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GM Delaying Volt’s 2nd Shift – But Maker Claims Sales Still on Target

“We’re on target,” but the definition may be shifting.

by on Oct.07, 2011

Chevy will have to triple sales in the final quarter to meet sales targets for the Volt.

General Motors will delay until sometime during the second half of 2012 its plan to add a second shift at the Detroit plant producing its much-ballyhooed Chevrolet Volt.

The maker insists that even on a single shift it can meet the sales goals it has set for the plug-in hybrid for 2011 and the even more ambitious numbers it has targeted for next year.  But with retail sales still running slow, it appears GM may be leaving a bit of wiggle room in those figures as it races to triple sales of the Volt during the final three months of the year.

The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, known locally as Poletown, went down for an extensive changeover during the summer.  The factory, which produces vehicles for several GM brands, as well as the Volt, was to add a second shift this autumn and continue ramping up production of all those various models.

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But most of the attention has focused on the Volt.  The maker has said the Poletown plant would turn out 16,000 battery cars this year, including some sold abroad as the Opel Ampera.  The total also was to include at least one demonstrator vehicle for each of the 2,600 Chevy dealers in the U.S.  But the goal was to complete retail sales of 10,000 Volts in the States by year-end.


General Motors Confirms 2,500 New Jobs Coming at Chevrolet Volt Plant

Detroit assembly line will quadruple plug-in production, add Chevy Malibu and Impala models.

by on May.25, 2011

GM's North American President Mark Reuss at the Poletown plant announcing 2,500 new jobs.

Following up on an earlier announcement that it would invest $2 billion in 17 U.S. plants, General Motors today provided additional details confirming it will add 2,500 jobs at the Detroit plant producing the well-publicized Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.

Known as the “Poletown” plant, the factory will add a second shift later this year and is expected to introduce a third shift later on as it takes on several additional product lines.  Among other things, the factory is beginning to roll out a European version of the Volt, called Opel Ampera, which GM believes will increase demand enough to support the production of 60,000 plug-ins next year – about four times more than it expects to produce in 2011.


In all, GM expects to invest $69 million in the facility, formally called the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.  The 26-year-old facility will shift from its traditional focus on luxury cars, such as the Cadillac DTS sedan, and is now expected to become one of the higher-volume assembly lines in the maker’s global production network.

“We’re doing (this) because we’re confident of consumer demand,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM’s North American operations, during a ceremony at the facility.