General Motors announced that they will be suspending production of the controversial Volt from March 19 until April 23. GM spokesperson Chris Lee states that the company is going through a “temporary shutdown” of the assembly line in order “align production with demand”. GM sold 7,671 Volts last year, falling short of its 10,000 cars goal. Soon after, the company stopped publicly announcing sales targets last year. It sold 1,023 Volts in February and 603 in January.
In an congressional hearing on January 25th, company CEO Dan Akerson commented “We did not design the Volt to become a political punching bag, and that's what it's become."
So, what went wrong with GM’s Chevy Volt? It it a political scapegoat? Is the US not ready for plug-in cars? Is it the fact that the Volt is an ugly $45,000 sedan that burst into flames during crash testing? Hmm…
Source: Associated Press