Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


GM to suspend Volt production

And start Malibu production…

The 3.6 million-square-foot Detroit Hamtramck plant, opened in 1985, operates four days a week, 10 hours a day, on one shift employing 1,200 hourly and 130 salaried workers.

GM confirmed it also might extend the summer shutdown there, a move first reported by Ward’s Auto.

Chevy is preparing to launch production of the 2013 Malibu this summer at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.

Volt sales bounced up last month, from 603 in January to 1,023 in February. It outsold Nissan’s electric Leaf for the month. The Volt’s best sales month was December, when 1,529 cars were sold.

GM sold about 7,700 Volts in 2011, below its target of 10,000. GM last month abandoned its sales target of 45,000 for 2012, saying it would match “supply to demand.”

via GM to suspend Volt production | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.



Just in time for the spike in gas prices

via Zero Hedge:



Stupidest idea of the year, so far

This sets the bar pretty high, but it’s only February. I bet the other congressmen can put their heads together and come up with something even stupider than this.

GOP lawmaker offers $1 billion prize to first 100 mpg gasoline car – The Hill's Floor Action.



Saab files for bankruptcy
December 19, 2011, 15:55
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End of the road as carmaker Saab files for bankruptcy – Yahoo! News.

My dad used to own a bright green two-cylinder slug-shaped Saab. The company’s heritage as a manufacturer of jet fighters was not very evident in the design.



Liquid coolant might be culprit in Volt battery fires
December 8, 2011, 04:49
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Behemoth liquid-cooled GM Volt batteries may catch fire after crashes.

http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2011/12/ap_source_coolant_leak_likely.html