General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told San Francisco-area Chevrolet Volt owners that the automaker will continue to invest in and expand production of the extended-range plug-in vehicle, according to Green Car Reports.

Akerson, who met with about 30 Volt owners, said his company's decision to stop production of the Volt for five weeks was a temporary one, and that GM briefly stopped production of other models such as the Chevrolet Cruze to trim inventory, according to the website. Akerson said the shut-down was preferable to attempting to move Volt sales through heavy discounts and incentives.

Last week, GM decided to shut down Volt production for five weeks because of sluggish sales, as there's reportedly a five-month supply of the models at Chevy dealerships throughout the U.S. That shut down is slated to start March 19 and end April 23.

Last year, GM missed its goal to sell 10,000 Volts during its first full year on the market, selling only 7,671 units. But last month, GM sold 1,023 Volts, up from 603 in January. Additionally, the car, along with its sister model Opel Ampera, also recently was awarded the 2012 European Car of the Year. Last year, the Volt won North American Car of the Year as well as car-of-the-year awards from Motor Trend and Automobile.




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      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please please make it a 4-door Cadillac already.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Problem with Chevy Volt sales is that they forgot who this car was to benefit the most. GM had thousands on their list waiting to buy the Volt. Most of these were commuters who could use the gas saving feature in their daily commute. Chevy decided to abandon that list and allow their dealers to price gouge the public instead. What they got was an interest by the affulent buyers; most of whom bought the car for "Ego" reasons. The people who would have benefited the most and who would have promoted the car the most have been left out. Some dealers don't even want to sell what they have without outragous markups. After waiting for 2 years for the car, the local dealer told me he was marking up the cars at least ten grand because they were rare and he could get it. I went out and bought a new Ford - been real happy with it. GM needs to rethink - who needs this car and find a way to sell it to them.
        Roy_H
        • 2 Years Ago
        You should have looked around. I am sure you could have found another nearby dealer willing to sell at MSRP.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 2 Years Ago
        You can also report the dealer...Ford dealers went insane with markups when the new Mustang first came out and supply was short...
      Julius
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would think that the architecture would do well in other vehicles, so yes, it would have a future. I'm thinking the next logical vehicle type (after the ELR) would be in a SRX/Equinox type vehicle, where the mass of the battery can be hidden in the size of the vehicle. Obviously, the battery would have to be slightly larger to make up for the mass (to keep that ~40-mile EV range), but I still think it makes sense for alot of people.
        Kei Jidosha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julius
        Agreed. I think the MPV5 crossover shown in Beijing would sell like crazy in the US. But now Ford will get to market first with the C-Max Energi.
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see the CEO giving this time with some owners, he wouldn't be doing that unless the execs get everything that is going on with the media harassment of this car. With the CA HOV carpool lane Volts getting to California this month (and assuming GM produces enough HOV Volts prior to the temporary shutdown on the 19th and gets them to CA) I would not be surprised to see a record month in March for Volt sales - just have to wait and see.
      At_Liberty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't they keep making them for Canada, Australia and Europe, if demand in the US is soft?
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @At_Liberty
        This is GM you are talking about...
      Stevie Diffy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was passed on the hi-way by one of these Volts and the car looked good. I was surprised. If they were not so expensive I would want one. It is out of my budget.
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stevie Diffy
        Thought about leasing one? Their rates are VERY attractive.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Gm really needs to advertise those leases. Shockingly good.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          That is actually a good commercial idea. Include math, and show what the cost of ownership would be for mixed driving of 1000 miles, vs. an ICE car.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          ....especially if you're able to run it mostly on electrons....one could save up to $300 on gas every month alone, which would offset a big part of the lease payment.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW sold total 18,000 vehicles in April 2011. The mini sold 6,000. Why is BMW still selling cars?
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a shame its got off to a poor start this year, l can't see it meet ing GM's predicted sales target of 45,000 sales this year but l hope l am proved wrong. Maybe a high oil price if the Strait of Hormuz gets closed off as the Iran crisis fares up might be the Volt sales saving grace. Other than that l can't see to many folk here giving up on a cheap as peanuts 83.2 average combined MPG best selling Ford Focus Econetic diesel in the UK. Still let hope we will get to see some of everyday practical regular models like the Via Motors Chevy pick-ups, vans and SUV's that probably would do a lot better in the UK if Chevy sold them here. They are the sort of vehicles British companies and British buyers would want, and they would also come with the prestigious "Made in the USA" data plate. It would nice to end the one-way traffic of European cars to USA one way street. I would purchase a Via Motors Silverado EREV in a instant despite the sky high price if it was offered in the RHD form for the UK l would never buy expensive gasoline again could run it on electric all year round without touching gasoline, as l average about 25 miles a day 99% of the time.
        marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        @Rick, I assume you have some practical purpose for a 'Via Motors Silverado EREV' in the UK? It's not the type of vehicle usually associated with the narrow crowded road's of urbanised Britain. A Silverado has very limited agricultural use in the UK! In fact, can't think of a single use for such a large vehicle that couldn't be done performed better by almost any other smaller, more suitable vehicle. For the cost of such a huge vehicle you could easily have a smaller more suitable vehicle converted in the UK (not a lot of wide open Prairie in UK.)
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        They'll be lucky if they clear 10,000. I agree that they only way it will sell huge is if there is a big Iran crisis.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Volt is not an automobile that's been around for 5 or 10 years. Its a new technology. And new technologies take time to introduce-- especially during the middle of a global recession. Of course, Americans have very little patience and tend to want everything to occur instantly. But the best time to truly judge the success or failure of the Volt and other plug--in-hybrids will be 5 to 10 years from now! Marcel F. Williams
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, good move. Don't build more & sell at a loss. Instead, just continue to refine it, reduce costs, work on other car designs to include Voltec technology, and wait for the gas prices to go up. The Voltec technology will find its market in due time as they improve on it and gas goes up.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        While I understand that GM is copying the Japanese car maker's sales tactics instead of the old way of flooding the dealers and making them sell them at any price, it kind of sucks for consumers. And used car buyers.
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        I would think that it would do much better in Europe than in the US - especially since the Ampera has that selector switch that allows EV-only use in certain areas (think London congestion fees, etc).
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why pay $40 grand for a car that doesn't get that really doesn't get better mileage than a $22-$25 grand car??? That $15-$20 grand in savings will buy me a lot of gas!!!! at least 10 years worth!
      Ziv
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like after 14 months of slowly increasing production from 300 a month to 500 to 600 to 900 to 1000, and the wondering why the Volt wasn't selling in large numbers, GM is finally ramping up the production rate and keeping it there. I have tracked the VINs of the Volts as they are sent to the paint shack, which is anywhere from 7 to 30 days before the get shipped and GM is finally building Volts like they intend it to be a success. They are now building Volts at a rate that would see 5,000 Volts a month roll out of Hamtramck. A number suspiciously close to 60,000 a year, if they didn't take 5 week vacations 3 times a year.... Anyway, the numbers are rough, I spend 5 or 6 minutes every weekend harvesting the data, but rough as it is, it definitely shows GM has seriously ramped up Volt production. I think the only reason they would have held Volt numbers down early and built them up now is that they were losing money on the Volt at first and now they are breaking even or making a bit on each of them. These VINs appear to be for both Volts and Amperas but that is just a guess. If you hate numbers scroll quickly past the following info... ;-) 8/1 - C440 - building around 150 per week (first 100 were test cars) 8/23 - C1736 - building around 420 per week 09/1 - C3032 - building around 500 per week 10/3 - C4260 - around 273 per week for Sept 10/17 - C6992 - around 1366 for each of the first 2 weeks of Oct 10/25 - C8129 - around 995 for the third week of Oct 11/1 - C8996 - around 873 for the fourth week of Oct 11/8 - C9508 - around 512 for the first week of November 11/16 – C10253 – around 745 for 8 days (rate of 652 per week) 11/19 - C10372 – 119 in 3 days (rate of 278 per week) 11/26 - C10921 - 549 in 7 days 11/30 - C11581 - 660 in 4 days (rate of 1155 per week) or 1209 in 11 days (rate of 769 per week) 12/19 – C13071 - 1490 in 19 days (rate of 549 per week) 12/27 -- C13775 - 704 in 8 days (rate of 616 per week, 704 wkly if you take off a day for Christmas) 01/04 – C13775! – 0 in 8 days 02/05 – C13775! – 0 in 38 days 02/16 – C15414 – 1639 in 11 days! 03/03 – C17736 – 3961 in 4 weeks 03/10 – C18972 – 5197 in 5 weeks (1040 wkly) or 1236 in 1 week Production by month estimates 1/11 - 580 2/11 - 620 3/11 - 800 4/11 – 700 5/11 - 600 6/11 - 0 7/11 – 600 8/11 – 2592 9/11 – 1128? 10/11- 4836 11/11 – 2585 12/11 - 2194 1/12 – 0 2/12 - 3561
        Roy_H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        Thanks. Since there are supposed to be about 6000 pre-orders for the Ampera, then probably most of the last 2 months are destined for Europe.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Roy_H
          Canadians had to wait for more than a year for most of their pre-orders. If more than 2200 go to Europe, GM will have messed up again. Amperas don't count as domestic sales, so if 4,000 of the Volt/Ampera production is sent overseas, there won't be enough Volts left to set sales records in March and April. Then GM would have handed the haters another medium sized stick to beat GM with. Asking the Europeans to accept 1100 or so a month for the first couple of months instead of 2000+ a month will make a huge difference in the headlines for the next 3 months. GM needs to set sales records here in the US to help people understand just how great a car this is.
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