The Chevy Volt has had some high highs and low lows during its time in production. General Motors’ extended range electric car has proven to be a hit with critics and awards for its innovative electric/gas hybrid technology, but just because people like it doesn’t mean people are buying it. Volt production has been suspended for low sales in the past, but GM says Volt sales this time aren’t being ramped down, just put on hold for a different reason. The entire Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Volt is made is being suspended to prepare for the new Chevy Impala.
“We are not idling the plant due to poor Volt sales. We’re gearing up for production of the new Impala,” said Chevy spokesman David Darovitz. ”We are comfortable with our current inventory levels of these products, which allows us to take time for launch readiness of the Impala. This may include making certain areas of the line more efficient, address space constraints for incoming materials, provide additional training and more.”
The 2014 Impala is a completely different car from the 2013 Impala, and given its importance in GM’s lineup, they want to make sure they get it right from the jump. Hence, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be shut down from September 17 through October 15 to ensure a good launch. The Volt has sold 10,666 units through June, a huge improvement over last year when the Volt sold only 2,870 in the same time period.
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