The North American based automotive giant General Motors has recently announced that the Chevrolet Volt production will be stopped for 5 weeks because of slow sales of the model.
According to the car manufacturer, the production of the Chevrolet Volt will be stopped starting on the 19th of March, this year, and this action will directly affect 1,300 General Motors workers at the company’s Detroit Hamtramck plant, who will be temporary laid off until the production of the Chevy Volt will be resumed on the 23rd of April, 2012. General Motors said that this action had to be taken because of slow sales of the model.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand”, as the General Motors spokesman Chris Lee told the Free Press.
This isn’t the first main problem for the Chevrolet Volt, and in late 2011 the “green” car was investigated by the NHTSA because of a sudden battery fire which affected several units. Chevrolet managed to sell just 603 Volt models in January and 1,023 in February, but the GM’s target is 45,000 units in the United States in 2012, but the company is currently on pace to sell less than 15,000. Chevy Volt didn’t meet its target for last year too, and out of 10,000 units, GM sold only 7,671.