They're not all for the Chevrolet Volt, but 200 new jobs are coming to General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant in July.

GM is adding the positions to the factory because the overall production rate will increase once the facility starts making the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, sources "familiar with the situation" told the Detroit Free Press. Those same sources told the paper that there is now a shortage of Volts in California, following a four-week shutdown (originally scheduled for five weeks). Another shut-down – this one for three weeks – is still on the calendar for June before the new Malibu comes on board, the sources said.

GM is having decent months of Volt sales, selling 1,462 in April after moving a record 2,289 in March. GM introduced the Eco version of the Malibu (made in Kansas City) first, and the Hamtramck plant will only be building the standard versions for that launch later in the summer.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Hours Ago
      they should shut that plant down just because of the name : )
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Hours Ago
      May should be a record setting month (or close to it).
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Caddy coupe is on line for Voltec 1.5. Should see it in 2 years. A Voltec-based GMC Granite-like CUV would be a natural fit as well. And of course, a Buick Electra "sister" coupe to the Caddy, for proper volume.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Hours Ago
      $6k is $2k a year, or $165 a month. $7.50 a day to use the HOV lane, or $3.75 each way. Instead of buying a Starbucks Latte, you get to use the HOV lane. Totally worth it.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Hours Ago
      GM sells a huge number of hybrids - what do you think eAssist is? GM is almost certainly the #2 seller of hybrids in the US, second only to the Prius.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      After thinking about it, maybe GM doesn't want to have too many hybrids out there too soon because the technology is so new and untested out in the wild. If they were building several hybrid models as fast as they could and really pushing them, then if there were recalls or problems down the road they'd be in big trouble. That's the only thing I can really think of that explains their actions.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Infuriating. WTF are they doing? At least Ford and other companies are working on hybrids... hopefully one of them can make one as good as the Volt in GM screws it up like they will surely do.
        Spec
        • 2 Hours Ago
        Seriously, GM needs some hybrids. The Volt is the best selling hybrid they have . . . that tells you something. They should have been working on designing hybrids at least 5 years ago. I know they wanted to leapfrog the Prius with the Volt and they did. But they need to compete directly against the Prius too! So they either need a normal hybrid or they need to slash the price of the Voltec drivetrain with some miracle.
        • 2 Hours Ago
        I can't edit the post. The last part should read: ...hopefully one of these manufacturers can make a hybrid as good as the Volt in case GM screws things up like they are sure to do.
      Rick
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Nice to see GM taking on new staff, rather than laying them off. Why can't we have all of Europes Chevy's shipped in from the USA rather than South Korea's ex Daewoo plant, that would create 1,000s of new American jobs, nothing would please me more than being able to buy a Chevy "Made in the Detroit" l would be proud so to own Chevy the was made in the USA, gotta say l won't ever buy any of the all Korean made Chevy's line-up sold in the UK, not in a million years.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Rick
        I've solved your problem ! Buy a GM Volt or Vauxhall Ampere and you will be supporting the best US made technology. Your government will even give you 5000 pounds toward the purchase. When you drive in London you can avoid congestion charges. There, problem solved !
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Hours Ago
      "a shortage of Volts in California" With HOV approval going into the summer months, who didn't see that coming? Oh, wait...
        Spec
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        Oh no, rolling black-outs again? Wait . . . wrong Volts. I bet a large chunk of the Plug-In Priuses are sold here . . . they are basically a normal Prius with a $6000 HOV lane sticker option. ;-)
        Rick
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        GE have brought them all up.
      skierpage
      • 2 Hours Ago
      As part of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles program, *12 years ago* GM developed the 80 mpg diesel-hybrid dual-motor Precept. Ford and Chrysler also developed 70+ mpg diesel-hybrid prototypes. The program was shelved in favor of the far more distant and pointless FreedomCAR hydrogen fantasy program. GM makes some good cars, but they've repeatedly shot themselves in the foot, more like hacked off an arm or two after working out in the gym for years.
      Ziv
      • 2 Hours Ago
      May should have been a record crushing month for Volt sales. But GM in their wisdom shut down the production of the Volt long enough that there were almost no Volts in California for the first 10 to 12 days of the month, not to mention the amount of Canadians that have been begging for Volts for the past year. Great job, GM! Build a great car, then refuse to build enough to satisfy demand. But it looks like supply is finally catching up to demand the past couple weeks. Great news, right? But GM is going to shut down production for 3 weeks later this summer... GM has a great car that is a political pinata. So do they work to get PR coups and free good press by setting sales record after record? Nope. They want to match supply to demand, i.e. create a shortage, thereby decreasing the time it takes to sell each Volt and reducing their unsold inventory. But that also sends many potential purchasers to other car makers. GM: Proud to be penny wise and pound foolish.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Ziv
        Well put. Not to mention the strong demand for Opel Ampera - 10k cars right there. It's the most schizo think I can imagine.
        Turbo Froggy
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Ziv
        I know, WTH is GM thinking with the shutdown? I am thinking it was due to a parts shortage, like battery cells but they didn't want to admit that publically. With 390K+ Silverado's on dealer lots and less than 3900 Volts, why isn't GM suspending Silverado production and tripling Volt production? With 41,653 Malibu's on dealer lots right now, don't put these 200 workers on the Malibu line, put them on the Volt line and add another shift.
        Spec
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Ziv
        Well . . . sometimes I wonder if they want to slow walk the Volt. They are probably not making any money on them. So just sell enough to keep up the hype, learn from the deployments, and hopefully cost-reduce the Voltec drivetrain for the next generation. And they need to put the Voltec drivetrain in more body styles. We need a Caddy, a mini-van, an SUV, and a pick-up. OK, how about at least one of those?!?!?
      lne937s
      • 2 Hours Ago
      The Malibu, with an interior smaller than a Dodge Dart, is overweight, inefficient, and overpriced. It has been consistently placing in last place in comparison tests. They benchmarked versus their previous vehicle, but the midsized segment has gotten much more competitive, with the new Fusion, Sonata, Camry, Accord, Altima, etc. either recently introduced or soon to be launched. I think it is reasonable to expect that it will not live up to GM's sales expectations and the additional employees will actually increase Volt production capacity. http://www.insideline.com/hyundai/sonata/2012/2012-13-midsize-sedan-comparison-test.html http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco-vs-2012-honda-accord-ex-l-2012-hyundai-sonata-se-2012-kia-optima-ex-2012-toyota-camry-se-2012-volkswagen-passat-25-se-comparison-tests
        Spec
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @lne937s
        Hasn't the Cruze pretty much cannibalized Malibu sales?
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