Up until now, General Motors has remained deliberately vague in public about the scheduled Job 1 date for Chevrolet Volt production. Given the complexity and new technology involved in the program, we certainly can't fault GM from wanting to get locked in until much closer to the appointed day. After all, when you don't know what the future holds or what problems will crop up, who would want to give a date and time years into the future when something might happen.
Internal schedules, on the other hand, are something else all together. Every program has to have deadlines so that people will know how much time they have and how many resources to apply to a task. Those internal Gantt charts have undoubtedly had the magic date on them for several years. Among the stakeholders that need to know when a vehicle will launch are dealers that have to schedule orders for inventory. Around about this time of year, automakers let the dealers know when the current model year vehicles will end production and new ones will start.
With less than ten months to go, GM has put November 1, 2010 as the Volt's Job 1 date on the production start list for dealers. By September, dealers will have start giving GM an indication of how many Volts they want to order so the head office can determine allocations. Interestingly, the GM chart indicates that dealers won't know their allocations until two weeks after production starts and won't be able to start placing orders until then. Typically, those last two items happen about two months before production starts. The timing for start of production is still far enough out that those dates may yet change in the coming months.
A final item of interest is that the Cruze, which was originally slated to launch in April and then pushed back to September, is listed as TBD.
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