GM Plans to Halt Production of the Volt for Four Weeks image

GM plans to stop Chevrolet Volt production for four weeks in September and October.

The company was forced to take this decision as sales of the Chevrolet Volt didn’t meet Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson’s target for this year, 60,000 units sold globally, from which 45,000 in the US. The news about the four-week production stop, come from two people who asked to remain anonymous as the automaker doesn’t make its production plans public.

“I can’t confirm those dates,” William Grotz, a GM spokesman, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “It’s just a matter of we’re matching supply with demand and gearing up for the production of the Chevy Impala.”

Alan Baum, principal of Baum & Associates, said that production of the Volt was running ahead of sales in the last couple of months, but he believed that this was the plan from the beginning as the automaker plans to introduce the new vehicle. Sales of the plug-in hybrid sedan have begun to drop after last year’s investigation into the safety of the model. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said at the congressional hearing in January that the Volt poses no more fire risk than other cars, sales never got back on the track.