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RSS Report: Improving Chevy Volt sales leads GM to shorten summer shutdown


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Filed under: Hybrid, Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Chevrolet, UAW/Unions, Electric2011-chevrolet-volt-profile-628.jpg

Just the other day, we heard that General Motors might extend its traditional two-week summer shutdown to three weeks for the Chevrolet Volt. But, after record Volt sales last month, we wonder how the calendar looks in Hamtramck now. We wonder because we are hearing reports that the current shutdown - originally scheduled to run for five weeks, from March 19 to April 23 - will be shortened by a week. GM originally decided on the hold to reduce supply that had grown too large because of soft demand.

Don LaForest, the chairman of the United Auto Workers bargaining committee at the Hamtramck plant where the Volt is made, told Talking Points Memo that GM is "adding a week of production back in." The Detroit News reports that GM President of North America Mark Reuss said the same thing Wednesday during the New York Auto Show. Reuss said, "We're doing it because we sold a lot."

Increasing sales numbers (GM sold 2,289 Volts in March - well over double February's 1,023-unit total) come at a time when some of the right-wing attacks on the plug-in hybrid appear to have calmed down. LaForest told TPM that his union workers have been confused about these criticisms. "I don't think Newt or Mitt have said a single negative thing about the Nissan Leaf," he said. "They're attacking our car to get at the President. But our car is going to change the way America does business. It's a breath of fresh air."

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I have seen 3-4 different Volts hovering about my town. Glad someone is attempting to offset my Camaro :D

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Meh... They are too expensive for what they are.

There is a bunch of technology, I see the price point but I definitely agree it's not my cup of tee. Although if I would have to get a hybrid for some reason this would be it. Not only because it's GM but because it's one of the best looking ones :lol:

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It is one of the best looking but there is almost zero rear leg room. I was pretty upset.

How often are you going to be in the back just sitting :lol:

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How often are you going to be in the back just sitting :lol:

Not often but, I do take road trips and sleep in the back seat or if I'm driving the inlaws around, definitely not enough space for them.

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