Michigan Chevrolet Dealers’ Volt Inventories May Replenish Faster Than Expected; Production Triples
DETROIT, M.I. – Michigan Chevrolet dealers may be receiving many inquiries about the Chevrolet Volt. With such a high demand for the efficient plug-in hybrid, General Motors believes the time to increase production to meet this demand is now. With the ability to reach more than 500 mpg, Michigan Chevrolet dealers are not surprised how quickly the demand has increased since its release in Nov. 2010.
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As announced last week to reporters, CEO Dan Akerson says General Motors will be increasing its production of the Chevrolet Volts to 16,000 units. This new amount of 16,000 Chevrolet Volts is a result of the 2,500 jobs that are to be added to GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant this summer.
With this increase of production, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will at least triple the number of extended-range electric vehicles that are produced each month. This means Michigan Chevrolet dealers and others across the U.S. may be able to meet demand at a more even level for the customers looking to save money or simply add a more efficient vehicle to their lifestyle.
Although the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be shut down for the entire month of June for equipment updates, it has been estimated that the plant will have built 3,300 Volts this year. With the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne sedans being taken out of production, General Motors plans to build 60,000 Volts at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant next year with 45,000 of those staying in the U.S. borders. This increase will be possible with about 1,100 workers per shift with three shifts available.
Michigan GMC dealers may have heard Akerson also stated that production of 25,000 Volts may be possible this year as the company has a goal of 100,000 per year in the future.
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[Source(s): The Detroit Free Press]