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PHOTO CAPTION: GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson with Chevy Volt.

GM to Build 25,000 Chevrolet Volts in 2011

GM originally planned to produce 10,000 Volts.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

DETROIT -- General Motors plans to build some 25,000 Chevrolet Volt cars this year to meet a strong demand for the plug-in electric vehicle, chairman and chief executive Dan Akerson said. "We have been pleased and a bit surprised with the initial demands, initial orders for Volts," Akerson said at an event on the sidelines of the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Volt production for 2011 was increased from an initial planned run of 10,000, Akerson said. Akerson also said that it was "likely" that GM would produce a plug-in hybrid version of its popular Cadillac SRX model, and said he would like to use the technology in all of the company's vehicle brands.

Akerson, speaking at one of his first major appearances since he took over the top job at GM in September 2010, was confident about the future of both his company and the automotive industry. "We are a growth industry," Akerson said.

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