2013 Chevy Volt Production To Halt For 4 Weeks From Mid-September

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First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

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Yesterday, Automotive News (subscription required) reported the news that the Detroit Hamtramck facility, where the 2013 Chevrolet Volt is made, is to pause production of the plug-in hybrid for four weeks.

The second time General Motors has temporarily halted production of the plug-in car, the four-week halt, like last time, has been partly caused by an oversupply of Volts. 

In other words, GM is making Volts, along with its European sibling the Opel Ampera, faster than it is selling them. 

According to GM however, oversupply isn’t the only reason the plant is closing down for four weeks from September 17.

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

First 2011 Chevrolet Volt built on production tooling at Detroit Hamtramck plant, March 31, 2010

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A GM spokesperson told us yesterday that the downtime was also planned to allow the plant to ready itself for production of the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which it will start making in the first quarter of 2013.

Then, GM says, it will add a second shift to cope with production of the Volt, Impala, and limited numbers Malibus. 

The last time GM throttled back on Volt production, it had more than 154 days’ worth of Volts in inventory.  On August 1, that figure had lowered to 84 days’ supply, 24 days higher than the ideal auto industry target of 60 days.

It’s worth noting however, that last time GM temporarily halted production of the Volt, it resumed production a week earlier than it originally planned.

But with every temporary halt in production, there is at least a silver lining. 

With a surplus of stock, at least you won’t have to wait to buy a 2013 Volt.  


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Comments (8)
  1. Well done GM. Keep the inventory tight. Not helpful to have too much supply that has to be discounted to move (as much as I might enjoy a discount )

  2. That's funny, with all this surplus stock of 2013 Volts, I have yet to see one nearby. A cursory search shows about 5 total in all the dealers around the city, and none of them very near where I live. The three nearest Chevy dealerships have none.

    Chevy is showing zero confidence in this car. You can't sell a car that you don't have on your lot. In my (naive) opinion, Chevy should be making sure they have cars in as many lots as they can before the 2013 Fusion hits. I'll be in the market soon, and I don't think I'm going to be eager to drive to the other side of the city to test-drive a 2013 Volt when I'm passing 2013 Fusions at every Ford dealership on the way.

  3. Well, I agree somewhat. How do expect Chevy to sell the Volt when just about EVERY Chevy Dealer I walked into are FULL OF SALESPERSONS WHO ARE CLUELESS about the Volt?

    Every time I go to my local Chevy Dealer, I end up spending at least 20-30 minutest educating the sales person on how to sell the Volt, what its competitors are and what the competitive advantages are...

  4. I fully expect Chevy to resume production early this time too. As last time, they'll say that demand is such that resuming production earlier than expected is required, and receive the same good press despite the dubious notion that sales have changed so much since ceasing production that their 3-week old estimates are invalid.

    I think it's smart and hope it works, but also think it's funny how this game seems to repeatedly play out.

  5. Just wait until Fox News watcher get a hold of this...

    They will turn this news into a fuel for bashing GM, Obama and Electric Cars in general....

  6. Boy do you life in a dream world. 180 day dealer supply is what they got in trouble in the first place. Read Fiat/Chrysler CEO Marcioni(SP) comments he said electric cars are money losers just a pit to throw money into to make Fidel, excuss me Obama happy. Sorry I get the Communist leaders confused. Also sorry about the CAPITALS I know how much you hate them!

  7. You must be so clueless that you can't even read anymore. So, 84 days of supply build up to meet demand forecast before the retooling is 180 days supply? You learned well from Fox News to twist the truth, don't you?

    Fiat/Chrysler? So, that is the company that you also hate, right? Another one of those "Communist" bailout companies, right? How come you don't whine about that one? Especially we spend the tax payer dollars and then turn around sold it to the Italians?

    BTW the last time I looked, George H.W. Bush bought a Volt and Obama hasn't... Also, you forgot that Volt was born long before Obama even had a chance to run for president...

  8. I guess it is a "non-story" after all. Volt sales are doing just fine. Volt is on track for 2,500 August Sales.

    The retooling is really what keeps the plant closed.


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