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GM Suspends Volt Production, Lays Off 1,300 Workers

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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:08 PM
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GM Suspends Volt Production, Lays Off 1,300 Workers


nation.foxnews.com

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.
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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:08 PM
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Good job with the bail out, eh? GM is doing AMAZING NOW... how much more of this B.S are we really going to believe from the government? sure it is only "temporary" but how many more times in the near future will this happen? But we are on the right track to economic recovery. Enough band-aids, we are hemorrhaging.

nation.foxnews.com
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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:13 PM
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Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks


aww poor detriot , another blow , that place really needs a upper lifter . That ship is sinking pretty quick, i hear april ish , before they go bankrupt.

Even though it is a temp layoff untill they restructure supply vs demand , still a low blow for the big D

For what it cost the tax payers for the volt. Is not worth it .

average income 160 k for volt buyers , lol
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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:16 PM
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ust the Facts:

President Obama told a United Auto Workers conference on Tuesday that he intends to buy a Chevrolet Volt when he leaves office.

"Five years from now, when I'm not president any more, I'll buy one and drive it myself," Obama vowed.

Obama's comments about the Volt were part of a lengthy defense of his administration's bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009.
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The story date is Feb 29, 2012. I guess it's fair to say Obama won't be buying the Volt he wanted after all. What a cluster. What a total mess.

This is why Government has absolutely NO business micromanaging private sector business. It just never ends well. HOW much did it cost us to learn it with the Volt? I don't think I even want to know.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:20 PM
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Ah Fox.... It's temporary first of all, and let's see that's still
338,700 jobs saved out of 340,000.
Maybe they just let go the anti-union workers, haha.
Come on. Lame lame lame.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:46 PM
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"Five years from now, when I'm not president any more, I'll buy one and drive it myself," Obama vowed.


I worked on a little tiny sensor in the seat in the volt.

Because of this the company that laid me off (way back in 2009) will no longer sell that part to GM (less income).

And, hopefully he can buy a used car, in one year not five

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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:51 PM
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Ouch.. I'm sorry to hear you're one of the victims on this one. What a time to take a hit like this. Particularly when all public indications...right to that report a few days ago....would seem to have indicated stability.


Hopefully the next 'big' vehicle developed will be based on market research for what people truly want..and not what politicians want people to want.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 05:53 PM
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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Hopefully the next 'big' vehicle developed will be based on market research for what people truly want..and not what politicians want people to want.


Don't forget not financed with
our tax dollars!!!!!!

I think people want to want electric vehicles
just the 12 hour charging kicks them in the teeth
not to mention it does not eliminate fossil fuels from still being burnt.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:01 PM
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No, not me. I was laid off from old company in 2009. Moved to CA in 2010. Only out of work about a month.

But old company has been loosing business little by little. This will not help. Not really a high volume program anyway. But my point is that if they stop making volts, all the suppliers starve. There will be a domino effect of layoffs, not just GM.

This text from co-worker still at old company


Chevy Volt

Another brilliant idea from our government
The idiots are running the asylum
Cost to operate a Chevy Volt

Eric Bolling (Fox Business Channel's Follow the Money) test drove the
Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors.

For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.
Eric calculated that the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9 gallon gas tank and the 16 kWh battery is approximately 270 miles. It will take you 4 1/2 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery
and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.
According to General Motors, the Volt battery hold 16 kWh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned so I looked up what I pay for electricity.
I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kWh. 16 kWh x $1.16 per kWh = $18.56 to charge the battery.
$18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.
Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine only that gets 32 mpg.
$3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.
The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.
So our government wants us to pay 3 times as much for a car that costs more that 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times as long to drive across country.

REALLY?

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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:05 PM
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The Volt simply wasn't a very good car and it was 20,000 dollars too expensive, especially when there are cheaper better alternatives out there. GM fumbled everything about this car from the marketing, roll-out, price, specs, design. Its very typical of GM the last 20 years they didn't really understand what consumers wanted and the result is another flop.

This should have been marketed as a halo car for GM instead of a car to challenge the already entrenched toyota prius. To get the general public really turned on by hybrid cars they are going to have to be sexy and desirable not generic econoboxes Why would i go to a volt when a diesel jetta will get me better economy for a much lower initial cost, especially considering this economy.




this would have sold at the msrp

not this





posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:30 PM
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Here is a link to an image that graphically shows some of the many suppliers that make parts for the Volt.

Image here




Source here
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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:37 PM
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I read somewhere that each Volt cost US taxpayers approximately $200,000. I am digging for a link and will post it if I find it.

Chevy Volt, Motor Trend car of the year back in 2010. What a joke.
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posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:46 PM
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Originally posted by drock905
Why would i go to a volt when a diesel jetta will get me better economy for a much lower initial cost, especially considering this economy.




My first car was a 1991 diesel VW jetta. 35-40 mpg by my calculations. I do not know why the US does not produce small, efficient diesel engines for small cars and trucks. I love diesel engines but the only diesel vehicles on the market in the US are over sized trucks.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 06:51 PM
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GM should have went under a couple years ago. That is why you do not bail out private industries. Some of them fail, and some of them are meant to fail.

Because they suck.

GM, the people behind it and the habits the company developed were toxic, and the very essence of it's brand died a few years ago. The Government gave it zombie blood for a few years by injecting cash it should have never received.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 07:07 PM
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The green movement is dying with a wimper.

America can no longer afford subsidized energy.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 07:24 PM
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lolol It really is unfortunate what happened to the Big 3.

between executives and unions and government, the combined greed of all of them absolutely destroyed not just what the city of Detroit was known for but the nation.

I remember way back when when people were proud in this nation. Where has it all gone?

It got to the point where they went after the largest and best car manufacturer to the point of trying to ruin their brand worldwide with trump up allegations simply because the Big 3 could no longer compete due to their own incompetence.

its at times like these Americans should hang their heads in shame. You killed not only your lively hood but an institution with your greed and shotty work.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 08:41 PM
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..Gee maybe if GM didn't try to charge nearly $50,000 for this POS car, more people would buy it.

It's a car. A gas powered car. With a tiny, tiny, tiny little electric battery, the smallest electric battery on the market actually.

So why would we pay $50,000 for a car with a tiny electric range before switching over to a standard 4c engine?

I could just buy an electric Leaf or Prius for thousands less.. or for half the price a 45mpg+ Prius from a far better manufacturer..

GM is a moronic corporation .. and we are idiots for letting the US Government bail them out, then subsidize the crap out of these pos cars.



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 09:04 PM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
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..Gee maybe if GM didn't try to charge nearly $50,000 for this POS car, more people would buy it.

It's a car. A gas powered car. With a tiny, tiny, tiny little electric battery, the smallest electric battery on the market actually.

So why would we pay $50,000 for a car with a tiny electric range before switching over to a standard 4c engine?

I could just buy an electric Leaf or Prius for thousands less.. or for half the price a 45mpg+ Prius from a far better manufacturer..

GM is a moronic corporation .. and we are idiots for letting the US Government bail them out, then subsidize the crap out of these pos cars.



The execs must get their 7 figure salaries and the unions must get their $100 per hr also.

How dare you?



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 09:06 PM
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here you go
Government Motors Volt Costs Taxpayers $250,000 per Vehicle,

I'd venture to guess that 5 week lay off will be much longer.
Funny thing, I don't even tink the guys making the Volt can buy one...I'm pretty sure the Volt isn't offered in the Detroit area....I think it's a cold weather issue....but..the "news" being what it is.......



posted on Mar, 2 2012 @ 10:19 PM
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I don't ever see the Electric Car going anywhere. Electricity is not cheap, and it just would'nt save you any money in the long run.

And for $50k? What a joke.

Does'nt effect me me though, I like V8's, I don't care what the Gas prices become, i'll still fuel up this 350 Small block.



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