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Volt Production ‘Temporarily Halted,’ Hundreds of Workers Laid Off
The Blaze ^ | 02-02-12 | Becket Adams

Posted on 03/03/2012 10:32:59 AM PST by Lazlo in PA

General Motors told 1,300 employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory that they were being “temporarily laid off” for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

“We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand,” he told The Hill in a phone interview.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: autobailout; bailouts; chevrolet; chevyvolt; envirofascism; fail; fraud; gm; governmentmotors; govtmotors; green; greenautos; greencars; greeneconomy; greenenergy; notbreakingnews; obama; volt
Looks like some for fail for the Regime. I thought this car was going to be so popular and indispensable that it would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. All it did was raise the unemployment rate.
1 posted on 03/03/2012 10:33:01 AM PST by Lazlo in PA
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To: Lazlo in PA
“We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand,"

So THAT is why production was halted, to bring capacity down to demand? ROTF!

2 posted on 03/03/2012 10:41:44 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Lazlo in PA
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee

Yeah, sales doubled from 3 to 6 units....

3 posted on 03/03/2012 10:41:44 AM PST by mikrofon (GM is re-Volting)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Go over to "GreenCarCongress"...

Last week they had 3 stories on the technical aspects of the up and coming Hybrid and "Energi" Ford Fusion.

They have to axe this Turkey before the Fusion comes out so they don't have to go mano-e-mano and then the Volt because it will look like a Trablant up against the Fusion.

Can't have that going into November with our "Dear Leader" being the Volt's biggest Cheerleader, he is going to have to fall in love with something else, and get it gone or he cooks his own goose.

4 posted on 03/03/2012 10:42:45 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

Something smells rotten in Denmark.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 10:43:17 AM PST by rovenstinez
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To: rovenstinez
Yes, I wonder if their is an engineering issue that has not been revealed as of yet.
6 posted on 03/03/2012 10:45:03 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Lazlo in PA
I thought this car was going to be so popular and indispensable that it would create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Yeah right, they can't even give the car away.

Oh wait a minute...that's what they are attempting.

7 posted on 03/03/2012 10:45:50 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The question to ask everyone is Who do you know who can afford $40,000 for a new car? I wonder what the percentage is of Americans who are struggling to even afford their car payment?


8 posted on 03/03/2012 10:47:00 AM PST by GoldwaterChick
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To: Lazlo in PA

A Voltage brownout?


9 posted on 03/03/2012 10:47:15 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: taildragger
That is an excellent point. The Ford looks like a far nicer and attractive vehicle. I would bet it will blow the doors off the Dolt that is saddled with ugly styling and a bad reputation.


10 posted on 03/03/2012 10:54:14 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

11 posted on 03/03/2012 11:00:27 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I could have sworn I read something within the last week about how well the Volt was doing and I thought “another lie” ... and surprise, surprise, surprise /s .... it was.


12 posted on 03/03/2012 11:00:39 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: mikrofon

“Yeah, sales doubled from 3 to 6 units.... “

Yep, . . . All given . . uh . . er . . uh sold to G.E..


13 posted on 03/03/2012 11:13:09 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Lazlo in PA

Shocking, revolting, and potentially charged news for sure


14 posted on 03/03/2012 11:13:29 AM PST by bigbob
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To: MissMagnolia

Didn’t the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize just say the Dolt was awarded “The Car of the Year?”

Matching production to demand is the reason they laid everyone off.

What a bunch of amateurs...


15 posted on 03/03/2012 11:14:07 AM PST by nj patriot (How is that hope and change working out?)
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To: Lazlo in PA
From the Automotive News, 6,300 Volts in inventory.

Also from the Detroit Free Press, sales of the two other cars made at DHam last month:

Cadillac DTS, 68 cars, -95.5%
Buick Lucerne, 304 cars, -88.2%

Yeah the economy is picking up speed, down hill.

16 posted on 03/03/2012 11:14:43 AM PST by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

From a former car salesman..... When choosing a new car, the very first question you should ask nowadays is.....

Is the battery bigger than a breadbox? If the answer is yes, don’t buy it.


17 posted on 03/03/2012 11:23:59 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Lazlo in PA
...seeking to align our production with demand...

What the Hell kind of archaic attitude is that? Clearly we need a dictatorship of the proletariat at GM so outdated, non-progressive thinking like that can be relegated to the bottom of the swarf and oil barrel.

18 posted on 03/03/2012 11:28:34 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: taildragger

Yes, I wonder if their is an engineering issue that has not been revealed as of yet.


You mean other than the whole car is a complete lemon and a bust?
The only consolation is it will serve as an example, from now until the end of time, what mixing government with private industry produces.
A very expensive lesson that probably most suspected from the get go was a bad idea.
Why should we have learned a lesson the quasi-government failure that was Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Ford,too is probably happy that the Edsel and the Pinto are no longer the biggest zonker of all time.


19 posted on 03/03/2012 11:38:15 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: GoldwaterChick
Who do you know who can afford $40,000 for a new car?

There are several categories of people who might want buy one. These people are rich, and they value the coolness factor more than some insignificant pocket change to the tune of $40K.

However Hollywood is not that large. It appears that Volt sales saturated all the demand that ever was. Now Volt needs new buyers. But there are no other people in the country who have more money than brains.

From my own point of view, Volt has a future battery problem. We know that current hybrids, like Prius, are not dependent on the battery that much, and the battery in Prius is NiMH, and it lasts about 10 years. We also know that battery in Volt is Li-Ion, and those batteries don't last (anyone who owns a laptop knows that - two years and you need a new battery.)

Volt also has limited range. I live in hills, which means that if I buy Volt it will be struggling to return home. But even on a flat terrain 30-40 miles is not a sufficient range. I need 30 miles for a daily trip around the valley; if I go visit friends that turns into 60 miles. I may also need lights, heater, windshield wipers, radio, and all other power consumers that I'm sure are not counted in the advertised Volt's range.

Volt has a gas engine. However why in the world would I want to buy a gas car that also has an electric powertrain if it will be used only in the first hour of my trip? A gas engine of Prius, for example, is far better in terms of fuel efficiency because it's designed for that. A gas engine of Volt is a last-moment drop-in to solve the range problem. Also that auxiliary gas engine requires premium gas - which is not good news right now. Volt is designed to run the gas engine from time to time in order to circulate gasoline, so eventually all owners of Volt need to buy more of that premium gas.

All in all, this car doesn't even look like a good technical implementation. It's a shapeless pile of random things thrown together to do the job. As an engineer, I don't want Volt - it is simply not good enough for me to desire one.

Perhaps I'm driving too much, and other people - who commute to work for 10 miles or less - will be more interested? But those people are also spending very little on gas; they will be better off just buying a used car for a few $K and driving it until the wheels fall off. Volt's intended benefit is in electric powertrain; but it cannot be used for more than 40 miles. Short commute doesn't realize this benefit because the car is too expensive. Long commute doesn't realize this benefit because the electric range is not sufficient. In other words, Volt, as designed, will never be more economical than a 10 year old Japanese car (let alone a modern Prius - which can be had for half the price of a Volt.)

20 posted on 03/03/2012 11:38:53 AM PST by Greysard
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To: MissMagnolia

The VOLT is the perfect example of Obama’s Presidency.

Over-hyped, over-promised, under-delivered.


21 posted on 03/03/2012 11:45:23 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Volt sales are up so Chevrolet is decreasing production.

In related news, the chocolate ration has been increased to 25 grams per week.


22 posted on 03/03/2012 11:54:22 AM PST by magellan
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To: tcrlaf
The Chevy Volt is the perfect example of a government solution creating a problem. And Obozo doubles and triples down on FAIL. [Hint: The Law of Unintended Consequences.]
23 posted on 03/03/2012 11:57:39 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: tcrlaf

The VOLT & the DOLT - hopefully they both end up in the waste bin of history.


24 posted on 03/03/2012 11:58:54 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Greysard

Did you see Eric Boling on Fox & Friends one morning when he showed a clip from a camera that had been placed in the Volt he was test driving? He lives 20 miles from Manhattan—probably Montclair NJ. He charged the battery for 12 hours, got into the Volt and drove into the city. The camera was aimed at the dash. At 18!!! miles the battery switched over to gas! He got the same result the 2nd day.

I drive a ‘97 Toyota Camry V-6. Many times I drove from Philadelphia to Cleveland, stopping for my first fill-up at the first gas station off the Ohio T/P airport exit. The tolls cost more than the gas! This was winter and summer, with A/C on when necessary! It’s still a “new car” to me—has 88,000 miles on it. Driven by a little old lady and in great shape. As gas climbed, I drove my husband’s 4 cylinder Camry.

I’ll bet must of those Volts were purchased by the Guvmint—price is no object when it comes to spending our money!
(My husband’s an engineer too.)


25 posted on 03/03/2012 11:59:55 AM PST by GoldwaterChick
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To: GoldwaterChick

2004 4-cyl Camry w/~168000 miles...lifetime fuel economy: 32.5 mpg.

I am satisfied with that.


26 posted on 03/03/2012 12:08:31 PM PST by jennings2004 (57 states? Kansas or Texas? American geography is so complicated....:)))
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To: Lazlo in PA

Obama is going to tell us they are selling so well that the workers have been working 25-hour days. GM is giving them a couple months off since they are so exhausted.


27 posted on 03/03/2012 12:27:37 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: nj patriot
The word on the street is that the Motor Trend Car of the Year award is a bought and sold item. Just go through the list of cars MT has bestowed this "honor" on over the years. Chevy Citation, AMC Alliance, Plymouth Volare, Chevy Vega, Chrysler Cirrus. All uninspiring losers.


28 posted on 03/03/2012 12:36:00 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
volt
29 posted on 03/03/2012 1:58:03 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: EGPWS
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Q: What's the difference between the Volt and the Edsel?

A: We (the taxpayers) 'own' the Volt...

30 posted on 03/03/2012 2:13:06 PM PST by Kenton
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To: GoldwaterChick

That’s a good point. My only disagreement would be that although some can afford the car the question becomes, “Do I want to spend $40,000 on THAT car?” I am fortunate and can afford a car in that price range, but I wouldn’t spend that kind of money on any GM product. I usually rent cars when I travel and have tried some of the offerings of late from GM’s so-called “luxury division” and found them all to be wanting.


31 posted on 03/03/2012 2:16:56 PM PST by rex regnum insanit (falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus)
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To: Lazlo in PA

That is an excellent point. The Ford looks like a far nicer and attractive vehicle. I would bet it will blow the doors off the Dolt that is saddled with ugly styling and a bad reputation.

The blog "Autoextremist" has said it is a Game Changer and something to the effect even the Camry looks 10 years old.

I am waiting for the 1st drives in the car mags. I know someone who has driven it, but they won't say a word. If it is as good as I think it is, it is indeed a game changer and the Volt is Toast....

32 posted on 03/03/2012 2:57:21 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Lazlo in PA

I just saw a ad about a hour ago for the Volt. It shows what I presume is the first car driving off the line. Funny to think that that car may very well be still unsold (or burnt to a crisp) and all the Union workers clapping and cheering as it drove away are now laid off.


33 posted on 03/03/2012 3:36:57 PM PST by matt04
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To: Lazlo in PA
Who they heck, if they've been burned by GM in the past would even consider buying another GM in this lifetime?

FUGM... Just die already you nazi sycophants.

34 posted on 03/03/2012 4:54:33 PM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

LMAO


35 posted on 03/03/2012 4:58:27 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (KEEP YOUR LEGISLATORS ON SPEED DIAL AND TELL THEM TO GROW SOME)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Even if I have to ride my Kid’s bicycle to work in the rain from now until November, so be it. I’m not buying what this thug gov’t is selling...


36 posted on 03/03/2012 5:14:13 PM PST by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: Greysard

I wish to thank you for your post #20, which is a nicely-written commentary.


37 posted on 03/03/2012 7:38:17 PM PST by OldPossum (ou)
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To: rex regnum insanit
“Do I want to spend $40,000 on THAT car?”
I would rather spend 40k on THIS car:

38 posted on 03/03/2012 11:05:53 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: jennings2004

The only reason we got rid of my earlier Camry, which had 120,000 miles on it, was because my husband said “I’m tired of looking at that car in the driveway!! Of course he never said that about his MG or either of his Alfa Romeos!:)


39 posted on 03/04/2012 10:15:00 AM PST by GoldwaterChick
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To: GoldwaterChick
I have 1 friend and 1 online aquaintance who have cars that get better mileage than the volt. The first one is a 12 year old Jetta TDI. It gets approx 40 MPG, and it's been paid for for 7 years. The other guy has a 1958 AMC Rambler that gets 32 to 35 MPG with a flathead six and 3 speed manual.The volt is a non- solution to a problem that has repeatedly already been solved.

CC

40 posted on 03/05/2012 4:43:53 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Celtic Conservative; Red Badger

A VW with a small turbo diesel cruising at 70 on the interstate gets far in excess of 40 mpg. The Germans are going to bring in their small diesels and raise hell in the market.

The small turbo diesel will prevail adequately to disrupt the market. BMW,Mercedes, and VW building in the south will capture enough of the market to destroy Detroit.

American diesels are made by truck and machine companies engine who are so far behind on technology they will never catch up.


41 posted on 03/05/2012 4:53:11 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Leep
Ford,too is probably happy that the Edsel and the Pinto are no longer the biggest zonker of all time.

Ford is having a Jimmuh Carter moment.

42 posted on 03/08/2012 4:32:15 PM PST by glock rocks (optimist , pessimist? I'm an awesomist - There's a dragon in that glass!)
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To: Lazlo in PA; a fool in paradise

Not to worry, they’ll start up again in five years to produce one sample that the then ex-POTUS Obama had promised to purchase.


43 posted on 03/08/2012 4:34:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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