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Chevrolet Volt production about to be put on halt

Production of the Chevrolet Volt will be suspended in May to reduce stockpiles in the U.S. and pave the way for the next-generation Volt starting this summer.

A GM spokeswoman, Michelle Malcho, said the production hiatus is a result of a “multitude of factors,” such as lower-than-expected sales, factory renovations, and engineering changes.

According to the Automotive News Data Center, U.S. dealers had 5,400 Volts in their lots on April 1st — enough to last 211 days at the car’s current sale pace. Deliveries have dropped 48% since the start of 2015.

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. It features a 1.5L engine-generator, offers up to 80 kilometres of range in EV mode, accelerates more rapidly, and achieves a combined 5.7L/100km. Sales will begin in the second half of 2015.