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Temporary Layoffs at GM as Volt Production Put on Hold

By Doug Powers  •  March 2, 2012 04:11 PM

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You can be pretty sure that in the White House this story is going to make somebody realize a huge mistake was made — the taxpayer subsidy should be way higher than just $10,000 per car.

From the Detroit Free Press:

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.

Hopefully during the downtime the entire project will be re-tooled to put the cart after the horse where it belongs, but I’m not counting on it.

At the next Council on Jobs and Competitiveness meeting, President Obama’s going to have to tell Immelt to step it up a notch.

Help is on the way, however, because Obama said he’s going to buy one when he’s no longer president in five years (if workers want to boost sales quicker they’ll vote Republican in November so Obama can buy one this coming January).

The plant in question is the same one Obama visited in July of 2010 to tout the Volt:


Update: Who are some on the left blaming for low Volt sales? Well, Rush Limbaugh of course. Apparently he once called the car “trampy” or something.

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