GM is reportedly bringing production forward of the all-electric Chevrolet Volt
8 July 2008

Reports from America say that GM is bringing forwards production of its electric Chevrolet Volt in an effort to shore-up sliding sales.The groundbreaking electric hybrid, which uses a petrol engine to charge its battery pack, could be in American showrooms by September next year.GM sees its cutting-edge Prius rival as a potential saviour for the brand, especially as American sales of the company’s SUVs and trucks decline in the face rising fuel prices.Company bosses are known to be considering another round of job cuts and plant closures in America – and the company might even get rid of some of its subsidiary brands, with Hummer (whose sales have fallen 60 per cent in a year) first in the firing-line.Bringing the petrol-electric Volt’s debut forward to September next year would also coincide with the General’s 100th anniversary. GM has confirmed that the Volt will be coming to Europe – but its launch on this side of the Atlantic will be at least 18 months behind going on sale in America.

Will Powell

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