Short circuit: Chevy Volt to halt production for five weeks, 1,300 workers to be laid off

posted at 4:15 pm on March 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

B-b-but … California just gave it special car-pool privileges.

See now why I thought O was too optimistic when he said he’ll be buying a Volt in five years?

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23…

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

That euphemism about “aligning production with demand” is the automotive equivalent of Ian Faith talking about Spinal Tap’s appeal becoming more “selective.” The good news: Volt sales actually picked up between January and February this year. The bad news: The monthly numbers climbed from just 603 units to 1,023. To put that in perspective, GM had initially hoped to sell 45,000 Volts in the U.S. in 2012 before backing way, way off that target last month. According to the Detroit News, current stock exceeds 3,500 units, which at their usual sales rates should be enough to get them through through the spring without needing to build a single new unit. Hence the layoffs.

I went over to Green Car Reports to see what they have on this. Nothing yet — but here’s one car buyer’s defense of why he chose a Prius Plug-in instead of a Volt. The Prius retails for $32,760 while the Volt will run you a cool $39,995, but that’s before tax credits. Thanks to Uncle Sam, you get a $7,500 break on the Volt but just $2,500 on the Prius, which still isn’t enough to create a price advantage for Chevy but at least gets them to near parity. Good ol’ government.


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If you want to keep up with demand shut it down permanently!

LeftCoastRight on March 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Now that’s some news Hot Air can celebrate!

plewis on March 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Laid Off Workers Of The World Unite!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

He’ll be buying a used Volt.

Maybe.

If they haven’t all burned to the ground by then.

The most predictable debacle in history.

Spannerhead on March 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Ian Faith talking about Spinal Tap’s appeal

I specifically said Spinal Tap and Puppet Show.

John the Libertarian on March 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Gotta love the Friday News Dump. Its the little things that get me through the day and out the door for the weekend!

GadsdenRattlers on March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

If the federal government has the authority to regulate the environment (EPA) and to force us to enter into private contracts, it seems within reason a law to force citizens to buy Volts is A-OK.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Don’t worry, GM. The Driver Protection and Affordable Transportation Act (or ObamaDrive) will include a handy-dandy mandate for the purchase of your Motortrend POS of the Year.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

It was only a matter of time before reality set in.

Thurston Howell III on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

No problem. When gas hits $11.00/gallon it will be more than cost effective.

All is proceeding according to plan.

KMC1 on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Thank you.

Bmore on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

In the immortal words of Jailbreak

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

gophergirl on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Dammit! And I was saving up for that tax break, too!

Red Cloud on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Unexpectedly!

KOOLAID2 on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Thanks to Uncle Sam Scam, you get a $7,500 break on the Volt but just $2,500 on the Prius, which still isn’t enough to create a price advantage for Chevy but at least gets them to near parity.

hepcat on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The Volt is a POS, it is an unninnovative failure. If it was failing at something that have never been tried at before, it might get some credit for “effort”. But it can’t even pull off the things the Japanese have been pulling off for 15 years in mass-production commercial scales, or what the Europeans have been accomplishing for 20 years on small scales. It is a joke and an embarrassment to the American auto “industry” (much like everything Chrysler and GM manage to crap out).

Daikokuco on March 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Didn’t GM post RECORD PROFITS?! I think Dear Leader has something to say about a company posting such profits while laying off people.

El_Terrible on March 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

The monthly numbers climbed from just 603 units to 1,023.

Golf courses replacing some old golf carts for the 2012 golf season. Look for Obama to drive a volt on the golf course this year.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

President Reverse Midas strikes again.

Cicero43 on March 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Low Voltage warning!

faraway on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

According to the laws of supply and demand, they should be marking these things way down. I’m tempted to go into the nearest Chevy dealer and offer $10k just to piss them off.

John Deaux on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’m SURE that the Volt (UAW) was built much better than the Toyota Prius to justify the higher price. (laughing)

search4truth on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

GM records its highest profit ever: $7.6 billion

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fiw-gm-earns-20120216,0,1420919.story

El_Terrible on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Everything the prezdit mandates (for the commie cause) seems to be showing how really bad it all really is. Sweet.

AP – off subject but has anyone read that Journal of Medical Ethics article published today in Australia? Basically is a pro-infanticide medical journal article. It’s call after-birth abortion…. Despicable.

http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.abstract

HomeoftheBrave on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Looking forward to some law students testifying to Congress that they need more taxpayer support to drive around for fun this weekend.

JeremiahJohnson on March 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Gee, looks like GM is benefiting from the Obomba economy just about as well as everyone else is. Well, unless you’re a federal employee I guess, then you’re doing JUUUST FINE.

Meople on March 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

According to the laws of supply and demand, they should be marking these things way down. I’m tempted to go into the nearest Chevy dealer and offer $10k just to piss them off.

John Deaux on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

HEADLINE:

“OBAMA IGNORES HISTORY; RE-MAKES THE EDSEL”

BobMbx on March 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I specifically said Spinal Tap and Puppet Show.

John the Libertarian on March 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM

We should combine this thread with the Rush/Fluke one:

“There’s no sex and drugs for Ian, Sandra.”

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hey, that’s great, when I am getting my portion of the bailout money back. Oh yeah, that’s right, that’s already “earmarked” for the Obomba re-election slush fund.

Meople on March 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

So, when they restart production near the election…

Volt sales are up 100%!!!!!!!!!

faraway on March 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

According to the laws of supply and demand, they should be marking these things way down. I’m tempted to go into the nearest Chevy dealer and offer $10k just to piss them off.

John Deaux on March 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

At $10k I would consider getting one for my 17 year old, just to see how fast he could get it to catch fire.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Ian Faith talking about Spinal Tap’s appeal

Ace riffs on Breitbart and “11,” now this. Maybe there is something to that “AP is Ace” rumor.

As for Obama’s Smell The Glovebox iniative, it all boils down to Gimme Some Money.

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“aligning production with demand”, in English means “no one wants the GD thing”.

waterytart on March 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Hey, that’s great, when I am getting my portion of the bailout money back. Oh yeah, that’s right, that’s already “earmarked” for the Obomba re-election slush fund.

Meople on March 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

What really p-sses me off is that the GM workers each got 7500 bucks in bonus checks while their employer still owes the taxpayers over $20 billion. Remember the outrage when the banks handed out bonuses? And they paid back their TARP loans.

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Well, of course sales of the Volt are falling behind.

That’s because everybody’s lining up to buy a Fisker so they can be just like Justin Bieber.

UltimateBob on March 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Brownout

roy_batty on March 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

It’s actually $50,000+ if you want any options on it. Nobody is going to buy a stripped car at $40,000.

John_G on March 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I’ve heard that commercial where they state that the battery have been tested for 400,000+ hrs.Someone else did the math and it figured out to about 30 some yrs.

BruceB on March 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

According to the Detroit News, current stock exceeds 3,500 units, which at their usual sales rates should be enough to get them through through the spring without needing to build a single new unit.

I think that covers them for the next fiscal year.

squint on March 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Maybe a Sandra Fluke ad for the Chevy Volt could help…

mjbrooks3 on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

BHO: Let’s make the Catholics buy the Volt…

d1carter on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

So the layoffs have been deemed temporary and likely won’t be counted in the next unemployment numbers, but in 5 months 1300 new jobs will have been created when these workers are called back.

stukinIL4now on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’ve heard that commercial where they state that the battery have been tested for 400,000+ hrs.Someone else did the math and it figured out to about 30 some yrs.

BruceB on March 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Like with Hard Drives and the Mean Time to Failure, it means they tested X number of batteries for Y number of Hours = 400,000

For Example 1,000 batteries for 400 hours or something…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

See now why I thought O was too optimistic when he said he’ll be buying a Volt in five years?

By the looks of things, when Obama buys his Volt in 5 years, the newest one available will be four years old. Let’s hope he’s been out of office for just as long.

dirtseller on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Apparently there’s a lot of Ohm to the Volt.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

” Fire Sale in Aisle Five” new Chevy Volts and a Fire Extinguisher for $14,095 but wait if you order now we will add a NASCAR Flame Retardant suit. You just pay shipping and handling for the flame retardant suit.

stormridercx4 on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Well yeah! Obomba has to shore up his base voters you know.

We are SO screwed.

Meople on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I wonder if you can use a Volt for Contraception… if your drive one, what are you chances of getting laid?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Apparently Currently speaking there’s a lot of Ohm to the Volt.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

FIFM

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

And, yes, that’s green car advocate Ed Begley, Jr., on drums. Wasn’t he the drummer who spontaneously combusted, or did he choke on someone else’s vomit?

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I’m going broke trying to buy the Chevy Volt. Everyday, I look across the streets and highways, and I see the sad faces of people who are being broken by the lack of affordable Chevy Volts. Chevy Volts should be made free or affordable to Americans who want to ride around in Chevy Volts.

El_Terrible on March 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Will the next Obamacare mandate for the “rich” be to buy a Volt?

With the growing authoritarianism of this regime I wouldn’t doubt it.

Else every federal agency will have to replace their vehicle fleets with Volts.

Charlemagne on March 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

” Fire Sale in Aisle Five” new Chevy Volts and a Fire Extinguisher for $14,095 but wait if you order now we will add a NASCAR Flame Retardant suit. You just pay shipping and handling for the flame retardant suit.

stormridercx4 on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

But wait, there’s more! If you act in the next 30 minutes, we’ll throw in a 2nd flame retardant suit for your passenger FOR FREE!

search4truth on March 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I know they have one presale they are working on, so that will help.

Fuquay Steve on March 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

“OBAMA IGNORES HISTORY; RE-MAKES THE EDSEL”

BobMbx on March 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hey fool. The Edsel was actually a very good, innovative car. Dumbass pontificating housewives and beta males decided it was “ugly”, that’s why it failed. Not because it was a piece of junk. It was the opposite.

Daikokuco on March 2, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Short circuit: Chevy Volt to halt production for five weeks, 1,300 workers to be laid off

LMAO! You mean that there isn’t a market for a $40-thousand economy car? Who’da thunk it. I for one am relieved that the super-geniuses in the Obama administration are at the helm. We’re in the very best of hands.

ghostwriter on March 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

OT: Ted Nugent endorses Mitt Romney after a long heartfelt conversation

http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2012/03/ted-nugent-endorses-mitt-romney-116247.html

If even Nugent’s on board with Mittens, then the writing’s on the wall.

Doughboy on March 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I’ve heard that commercial where they state that the battery have been tested for 400,000+ hrs.Someone else did the math and it figured out to about 30 some yrs.

BruceB on March 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Unless you intend to go over 5 mph at any point. In which case, the warranty will be voided.

squint on March 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Official song of the Chevy Volt: On Fire

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“[W]e are still seeking to align our production with demand.”

ROFL. That’s the equivilent of a CEO saying he’s “cautiously optimistic”.

Usually, the shit hits the fan soon after.

BacaDog on March 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Obama’s Trevant paid for by taxpayers…I hope it comes with a heated bumper so your hands don’t get cold pushing it…

Nozzle on March 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

When volt sales are up, that means some poor soul bought one last month.

HopeHeFails on March 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Official song of the Chevy Volt: On Fire

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Yeah, they need to stop making those things out of Explodium.

squint on March 2, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Meet the Roberts electric car. Built in 1896, it gets a solid 40 miles to the charge — exactly the mileage Chevrolet advertises for the Volt,

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/14/114-year-old-electric-car-gets-same-40-miles-to-the-charge-as-chevy-volt/#ixzz1nzvkVMIK

mjbrooks3 on March 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I wonder if you can use a Volt for Contraception… if your drive one, what are you chances of getting laid?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Quiet on that – that us that to justify that as a reason for them to be handed out for free.

Chip on March 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

According to the White House, the problem with Volt sales is that “the vehicle’s inferiority is incorrectly aligned with the available incentive payment.”

In other words, the government merely needs to pay people more to buy them, since they can’t compete on quality and value alone.

Makes perfect sense, so saith Ayn Rand. With tongue firmly embedded in cheek.

[Disclosure: the "quote" above was made up, by me, but it sounds about right.]

IndieDogg on March 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

have they had one of these lemons on Top Gear yet? Would love to see the Stig tramp on one of these.

maineconservative on March 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I’m glad that fewer people are spending my money than anticipated.

tomg51 on March 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

That euphemism about “aligning production with demand” is the automotive equivalent of Ian Faith talking about Spinal Tap’s appeal becoming more “selective.”

Fear not. The shut down is also so they can re-tool. All knobs and buttons on the Volt will now go to eleven.

The government brain trust never rests. Increased sales must surely follow.

MessesWithTexas on March 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

May bho buy all of these little jewels when his ‘five’ years of dictorship is over here!
L

letget on March 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

It is beyond me why they did not launch it under the Cadillac brand. When someone is paying $40K, the least you can do is throw in a Cadillac badge. Plus that aligns with Cadillac’s positioning as a techy car. The only reason is that they wanted government incentives and it would have been hard to justify subsidizing a Cadillac buyer like Mitt Romney’s wife.

sram on March 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Apparently there’s a lot of Ohm to the Volt.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

You are just being resistive.

Electrongod on March 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Next up: the Chevy Chase. A car that starts off strong, then drives itself off a cliff.

squint on March 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

GM will get thrown under the bus when they are no longer necessary to be the poster child for the Keynesian charade.

FlaMurph on March 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

In comparison, selling the Chevy Nova in Latin America was easy.

Christien on March 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Electrongod on March 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Resistance is futile.

Left Coast Right Mind on March 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

In a unexpected development the US Forest Service has decided to ban all Chevy Volts in National Forests during High Fire Risk times. They are afraid the car will burn the whole Da^n forest down.

stormridercx4 on March 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

This should read: We are seeking to align our production with lack of demand.
No worries, c’mon down to your Government Motors dealer for some red hot deals on cars that are smokin’! GMAC is willing to burn through the red tape to re-ignite America’s burning love for hot cars.

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Per leftist logic, since demand is going down anyway, they should increase the supply. Did I get that right?

NukeRidingCowboy on March 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

If the federal government has the authority to regulate the environment (EPA) and to force us to enter into private contracts, it seems within reason a law to force citizens to buy Volts is A-OK.

WashJeff on March 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I expect what the proggies would prefer is an application process where you provide personal details of your life, income and line of work and the government comes back with the vehicle that they allow you to buy. Default vehicle is the Volt.

A L’Idiot process to buy a car.

slickwillie2001 on March 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

And folks, while you are shopping for America’s hottest car bargain don’t forget our latest color options: Flame Red, Burnt Orange and Charcoal (with Soot interior).

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The Chevy Volt – get ‘em while they’re HOT!

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And folks, while you are shopping for America’s hottest car bargain don’t forget our latest color options: Flame Red, Burnt Orange and Charcoal (with Soot interior).
Now that’s funny !! ROFLMAO

stormridercx4 on March 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Going from 34 volts to 35 volts is hard.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on March 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt *CRACK!*

Sharp smell of ozone in the air…..

Turtle317 on March 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

How about the Chevy Lightning! 244,000 to one of being struck in your lifetime…..is that driving or crossing the street?

AndAero on March 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

If these cars were any hotter, they’d be made with stolen money…

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Is there a case to be made for cutting out the middle man and just setting fire to your 40K?

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

“[W]e are still seeking to align our production with demand.”

Little too big to fit on a Tee-shirt…..

8thAirForce on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Kinda early for the Friday news dump .. maybe there’s something even better in the pipeline ?

/.

CaveatEmpty on March 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

This just isn’t funny to me anymore.

The volt, solyndra, wind mills in new england all on my dime. The least the government can do is deliver a case of beer to my house every Friday, so I can get blackout drunk and forget they’re spending the money of generations of people that will not produce 25% of the energy of fossil fuels ever and risking our national security by blowing that money and still having to import oil.

If there were anywhere else to go, I’d be looking to move 2nd week of November; depending on election results.

cougar on March 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

This just isn’t funny to me anymore.

The volt, solyndra, wind mills in new england all on my dime. The least the government can do is deliver a case of beer to my house every Friday, so I can get blackout drunk and forget they’re spending the money of generations of people that will not produce 25% of the energy of fossil fuels ever and risking our national security by blowing that money and still having to import oil.

If there were anywhere else to go, I’d be looking to move 2nd week of November; depending on election results.

cougar on March 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Look Coug, they are simply looking out for you because you (the average citizen) aren’t smart enough to invest in Volts, Solybdra or windmills. So they have to ‘guide’ you. See how that works? /Sarc

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The Dems need to trade the Donkey mascot for a Volt. It is a perfect fit.

Southernblogger on March 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Obama has the ant-Midas touch.

Every company or product he endorses ends up broke.

DrW on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

How are they gonna get those 1.5 million made?

lonestar1 on March 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Coming soon to your local Government Motors dealer: fleet discounts know as Voltage’.

ghostwalker1 on March 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

76.7%

Why, that’s an A+ in the Obama Administration.

parke on March 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Shocking.

I heard the Volt was being redesigned to utilize solar panels for a recharging system. A company called Solyndra is getting some funds to be the supplier.

HumpBot Salvation on March 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

This will help his re-election bid somehow. Ask any lib.

DanMan on March 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

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