Skip to comments.GM temporarily halts production of Volt (1300 Union Dolts laid off)
Posted on 03/02/2012 2:06:18 PM PST by Islander7
GM, which is based in Detroit, announced to employees at one of its facilities that it was halting production of the beleaguered electric car for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees.
A GM spokesman told The Hill on Friday that production of the Volt would resume April 23.
"We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand," GM spokesman Chris Lee said in a telephone interview.
(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...
Is the commitment to the American public or is the commitment to clean energy, that we are going to get there any way we can? Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) asked in a hearing in the House in January about the Volt's reported battery fires.
When the market is ready
it wont have to be subsidized, Kelly said.
Market forces aren’t allowed to exist in Obama and the Democrats’ world.
This is why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were driven off a cliff.
Announced on a Friday afternoon to minimize the news coverage.
Obama said he’d buy one when he was out of office. Maybe he should resign and buy a Volt. Then he can claim he helped increase sales and create thousands of new jobs.
Stopping production will just about be spot-on.
GOVERNMENT DEMAND=”market demand”
I didn’t realize there was a market demand.
GM management strikes again.
And there you have it folks!...The Volt becomes an instant classic and flop all paid for by the U.S. taxpayer! FUBO!
If GM had any brains they would rename the Volt. A better name: The Zero. It is such a fitting name - on so many levels.
“We see positive trends, but we needed to make this market adjustment,” he said....
“We see parked Volts, but we needed to make this market adjustment”......fixed it.
And this is the company that supposedly had a record setting profit year?!
LOL. As Bill Cosby used to say in his stand-up comedy routines...RRRRRiiiiggghhht.
Obama is blaming the media on this failure of his.
So is socialism but come hell or high water the liberal die hard lifers in Washington will maintain it on life support thanks to hard working taxpayers.
I lost all respect for Motor Trend Magazine when it, pandering to the Zerobama administration, named Chevy Volt “Car of the Year for 2011”. What a joke.
BTW, Chevy is running lots of ads for the Volt, and I gag and change channels when these ads come on.
Market demand? what market demand?!!
Oh darn, truthguy road the lightning before I got to do the âI told ya soâ dance. I mean glad to be rid of him, but I would like to have been able to spit in his face before he departed.
Maybe if they put some fins on it.
I really dig fins.
They are so futuristic.
Don't tell me the MSM has gone racist now?
So the union Dolts got quite a Jolt from the crappy Volts.
And the answer to both is ZIP......
This is the car America had to build.
So sayeth Chairman Obama.
Good—maybe they will stop showing that crappy assembly line commercial.
The key to maintaining proper ?? inventory AND to continue ?? to meet market demands is to lay off ... the whole friggin' plant ...
Is THAT about it ?
GM (General Motors) is in real trouble again!!! It is not only the Volt that has failed. The GM numbers released yesterday were horrible for the entire company. Why? In January, GM was giving the cars away. In the USA, GM is sadly lacking in profit performance. The really bright spots are foreign car sales, mainly in the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Obama has backed the wrong horse, once again, with billions and billions of taxpayer money wasted or dished out to useless labor unions and their greedy members!!! will the American people and voters ever wise up!!!
‘BTW, Chevy is running lots of ads for the Volt, and I gag and change channels when these ads come on.
yes adn paying for the ads with OUR money
Fins didn’t help the Edsel.
But in the ad did you notice all the Green Awards the car won?
Yes. Now its called "Unsafe at Any Charge".
The Volt dead? No way. All ‘Ole Sparky needs is more advertising, a few billion more in subsidies, additional union labor, millions in Obama contributions, and of course, hope.
When elecrtic cars can store electrical energy in the same weight/volume as gasoline then I will consider an electric car, till then they can go pound sand.
But some ham-fisted moron in the government decided that the Chevy Volt was The Answer To Our Oil Dependency Problem, and that Americans would be better off if we bought a million of them. So they used their influence, as the new owners and masters of GM to demand that production be set at an artificially high level, because surely sales would follow.
It is easy to be fooled by the efficiency of American manufacturers and markets. You have a million moving parts, and somehow the right number of Chevy Cruzes get built and the right number of Ford F-150s get built. It is easy to figure that the single decision to build them is what drove the millions of individual decisions to buy them, because we are hard-wired to think that the cause comes before the effect. So if you build 100,000 Chevy Volts, the buyers will deus ex machina appear, because the buyers always seem to magically appear for every other product.
What the ham-fisted government employee fails to realize is that these decisions are made by intelligent professionals, with decades of experience and using every market research trick and tool they can devise. They don't just pull a number out of a hat, because they are betting Billions of their own Dollars on getting the answer right.
And, of course, sometimes they get it wrong, and they lose their shirts. History is littered with companies that bet the wrong way on a market and failed.
But when you work for the government, and you are betting with somebody else's money, you can just pull an attractive sounding number out of your arse and figure it will all work out. And if it doesn't, it just means the taxpayer is on the hook for a little bit more, so it's no big deal.
“it just means the taxpayer is on the hook for a little bit more, so it’s no big deal.”....
And there-in lies the federal governments way of doing all business....Throw taxpayer money at a pet project and if it works fine if not what next can we throw money at?
“We needed to maintain proper inventory” = We can’t sell the cars we are making.
In other words, Kelly, it will be subsidized for 50 years or so.
Hey, I have an idea! Maybe he could make another “compromise” with the Catholic Church and require each church buy ten Volts apiece. And if they didn’t want to do that, he could make their insurance companies buy them for the churches. And then all those laid-off lazy ass people could go back to being overpaid, lazy ass auto workers. Problem solved!!
And the “new improved” model could be called the ReVolt!
These high gas prices are going to really hurt GM, and I am almost sure that unless Newt can get in an implement his energy plan, within two or three years we are going to be faced with another GM failure. Why do I say this? Because, yes, they may sell more smaller vehicles, BUT, they are at risk of selling LESS SUVs and trucks, which is where their profit is generated.
Here is my title suggestion:
"Unsafe at Zero Speed."
Wherever he is, Edsel Ford heaves a big sigh of relief while Alessandro Volta is really P.O.’d.
Another side benefit will be that the enviro nutcases will stop claiming that the EV-1 was killed by a massive conspiracy. OK, probably not.
FU!GM & FU!Ø
“I lost all respect for Motor Trend Magazine when it, pandering to the Zerobama administration, named Chevy Volt Car of the Year for 2011
We need to remember that the entire print media, from newspapers to car magazines, has been infiltrated by 30 IQ, drooling left-wing ideologues, and they’re publishing the worst tripe and unreadable garbage in the history of American print media.