Volt Production Shut Down Again

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It seems that it’s hard to keep the Chevy Volt factory open when no one is buying the fire prone, overpriced hybrid.  Hot Air has more…

As for now, though, even with the increase lately, the company still can’t sell enough cars to justify running the plant all year round:

GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15, one of the sources said. Union representatives last week told the plant’s roughly 1,500 workers about the scheduled downtime, the source said…

Volt demand has picked up this year, after sales last year fell short of GM’s goals. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, more than triple the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

GM executives have attributed the sales increase to strong demand for a low-emissions version of the Volt that qualifies for California’s coveted carpool lanes, which GM launched in March. Previous versions of the Volt didn’t qualify.

Volt inventories have been whittled down, too, to 6,500 units, or 84 days’ worth, as of Aug. 1. On March 1, just before the last production shutdown, GM had 154 days’ worth.

They shut the plant down from late March to late April too. Believe it or not, at one point earlier this year, they were hoping to sell 45,000 Volts in the U.S. alone. Yeah.

Again, this is an example of what happens when someone makes a product that people do not want.  Under the old GM, the Volt was promised as a evolutionary car, that was electric, with a gas engine that would only recharge the batteries. Then, under government motors, the car devolved into a very overpriced Prius alternative.  Go figure.

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Chevy Volt Production Suspended: And how Much did that Cost us?

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The Chevy Volt went from a very promising concept, to a very real failure.  If you recall, the Volt was initially a show car, and being planned for production prior to the governments takeover of GM.  The original idea was evolutionary; the car would be electric, with a small gas engine on board to charge the batteries.  It actually generated some excitement.  But, just before they were supposed to start rolling off the assembly line, we were told that the production Volt was nothing more than a hybrid car-and a rather expensive hybrid car at that.  Competing in a market against the much cheaper Toyota Prius, the Volt has not sold well.  That, and their tendency to catch on fire probably chilled sales as well.

Whether it’s the exorbitant cost, or the bursting into flames, Volt Production is being suspended for 5 weeks.  Gateway Pundit has more…

General Motors announced today that the company was suspending production of the Chevy Volt and 1,300 workers would be laid off.
Freep.com reported, via FOX Nation:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.

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The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.

Let’s translate.  “…we are still seeking to align our production with demand.” This means that people aren’t buying enough of the cars.

I wonder if they’re still going to roll out the Cadillac version?

 

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