Terri Quigley, manager of General Motor
's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, told GM-Volt
that total production of the Chevrolet Volt
has reached about 140 units, including 40 non-retail salable builds. Quigley explains that the not-for-retail sale Volts are nearly identical to the plug-in vehicles that are expected to hit dealer
showrooms in late November or early December
. The non-salables head down the same assembly lines as production models and travel through the plant's paint shop, which sprays on the vehicle's hue. The only differences between non-salables and retail models, Quigley explains, are some minor programming tweaks and manufacturing modifications.
The 40 non-retail salable Volts will become part of GM's
captured test fleet and land in the hands "pre-identified internal customers" who will be responsible for "putting miles on the cars just to make sure we've got everything tidied up and ready to go for the consumers," Quigley told GM-Volt. After this real-world evaluation concludes, production will be given the nod. Now, with less than three months left until the Volt's arrival, it's time for the countdown to begin.