GM Announces August As the Best-Selling Month for Volt image

GM expects August to be the best-ever sales month for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, with sales of over 2, 500 units.

“We are seeing sales momentum continuing to build for the Volt, especially in key markets — California, Michigan, Illinois and Florida. As with a lot of first-generation technologies, it takes time to build customer awareness,” said GM spokeswoman Michelle Malcho.

Until now, Volt’s best-selling month was March with 2,289 units sold. 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. Recently GM announced its plan to stop production for four weeks at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, where the Volt is manufactured. The facility will be closed for retooling and production will begin in mid-October.

The automaker has boosted production of the model, anticipating the shutdown, so that GM has enough Volts to meet the demand. GM currently prepares the plant for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which is the automaker’s flagship full-size sedan. Earlier this year GM was forced to close the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly two times because of low demand for the Volt. GM plans to add a second shift for the production of the Impala, which will go on sales in 2013 as a 2014 model.