The Final Chevrolet Volt Officially Rolls off the Assembly Line
It's the end of an era, as the final Volt vehicle has officially left the Detroit-Hamtramck Plant
General Motors just announced that it plans to extend operations at its Detroit-Hamtramck location by seven months. This decision has at least temporarily spared models like the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac CT6.
One vehicle wasn’t as lucky though, as GM has confirmed the final Chevrolet Volt model has just rolled off the assembly line.
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Production for the Volt reportedly came to an end on February 15. This is the same day that production for the Buick LaCrosse officially ended as well.
Volt production was initially set to continue until June, the original closing date for the Detroit-Hamtramck location. However, GM confirmed that Volt production wrapped up early to reflect customer demand.
This likely means that GM is struggling to sell off its current fleet of Volts. With a build-up of Chevrolet Volt models on dealership lots, it wouldn’t make sense to continue producing the Volt so near to its projected date of cancellation.
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At one time, the Chevrolet Volt represented the future of the GM lineup of vehicles. It was the brand’s first major hybrid, and its launch saw much fanfare and success.
Since then, GM has introduced more advanced EVs, such as the Chevrolet Bolt, rendering the Volt somewhat obsolete. In fact, GM President Mark Reuss recently suggested that GM plans to move away from hybrids altogether, focusing instead on EVs.
The Chevrolet Volt’s demise doesn’t just showcase a change in strategy for GM. In many ways, it represents a dynamic shift for the greater automotive industry, as an increasing number of automakers attempt to go all-electric.
News Source: GM Authority