GM To Idle Volt Plant Again
August 27th, 2012 11:27 PM Share
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.
Published August 28th, 2012 9:00 AM
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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?
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.
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.
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.