Chevrolet’s Volt 2013 version will be manufactures at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant and sold in Australia under the Holden brand.
The Australian market will see the 2013 Holden Volt beginning November 1st and it will be sold by 49 dealers in the country. The model will be manufactured at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant and production will begin in the fourth quarter. The Detroit-Hamtramck facility has around 1, 500 workers who build the Opel Ampera, similar to Volt but sold in Europe, the Chevrolet Malibu and the Chevrolet Volt.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will idle production for four weeks from mid-September to mid-October to prepared for the launch of the all-new 2014 Impala, which will be manufactured at the plant together with the other models. The plant spokesman Dave Darovitz said that the new model won’t require an increase in employment as production of the Holden Volt is expected to be smaller than the one of the Chevrolet Volt.
“We can meet capacity with the current work force,” he said in an email.
The Volt which sold 13,300 units through August, is expected to beat Toyota Prius’ sales in its second year, 15,600 units in 2001. GM expects August to be the best-ever sales month for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, with sales of over 2,500 units.