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The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolled off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant last week and now you can get a look behind the scenes at the production process. The National Geographic channel's Ultimate Factories series has a new episode on the build process for the pre-production Volt.
Last summer, when General Motors was building the 80 or so IVER prototypes that have since been used for final development and validation, a camera crew was on hand. The crew went into the pre-production operations (PPO) facility in Warren, MI to follow the build process. The PPO shop doesn't use production tooling but it builds cars in the same sequence intended for the final assembly process. This helps the engineers make sure all the parts go together before production equipment is finalized. For those that missed it when it aired, the episode is now available on the iTunes video store for $1.99.