GM stops Chevrolet Volt production for 26 days starting September 17 image

General Motors announced plans to suspend production of the Chevrolet Volt for 26 days, in an attempt to counter excess inventory.

GM will stop production of the Volt on September 17 at its Hamtramck plant in Michigan and resume on October 12, a GM spokeswoman confirmed.

It is the second time this year that General Motors stops production due to weak demand for the electric vehicle. GM shut the Hamtramck plant for five weeks earlier this year after a prolonged holiday shutdown.

While Volt production will be halted, GM will prepare the assembly line for building the 2014 Chevrolet Impala starting in early 2013, the GM spokeswoman added. The Hamtramck plant already produces the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and the Opel Ampera, the European version of the Volt.

The suspension of production will affect approximately 1,400 hourly workers. GM has sold 10,666 units of the $40,000 Chevrolet Volt so far this year through the end of July, up from 2,870 units during the same period last year. Chevrolet dealers had 6,450 Volts in stock at the end of last month, an amount that would cover 84 days at the current rate of sales.