Workers assembling the Chevrolet Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck plant will have some extended downtime, as numerous reports indicate that the facility will be idled from September 17 until Octoboer 15. Roughly 1,500 workers will be affected by the shutdown.
Sales of the Volt have been climbing, but apparently not at a quick enough clip to meet estimates. Optimistic expectations originally had the Volt selling at least 60,000 units this year, but have been decreased to the more realistic range of 30,000-45,000 units. At the end of July, GM has only tallied 10,666 Volt sales.The planned shut down also marks the second time this year that GM suspended Volt and Ampera production, as the plant was previously idled from March 19 until April 16 of this year.
These sudden stoppages for the plant are less likely to take place once D-Ham begins producing the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
Update: it’s come to our attention that even though the sales numbers are accurate, that’s not the reason for the idling of Detroit-Hamtramck. It turns out that it’s the 2014 Impala’s fault, as the plant requires four weeks of retooling to get it ready to produce the all-new full-size sedan, which looks fantastic both in photos and in person.