After Nearly a Month Off, GM Resumes Volt Production

By Sam Grossman | July 20, 2011
After a month-long work stoppage, The Detroit News is reporting that GM has resumed production of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, and in a big way. With upgrades complete to the Detroit-Hamtramck Plant, GM spokesman Rob Peterson says it can produce the extended-range electric vehicle at three times the rate of production prior to the stoppage. The Volt's main competitor, the Nissan leaf, leapfrogged the Chevy Volt in total sales last month, moving 3,875 Leafs compared to just 2,745 Volts. This may very well be the result of the shutdown of production, as Volts are scarce at dealerships around the country. According to Peterson, only 1 in 9 Chevrolet dealers that sell the Volt have one for sale, further indicating the problem is supply, and not demand. With the increased rate of production, sales are likely to increase. Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO, says the company will meet its production goals of 10,000 U.S. sales this year, along with 5,000 foreign sales. Nissan has similar goals, as it plans to sell just over 10,000 Leafs this year as well.
The base price of the 2012 Volt has been reduced by $1,000, placing it at a cool $39,995, including an $850 destination freight charge. For the first time, the 2012 Volt will be available in all 50 states, compared to just seven states and the District of Columbia in 2011. Nissan's Leaf may have surpassed the Volt in total sales last month, but don't be surprised if the Volt jumps back on top in the near future.     Source: The Detroit News