Even with the new HOV-eligible 2012 Chevrolet Volt models heading to California and sales up in February, General Motors has reportedly decided to shut down production of the plug-in hybrid for five weeks because of overall sluggish sales. With a 150-day supply of Volts sitting on dealer lots around the country, this shutdown will temporarily lay off 1,300 employees.

What's perhaps even more interesting is that this production hiatus comes after a lengthy "holiday" retooling break that only ended in early February. The upcoming shutdown is scheduled to last from March 19 to April 23. As a GM spokesman told MLive, "We're matching our production levels with demand and building to market."


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      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't there an article just a few months ago telling us they have sold every one of these things? What happened to that?
        Fat Kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clquake
        most of them were ordered by Obama for the government using taxpayer money
        Fat Kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clquake
        most of them were ordered by Obama for the government using taxpayer moonie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fat Kid
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          Fat Kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fat Kid
          oops double post
      ToucanSam
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is happening to the consumer here? Last time gasoline prices were this high people were offering double blue-book for a Geo Metro and Prius inventory was sucked dry. Now there's a 150-day supply of Volts. Maybe once you're talking to a consumer that is spending $39k on a commuter -- $31,645 if you qualify for the whole $7500 rebate -- that person has the money to not care about how much a gallon of gasoline costs.
        Fat Kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ToucanSam
        In another news, Ridgeline sales up over 40%. bad fuel economy = good sales numbers
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Start selling them cheaper...
      StevenG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still love my Volt. 1,900 miles since Jan 1 and 6.4 gallons of gas. The Volt is cheaper to own over 6 years (average US ownership) than the average car (average new car sells for $29k). I'm not saying people should run out and buy one, a new car is never a wise financial decision, but when you take everything into account its not an expensive car by any stretch. And if you want to complain about the tax rebate ($1.5 Billion maximum), I'll listen to your complaints after I see you marching in front of the Capitol to eliminate the child tax deduction ($20+ Billion every year) and the mortgage interest tax deduction ($90+ Billion every year). The plug-in credit is a pittance compared to other giveaways and wasteful programs, its not even worth talking about.
        jnbcressy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StevenG
        So you average over 30 miles a day. That's a little over what I travel in a week. So tell me why I need a Volt? Also why do you guys always say how much gas you used and leave out your electricity costs. I guess it's time for the government to install mileage meters on electric cars so they can contribute to the road use taxes. What are fuel powered vehicles paying, about $.37 a gallon? In New Hampshire we have to file taxes with the state for using diesel cars.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jnbcressy
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      Fat Kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      2013 Accord with comes only with GDIs and CVT / 6 speed auto hits at least 38 highway 4 more than the current version. what's the point of Volt when it burns gas AND electricity bills?
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess people don't buy cars that catch on fire when you hit them.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Really, because that's basically every car on the road....
      • 2 Years Ago
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        vripper
        • 2 Years Ago
        Thanks Captain Obvious. Automakers will poop out your car next month.
        :)
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey butt pirate....go read a book please. Do something besides bitching.
      jnbcressy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finaly Government Motors does something right. They should have a fire sale immediately like Delorean. Maybe I shouldn't say fire sale. Sorry! Last car I bought December 2003. Next car? February 2013 or 2017.
        StevenG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jnbcressy
        I'm sorry you're a broke bastard
        jnbcressy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jnbcressy
        I can use all I save for fuel. I've had three cars since 1999 and still have two. 16 since 1966. First was a ten year old Chevy Bel Air and last a 2004 RAM. There were three Mitsubishis, one Nissan, four Plymouths, three Dodges, and the rest Chevrolets. The reason I'm not broke is I finally realized that automobiles depreciate and I should't keep buying one every two years. Now when I find one I want I go out and pay cash.
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jnbcressy
        Ah - just curious - so if a Democrat gets elected in 2012, or 2016 you won't buy a car?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gm is a lot like the gov now. It blames bad press on the fire for low sales. Not that it is a car that only a few want and they also want your tax dollars to buy it...Everytime I see a volt ( not often) I think gee there goes somebody that lets their fellow Americans help buy them a car...
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rex
        Ah, since the one-time $7500 tax credit that the Volt gets is way overshadowed by the ongoing yearly tax credit people get when buying a home, do you then say "there lives somebody that lets their fellow Americans help buy them a house" when you drive on the street? Especially since many of those are now underwater on their too-expensive homes we helped them buy?
      Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully sales will pick up. I love the Volt.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Harry
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      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...so much for EPA's assumptions about majority of people wanting to drive fuel-efficient cars just because they are fuel-efficient, regardless of anything else... P.S: I am not against such EV/PHEV cars in general, it's just they should be made available in a "right" way, and simply "pumping out" the extremely "boring" and "slow" cars with an extremely low-quality materials (such as cheap, glossy plastic all over Volt's interior) and FORCING people to buy this crap through hugely wasteful government "tax rebate" incentives and absolutely ridiculous "gas guzzler" taxes for gasoline-only cars is a very "WRONG" way to do it.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Who's forcing who? I haven't gone down to buy one. We all "vote" with our dollars when purchasing anything.
        StevenG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex
        The Volt isn't being FORCED on anyone through tax credit. Are children being FORCED on people through tax credits? Is home ownership being FORCED on anyone because of a tax credit? That's an ignorant statement. The Volt produces 273 ft-lbs of torque at 0 RPM, it doesn't feel slow, and it kicks the **** out of Leaf's and Prii. What sports car are you driving? I traded in a modified IS350 for a Volt.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          Julius, if you would have read my prior posts, I mentioned nothing of the Leaf, Prius, or the mortgage credit. My view on all of those are the same. To me, subsidizing hybrids and electrics is no more sensible than helping people get into homes they can't afford. No one needs to own a house, or drive a hybrid, or electric car, therefore, I don't think we should have to subsidize them. Period!!
          Julius
          • 2 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          @ Chris: Does it make sense that many people who took advantage of the mortgage credit did it for summer homes? Or the fact that the Leaf (and the original Prius for that matter) got the same credits? If you're going to rail against the government, at least make it consistent.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @StevenG
          It is in the sense that our tax dollars are being used to subsidize the Volt, and what for? Sales are lagging for one, and anyone looking to buy a brand new $40,000 car probably isn't too strapped for cash, so what do we really have to gain by helping them purchase a new car?
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