With US gas prices over $4. gallon in many cities? A 93 miles per gallon* car should be selling like Adele’s CD’s. Thursday, General Motors told employees in Detroit and Europe the Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.
The shut down will effect 1,300 employees in Detroit.
The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.
A few days ago the Vauxhall Ampera won the coveted 2012 “Car of The Year” at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2012 Opel Ampera is Denmark’s “Car of The year” Last year the Chevy Volt was “Motor Trends Magarzine” Car of theYear” Automovile Magazine’s “Automobile of the year” and the North American car of the year” The Volt ranked first in Consumer Reports‘ list of owner-satisfaction based on its 2011 Annual Auto Survey, with 93% respondents who owned the Volt saying they definitely would purchase that same vehicle again. In Australia,the car is sold as the Holden Volt.
Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.
In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.
GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.
Last fall, the GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spent several weeks trying to explain why two Volts whose batteries were punctured caught on fire after sitting around for at least a week.
NHTSA determined that the range-extended electric Volt is as safe as any gasoline-powered vehicle on the road.
GM said on Jan. 5 that it would improve the structure and battery-coolant system of the Volt sedan to protect it better against fires after crashes.