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GM to idle Volt plant for 4 weeks, sources say
Automotive News ^ | August 27, 2012 | Mike Colias

Posted on 08/28/2012 2:54:30 AM PDT by equaviator

DETROIT -- General Motors plans to idle the plant where it assembles the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for four weeks starting next month, two people familiar with the plans said.

GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15, one of the sources said. Union representatives last week told the plant's roughly 1,500 workers about the scheduled downtime, the source said.

GM also notified suppliers last week, according to another source in the supply chain.

A GM spokesman wouldn't confirm whether the company planned to idle the plant.

"We don't comment on production schedules," the spokesman said. "We continue to match supply and demand."

GM assembles the Volt and recently began making small numbers of the redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which straddles both cities' limits. GM assembled 590 Malibus in June and July, according to the Automotive News Data Center.

Most Malibu production is done at GM's Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kan.

Second curtailment

It's the second time this year that GM has throttled back on Volt production. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant was idled from March 19 until April 16 amid swollen Volt inventories.

Volt demand has picked up this year, after sales last year fell short of GM's goals. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, more than triple the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

GM executives have attributed the sales increase to strong demand for a low-emissions version of the Volt that qualifies for California's coveted carpool lanes, which GM launched in March. Previous versions of the Volt didn't qualify.

Volt inventories have been whittled down, too, to 6,500 units, or 84 days' worth, as of Aug. 1. On March 1, just before the last production shutdown, GM had 154 days' worth.

Tracking EV sales

Volt sales have been a closely watched barometer of demand for electrified vehicles, as several other automakers are in various stages of rolling out electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Volt also has become a target of conservatives who criticize the Obama administration's financial support for green-car technology.

GM has said it plans to add a second shift to the Detroit-Hamtramck plant once it starts production of the next-generation Chevrolet Impala sedan there. GM is expected to begin making the redesigned Impala at the plant during the first quarter of 2013.

James B. Treece contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: duplicate; gm; unexpected; volt
This should not come as a surprise.

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1 posted on 08/28/2012 2:54:30 AM PDT by equaviator
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To: equaviator

Volt=Vega


2 posted on 08/28/2012 2:58:11 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: equaviator
GM assembled 590 Malibus in June and July, according to the Automotive News Data Center.

Ok, I am all in favor of "flexible plants", but it is usually reserved for "like" platforms. I don't think the Malibu is on the same platform as the Volt. If so what are they doing? 590 for a production run it pitiful for a high volume car. Does that mean they were built slow and almost by hand?

What is really going on here? I am and you are (without our consent) "shareholders", I'd like to know...

3 posted on 08/28/2012 3:16:12 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: equaviator

Don’t worry about those UAW workers being laid off for 4 weeks. UAW auto workers draw 98% of their pay while laid off.


4 posted on 08/28/2012 3:32:21 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: equaviator

I’ve only seen one Volt on the road since this thing has went into production, and I could tell by who was driving it in my local community that it was someone wealthy enough to have discretionary income high enough to throw away on novelty items like that..........and a novelty is all it is. It makes the Edsel look like a sales winner.


5 posted on 08/28/2012 3:54:46 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: equaviator

OHMy!


6 posted on 08/28/2012 4:30:15 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Kyrie Eleison)
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To: equaviator

This is the traditional down-time for many plants to retool for the next model year.


7 posted on 08/28/2012 4:33:27 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: equaviator

Is the plant run on batteries too?


8 posted on 08/28/2012 4:37:15 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: equaviator

They have been so successful that they can afford to take a month off. Isn’t socialism great?


9 posted on 08/28/2012 4:41:02 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

At least they’re not sucking up OT, which is really where they haul in the big bucks.


10 posted on 08/28/2012 4:57:25 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Erik Latranyi
This is the traditional down-time for many plants to retool for the next model year.

That's true enough, but where's the traditional hoopla about the new improved snazzier model of the Volt. Ain't happening.

And this is the third downtime for the plant this year.

Detroit News. Aug 2 2012

The company abandoned its 2012 U.S. sales forecast of 45,000, saying it would instead match supply to meet demand.

GM had been forced to idle the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant for two stretches this year because of lower demand.

Factoring in the extended cost of the downtime the hidden cost per unit the Volt is mounting, making it a miserable failure in the market place. It's also become a hand built car in the process realizing no economies of scale.

11 posted on 08/28/2012 4:58:45 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: equaviator

And when hopefully, Obama is defeated the Volt willbe discontinued for good.


12 posted on 08/28/2012 4:59:46 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: equaviator
GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, more than triple the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

The government now has a vested self-interest in making gas prices rise - to sell more Volts.

Ah, for the good old days of the Yugo.

13 posted on 08/28/2012 5:02:39 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: equaviator
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14 posted on 08/28/2012 5:22:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
The no jolt volt.

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15 posted on 08/28/2012 5:24:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: equaviator

Embrace Nazi business models, die by Nazi business models.


16 posted on 08/28/2012 5:49:42 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: equaviator

“Volt sales have been a closely watched barometer of demand for electrified vehicles”

Only an idiot would believe that. With the subsidy, crony sales to GE, federal fleet sales, and grants to local governments to buy them, the Volt is certainly not a barometer of the market for electric cars.


17 posted on 08/28/2012 5:52:55 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: MachIV

I actually saw my first Volt this past Saturday at our towns transfer station(formerly the dump). It was bright red. It was being driven by a tall thin man in his 60’s.
On the back was a brand new Obama/Biden 2012 bumper sticker.
He did not appear to be poor based on the way he was dressed.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 5:58:58 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: pistolpackinpapa
Don’t worry about those UAW workers being laid off for 4 weeks.

I wasn't...

UAW auto workers draw 98% of their pay while laid off.

But now I'm kind of pissed off.

19 posted on 08/28/2012 6:36:06 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: equaviator

They have shut down to tool-up for a new safety system for the volt.....they’re going to install automatic sprinklers on them.


20 posted on 08/28/2012 6:41:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Erik Latranyi; All
This is the traditional down-time for many plants to retool for the next model year.

Yes and No...

If my memory is correct is was 2 weeks around the 4th of July. That gave them 2 months of production for new cars in the show rooms during September.

Ford in particular now has white collar - salary employees take one week off the week of 7/4 to conicide with plant shutdown / retool time..

Tanget to this last year the Obamatons played some funny downtime(s) with their GM'ers to boost employment numbers, this might be part of this as well....

21 posted on 08/28/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: equaviator
Borrowing a page from the 0bama playbook, where Team 0bama is holding down the size of the crowds on purpose, GM is holding down the sales of Volts to increase their value by making them as scarce as Picasso paintings.

Next we will be seeing where Volts are being auctioned at Sotheby's and Christie's.

22 posted on 08/28/2012 6:52:45 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: equaviator

Stupid question but don’t most auto companies shut down plants during the year to do repairs/maintenance and upgrade?


23 posted on 08/28/2012 6:56:36 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: lacrew

If GM wanted to increase Volt sales to the general public, all they would need do is rip out that bizarre power train system and install a 350 small bock Chevy engine with an Edelbrock blower.


24 posted on 08/28/2012 7:04:33 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: cripplecreek

I heard the Volt is going to be rebranded as the new “Firebird”.


25 posted on 08/28/2012 7:06:56 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

Or the new Pinto.


26 posted on 08/28/2012 7:09:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Stupid question but don’t most auto companies shut down plants during the year to do repairs/maintenance and upgrade?

You are correct.

However, it was/is usually done around the 4th of July to correspond with a lot of workers being on vacation. Those ones who weren't on vacation, then got OT for doing the retooling, which did not require as many workers.

That said, this shutdown is happening from mid-September to mid-October which is the traditional time for roll-out of new models.

Which is an even bigger indicator of the dismal sales performance of the Volt.

27 posted on 08/28/2012 7:09:28 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

So you’re saying that’s all it is?...Nothing more tuit than that?


28 posted on 08/28/2012 9:35:48 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
Don’t worry about those UAW workers being laid off for 4 weeks. UAW auto workers draw 98% of their pay while laid off.

Plus the Obama campaign gets to add 1500 workers!

29 posted on 08/28/2012 9:39:36 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

“I heard the Volt is going to be rebranded as the new “Firebird”.”

More like ‘Fireturd’.


30 posted on 08/28/2012 9:44:55 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: MachIV

I’ve only see two. One at a dealer, the other on the road. Hideous thing.


31 posted on 08/28/2012 2:39:15 PM PDT by matt04
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