvin K. CODA San Diego:  1461 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.  619-219-2040

Fladeboe CODA:  Irvine Auto Center: 18 Auto Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.  949-830-7000

There is only one CODA Experience Center.  It’s in Los Angeles, at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard #133, Los Angeles, CA 90067.  424-249-1616.  I guess that it’s just another excuse to take a trip to Los Angeles…  I see a field trip in my future!

P.S.  The savings calculator to see how much you’ll save driving a CODA over your daily driver will give you hours of endless fun!