GM Suspending Volt Production For 5 Weeks

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

TTAC’s “Two Minutes Hate” was nearly torpedoed today – our best story was about a “wealth manager” and an Audi RS5. It turns out that we have some real news with which to aim our invective; GM is suspending Volt production again to eliminate excess inventory.

The Hamtramck plant will be shut for 5 weeks, from March 19th to April 23rd. GM currently has a 154 day supply of the car. 1,300 workers will be temporarily laid off. Despite this, the official line remains a cheery “ Volt sales have doubled” from last month, just like the Ford Focus is up 115 percent year-over-year. Of course, this is just a minor story which we’re promoting due to our anti-GM bias – excuse us while we report on car crashes involving “ sexual anus plugs“.

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  • Alfred p. sloan Alfred p. sloan on Mar 03, 2012

    You mean the public wasn't fooled into buying a 41k Four place car that barely beats the mpg of the 15k five place car it's based on? Stupid americans

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 03, 2012

    "The Converj is dead because the Voltec platform could only provide a 20-mile range in the heavier, faster Cadillac incarnation, and it would have cost $60k MSRP or more." Pretty sure your wrong about that as of August last year they had plans to build it for the 2013 model year. Unless something has happened since. As I stated before the shut-down of the Volt plant does not mean it's time to start a Volt death watch. Trust me the Voltec drivetrain will be around long enough for at least the 2.0 version.

  • Dimwit Dimwit on Mar 03, 2012

    Perception is reality. Now that the MSM has widely reported on this GM won't be able to spin that the Volt isn't a stiff. Middle America can't afford it and the cachet for the 1% isn't there. Also, the platform is ridiculously expensive. Not building any is the right move. The Volt is going to either be redesigned cheaper or die with a whimper.

  • Darex Darex on Mar 04, 2012

    Middle America can't afford it and no one on the East Coast (cities) or SF can buy one, because they don't have garages, despite the fact that it's in these very cities where EVs and the VOLT would be most at home. Summary: failure