Yea, I'd read that on the way home too:Sasparilla wrote:GM just idled the Volt plant for 5 weeks.
http://www.freep.com/article/20120302/B ... |FRONTPAGE
With sales up and the first Volts that are HOV sticker capable just getting to CA it doesn't seem to make much sense - regardless this is bad news.
GM sez "5 weeks" . . . to what end . . . to see how things go? Is GM expecting the average buyer to start making more money soon? What are they doing? Does anyone know what ratio of Volts sold went to actual real people, as opposed to municipalities / government agencies / company fleets / dealer to dealer sales? GM has been known to "deal from the bottom of the deck" (that's as nice as I can put it) over the decades, so I'm wondering how benign this production shut down really is. I remember when GM kept pumping out Hummers way beyond the hand full of customers ... the dealers would just rent parking lots at the local malls to store them ... so as to not look like there was a glut of 'em pouring out the dealer's nostrils. I feel bad for the many folks that'll likely be out of work for (at least) the next 5 weeks.