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General Motors made its case to a Detroit City Council committee on Wednesday in a bid to get some property tax brakes for its Hamtramck assembly plant. The Poletown plant is where General Motor is planning to build the Chevrolet Volt beginning in late 2010 and GM told the council that the new production vehicles there would add 550 jobs to the facility. In return for creating those jobs in the city, GM is seeking $136 million in property tax relief on the improvements over the next 25 years. The plant already employs 1,944 people who build the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS. GM is planning on spending $336 million on the plant over the next two years in order to swtich over to the new, smaller ER-EV Volt. The full council is expected to vote to approve the abatements by sometime next week.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully my local Chevrolet dealership will let me put down a deposit soon. They gave me a 6-12 month wait timeframe before they get the specs...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So...my mother calls me from Northeast Florida to ask me what a "Volt" is. I ask why and she says that she was at an intersection behind a car that simply had "Volt" stamped into the plastic rear end. She circled the car to see if there were any insignias...of which there were none. I forwarded her the video link to the Volt from Autoblog and she says that's the car she saw.

      So...any other Floridians having Volt sightings?

      BTW...my mother ride is a 05 Civic Si 3 door 5 speed...a very sweet car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to go, GM! You get my money even when I don't buy one of your products. (man, I wish I could afford to buy congress too.)

      The sheeple say "BAAAAA, BAAAAAA. The NEW congress promised change..."

      Fool me once, fool me twice, fool me three times, fool me over again as long as you give me someone else's money!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We’ve driven the pre-production Chevrolet Volt, and although our experience wasn’t sufficient for a full-size road test, the Chevrolet Volt came out as a much better vehicle than what we were expecting, and an irrefutable engineering coup for GM. The one thing that I really liked about the Volt is that the car had enough room for four people. The acceleration was more than enough. The biggest surprise to us was Volts’ handling. It after all is rather heavy car, because it carries all its pieces and bits of both a gasoline-powered vehicle and an electric.
      http://www.chevyreview.net/chevrolet-volt-expensive-but-practical.html