GM To Idle Volt Plant Again

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
gm to idle volt plant again

General Motors will idle production of the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in total, according to a report by Automotive News.

This round of idling, the second instance this year, will start in mid-September. GM claims that they are continuing to match supply and demand, though inventories are at 84 days right before the shutdown, compared to 154 when the Detroit-Hamtramck plant was closed earlier this year.

So far, GM has sold just under 10,666 units of the Volt in 2012, well up from 2010, but still far off projections that were as high as 45,000 Volts sold in 2012.

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  • Oboylepr Oboylepr on Aug 28, 2012

    Okay so now that the B&B have had their pissing contest between the (RE)volting GM apologists and the 'GM is dead' crowd (that's me:-)), answer me this: Is the Chevrolet Volt a success by any measure? forget technically because we already know it is but what about minor things like return on investment, contribution to GM's profits, overall sales, public acceptance etc. Or is it another sink hole for copius amounts of cash, you know, like the Soltice/Sky, Chevy SSR debacles?

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    • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Aug 29, 2012

      @ajla- Actually, SSR was Wagoner's baby. He drove a concept and decided it ought to go into production. He something along the lines of "I am no product guy, but this thing has to be built!" He was right on the first point, anyway. The vehicle looked great, to some eyes, but had neither performance nor load capacity. Not much of a sports car and not much of a truck. Its failure was a foregone conclusion, at least in my mind back in the day. Wagoner realized he was no product guy and was smart enough to bring Lutz on and empower him to move the product in a much better direction. As for Solstice/Sky- They outsold their direct competitor, Mazda Miata and were unqualified market successes from the standpoint of segment share.

  • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Aug 28, 2012

    Volt is certainly the best selling car that can be driven under electric power at any speed, roughly twice the sales rate of the only competitor, Nissan Leaf. A lot of fools around here made up the story that Volt was to "Save" GM. It was never intended to be a profit generator, but a first application of a practical, electrically driven automobile and it is doing very well at that. Dangerous to believe much of anything you read here, except, of course, my posts.

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    • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Aug 29, 2012

      @PCH- as usual, you are ignorant of which you write, particularly about what you think my role in GM was. I have never condemned the blue collar man. I have great respect for the many capable people in the UAW. By and large, they are good people trying to get a good day's pay for a good day's work. I put many UAW folks well above lots of salaried people in their competence, conscientiousness and capability. I have stated a clear and absolute fact: All three US carmakers were burdened with contractual obligations that couldn't be sustained in the face of global competition and depleted all of them over time such that the financial collapse of 2008 killed two of the three. I have also stated that the primary reason for the financial success of all three today is the breakthrough UAW contract of 2007, particularly the VEBA and elimination of Jobs Bank which relieved an $8B drain off the bottom line of GM, alone. Additionally, I never claim GM was perfect, didn't make mistakes, just that they, as the largest manufacturing company in the country, were also caught up in the downward spiral of American manufacturing competitiveness in the face of fierce global competition. Far from perfect, there are many factors in addition to management decisions that brought the industry down. To believe otherwise is to ignore empirical reality and simply assume all the Americans are stupid. I don't buy into that and have a very, very long and broad and deep understanding of the issues and dynamics of the industry. Does the P stand for Presumptuous? Typical presumptuous lib, put words in the other's mouth and attack the individual. Mikey and Geo, Thanks! Second place is a lot better than being called a drooling troll.

  • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Aug 29, 2012

    I know some knock anyone connected with GM, as a know nothing failure, but I just consider the source. Retiring from the Powertrain Product Engineering staff in 2008, I can assert with absolute surety that GM well knew Volt would not be a profit generator long before the sideline chatterers here knew much of anything about the car, or even initiated the silly GM death watch. Test drive one for yourself. It is a fantastic car and there are almost 2 cars per dealership in inventory, on average, so you might be able to get in one.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Aug 29, 2012

      @highdesertcat Olds, I have to agree with you about my use of the "Mass Exodus" phrase being inadequate. It cannot begin to describe what happened over the decades. But I didn't know of a stronger illustration to describe it. Full disclosure here: my brothers made a lot of money when they started selling the foreign brands next to their domestic brands, so it wasn't equally bad for everyone. As a driver of solely-domestic vehicles in the US until 2008 when we bought our very first foreign-brand SUV, a Japan-built Toyota Highlander Limited, I never even considered buying anything but domestic until then. Never drove anything else. Didn't know any better. And again, you're right with "The reality is that strong global competitors entered our market." And I've often questioned why the US government actively recruited foreign companies to set up shop in America which, in spite of creating some jobs for unemployed Americans in states that needed jobs, actually caused more harm to the US auto industry and the UAW. To me, it would seem that allowing foreign imports would have done much less damage to the US auto makers and the UAW. As in let the buyer decide what flies and what dies. But all that aside, the crowning glory of the US government has to be the NAFTA trade agreement. Don't misunderstand me, I've said this before to much criticism, but I would like to see ALL the foreigners pack up their toys and move to Mexico and import under NAFTA. That would keep a lot more Mexicans home, instead of over here, sucking us dry. (And before someone accuses me of anything, let me add I have a Mexican-born daughter-in-law who got here illegally at age 3 and is now a naturalized American citizen after marrying my son, years back. She feels even stronger about illegals being here, sucking up the benefits that she is paying taxes for.)

  • Doctor olds Doctor olds on Aug 29, 2012

    Another thing,every manufacturer sells to dealers. That is the correct definition of a factory sale. The dealers are their customers and pay them for the vehicles. A lot of the discussion around this topic conveniently ignores this hard and fast reality.

    • Sunridge place Sunridge place on Aug 29, 2012

      Yes and No. Some of the so-called B&B have a problem grasping the difference between a reported 'sale' or 'delivery' on the month end sales report and when the OEM books the revenue. The revenue is booked at 'sale' to the dealership but the monthly sales data in the US is a true delivery to a customer/business.