PHOTO CAPTION: Chevrolet Volt being assembled on Hamtramck production line.

GM Reportedly Shutting Down Volt Factory For 4 Weeks

While GM won't confirm exact dates, spokesman did comment that company was matching supply with demand and preparing for Chevy Impala production on same line.

Published: 28-Aug-2012

DETROIT - General Motors Co., the largest US automaker, is planning to stop production for about four weeks in September and October at the factory that makes Chevrolet Volt cars, two people familiar with the plan said.

Sales of the plug-in hybrid sedan have not met chief executive Dan Akerson’s projections this year. Through July, GM sold 10,666 Volts in the United States, according to researcher Autodata Corp. Akerson had aimed for sales of 60,000 globally, of which 45,000 would be delivered in the United States. In June he said sales would probably total 35,000 to 40,000.

The people who described the temporary shutdown declined to be identified because Detroit-based GM does not make its production plans public. Automotive News earlier reported that the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will close from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15.


Chevrolet Volt battery pack is liquid cooled.

According to anonymous source, crystalized coolant allowed damaged cells to short circuit.

Chevrolet Volt structures would be made more crash resistant, despite already enjoying 5-star safety rating.

Proposed fixes include reinforcing battery back, strength body against side impacts and laminating circuitry.

Vauxhall Ampera is manufactured in Detroit.

Ampera uses similar platform and battery system used in the Chevrolet Volt.


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