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GM Halts Chevy Volt Production Because Sales Suck

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General Motors has told 1,300 employees at the automaker's Detroit Hamtramck plant they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.


"Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand," said GM spokesman Chris Lee to the Detroit Free Press. Another way of phrasing that? Because sales still suck.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.


Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

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Having driven this piece of shit. And seeing first hand... This car is EVERYTHING wrong with GM. Piss-poor fuel economy. Definitely misleading people on what it actually is... It's a Hybrid. Not an EV. Not an EV with range extender. At 35-40mph the fucking gasoline engine takes over. HYBRID.

And I'm glad it's not selling because there is NO excuse for this car's overall build quality. It's the Cavalier ALL over again. The one I drove literally had gaps in the interior panels my fingers could fit into! poor body panel gaps. It is terrible. Body has ALOT of squeaks and rattles for being "new". It's a shame because the Cruze, new Malibu, Sonic, etc are all pretty solidly built overall (sonic is a little chintzy). And then the Volt which is supposed to be GM's "triumph" card is more 1st Gen Prius than car of tomorrow.