General Motors to temporarily suspend Chevy Volt production - New York News

General Motors to temporarily suspend Chevy Volt production

Posted: Updated:

By ROOP RAJ
MyFox Detroit Reporter

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (MyFox Detroit)
-- The plant that makes the Chevy Volt is closing temporarily this fall.  The headline had people wondering if that meant the spark of the Volt is fizzling.  That's far from the story.  Sales numbers are on fire.

"They're actually looking at growing this.  It's had it's best month ever in August, a lot of sources tell me, so we'll see exactly how they do and where they're going with it," said auto industry analyst Aaron Bragman with IHS.

He said the shutdown isn't about Volt sales.  To the contrary.  GM has the luxury to slow production down to make room for more product, retooling the factory for another car.

It's not just Volt production with the hiatus.  The electric car is joined by another Chevy, which is also being idled at this plant.

"It's not just Volt.  It's Volt and Malibu.  They make Malibu in two plants, so they can afford to stop there for awhile.  It's only for a couple of weeks.  They're going to use it to retool the plant to make the new Chevrolet Impala that's going to be made there instead of in Oshawa, Canada."

At Lou LaRiche Chevrolet in Plymouth it's good news with these Volts.  In fact, there are eight of the 2013 models sitting on their lot and another eight in the pipeline, and the people who have actually driven off and bought them, they say they are giving them pretty high marks.

"They're very thrilled that they don't have to stop at the gas station to put fuel in it, so pretty happy," said John Folino with the dealership.

Sales of the Volt fell short of GM's goals last year, and if this idling of the plant is bringing back de ja vu, the same plant was idled for a month as inventory stacked up in the spring.  This, Bragman said, is different.

"They can afford to do this because they have another plant in Fairfax, Kansas that's making the Chevy Malibu, which is also made in Hamtramck, and they have sufficient inventory of the Chevy Volt, about 84 days on hand as of the end of July, that they can afford to take a couple of weeks off."

California is one of the hottest markets for the Volt.  Electric sales not just because green is on drivers' minds, but time is, too.

"You can now get an HOV sticker for your Volt and drive in the HOV lanes even if there's only one of you in the car.  That's really proving to be a boom for Volt sales.  One of every three Volts is actually sold in California."

So when will this all happen?  The Volt line and the Malibu line will both close come mid-September.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:57 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
  • Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Road-trip vacations that don't break the bank

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:29 GMT
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
    Last-minute vacations don't need to be a headache or ridiculously expensive, especially if you make it a road trip. Even if you don't have a car, renting one can be an affordable option.Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor to TheStreet.com, has some suggestions.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Migrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington Hills

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:10:56 GMT
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
    Illegal immigrant teens from Central America to be housed in Farmington HillsTwenty-four illegal immigrant teens from Central America will soon be housed at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Farmington Hills, which has secured a federal contract. The immigration issue is a major one, and what seemed far, far away is now coming closer and closer to home."We've been watching this for six, eight weeks now, now it's Michigan," said William Largent, president and CEO of Meskwaki. the business arm of...
  • VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    VIDEO: Witness says man roughed up by Clinton Township police, hospital security

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:38 GMT
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
    In a video spreading across social media, a Michigan man says police and hospital security roughed up a man.
  • Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Large two truck crash closes I-75, second accident nearby

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:57:29 GMT
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
    A crash involving two semi trucks shut down I-75 tonight, according to Michigan State Police.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices