GM will be halting production of the Chevy Volt because of slow sales — but only for five months. They are trying to force something to be successful by keeping the line open instead of trashing the program completely. 1300 workers will be laid off.
The automaker has told 1,300 employees at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant of the planned March 19 through April 23 shutdown, according to published reports.
The shutdown comes despite the recent news that GM has begun shipping low-emission Chevrolet Volts to California, where drivers will be able to drive them in the state’s car-pool lanes.
Volt sales fell to 603 in January, down from 1,529 in December, the highest monthly total ever. In February, sales recovered to 1,023. In 2011, GM sold 7,671 in 2011.