GM suspending over priced Chevy Volt output

General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its over-priced because of White House intervention Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. At $40,000 the car is too expensive and should have been made in one of GM's China plants and sold for $25,000.

Automotive News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will suspend production from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15.

Leaders of the UAW told the plant's 1,500 union workers about the scheduled downtime last week, the source said.

It would be the second interruption in production for the Volt, which can go 38 miles on battery power before needing a recharge from its gasoline engine. GM late Monday disputed published reports that the move is because of slow Volt sales. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, way up from the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

"We are not idling the plant due to poor Volt sales. We're gearing up for production of the new Impala," Chevy spokesman David Darovitz said in an email. Yeah right. 10,000 sales. Pathetic.

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