GM plans 'significant increase' in Volt production

General Motors it will retool the Detroit plant that makes the Volt to "significantly increase" production, but sales will take a hit over the next two months in the meantime.

General Motors said Wednesday that it will retool the Detroit plant that makes the Volt to "significantly increase" production, but sales will take a hit over the next two months in the meantime.

The company said its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant will close for four weeks to upgrade its facilities to boost Volt production. The plant will also assemble the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

As a result, the number of Volts ready for delivery will be restricted for the next three months before production resumes. The Volt and Opel Ampera---the European version of the Volt---will be exported to Europe and China. GM added that Volt sales will fall in June and July. To date, 1,703 Volts have been sold.

GM's plan is to bring the Volt to customer nationwide by the end of the year as well as Europe, China and Canada. Volt and Ampera production will be 16,000 units. That sum includes demo units and exports. In 2012, capacity for the Volt and Ampera will be 60,000 vehicles with 45,000 going to the U.S.

Also: GM: Fuel efficient cars sell in April, but Volt sales slip from March

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