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GM leverages Costco Auto Program to boost EV sales amid market challenges

Costco Auto is a facilitator for franchised dealers and automakers, providing members with special pricing and vehicle incentives.

General Motors is tapping into Costco Wholesale’s extensive customer base to drive sales of its new all-electric vehicles (EVs). The Detroit automaker is utilizing the Costco Auto Program to expand its reach, especially with mass-market models like the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Blazer EVs. GM North America President Marissa West highlighted the importance of this partnership in a recent interview, expressing optimism about leveraging Costco’s brand and membership to promote GM’s EVs.

Costco Auto is a facilitator for franchised dealers and automakers, providing Costco members with special pricing and vehicle incentives. This collaboration aims to capitalize on Costco’s over 50 million U.S. members to boost EV sales, which have been slower than expected due to high prices and limited charging infrastructure. The program has facilitated more than 500,000 vehicle sales annually over the past five years, representing a significant portion of U.S. vehicle sales.

In 2023, 7% of vehicle requests through Costco Auto were for EVs, reflecting growing interest among Costco members. GM is currently offering a $1,000 incentive for Costco members on models like the Equinox, Blazer, and Cadillac Lyriq EVs, in addition to existing company or dealer incentives. This initiative is part of GM’s broader strategy to enhance EV adoption by offering competitive pricing and leveraging Costco’s trusted reputation.

Despite the challenges, including the high average transaction price of EVs at $55,242, Costco Auto’s partnership with GM and other automakers provides a compelling value proposition. The collaboration also includes other brands like Volvo, Audi, and Polestar, offering nationwide discounts and facilitating a seamless buying experience for Costco members.

Moreover, automakers and dealers partnering with Costco Auto benefit from the company’s marketing and advertising reach, enhancing their ability to attract and convert EV buyers. The program, which began with Price Club and merged with Costco in 1993, continues to play a significant role in the automotive market, particularly in promoting new vehicle technologies like EVs.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
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