Beginning the middle of September and going four weeks into October, General Motors will shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that makes the Chevrolet Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.
As part of its existing policy to “match supply with demand” for both the Volt line – and Malibu also made at Dham – while Volt demand is up 272 percent since last year, apparently supply is even more than adequate.
GM spokesman Dave Darowitz said a strong August is expected for Volt sales, and the car is in all other respects, “doing great,” however this is the plant’s second shut down this year.
The automaker will also use the time off to retool and otherwise prepare the plant for the manufacture of the redesigned 2014 Chevy Impala.
Once the assembly line restarts, the plant will be in position to begin building preproduction Impalas. At present, the 2013 Impala is made in Oshawa, Ontario and production will continue there through the end of next year’s second quarter.
During the four-week Detroit-Hamtramck shutdown, around 1,200 hourly workers will get unemployment compensation equal to around 90-percent of full pay.