GM Restarts Volt Production
David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau
July 18, 2011
General Motors Co. said today it had restarted production of its extended range electric Chevrolet Volt earlier this week.
After about a month of halted production, GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant has begun production of its 2012 Volt, said Rob Peterson, a GM spokesman.
The plant is now producing 2012 Volt models at about three times the rate of earlier production, he said.
There are fewer than 100 2011 Volts on dealer lots, and only 1 in 9 Chevrolet dealers that sells the Volt has one for sale, he said.
In an interview in June with The Detroit News, GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said the company would meet its production goals of 10,000 U.S. sales this year and 5,000 foreign sales. Nissan has said it plans to sell just over 10,000 Leafs this year
Last month, GM said it is dropping the base price of the Volt by $1,000 and offering new option packages, colors and sporty wheels as it rolls out the vehicle in all 50 states.
GM said the 2012 base model Volt will cost $39,995, which includes an $850 destination freight charge but excludes tax, title and license fees. The 2011 Volt started at $41,000.
The 2012 base model Volt won't have Bose speakers or a navigation system.
GM also offered a $349 lease price for the 2011 Volt, but hasn't yet decided on a lease price for the 2012 model, Peterson said.
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