DETROIT -- General Motors said today that it will boost production of the Chevrolet Volt, although a month-long retooling of the assembly plant will make the plug-in hybrid even tougher to get this summer.
Early next month, GM will close its Detroit-Hamtramck plan for four weeks to complete scheduled upgrades. That means retail deliveries “will be further restricted over the next three months,” GM said in a statement.
The installation of new tools and equipment will allow GM to produce 16,000 Volts this year -- up from a previous target of 15,000. Next year, GM aims to make 60,000 Volts, an increase from the 45,000 planned earlier.
“By taking the time to reconfigure the plant, we will be better able to meet the tremendous consumer demand,” said Cristi Landy, director of marketing for the Volt.
Despite the summer lull, Landy said GM will make good on its plan to make the car available nationwide by year end.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant also is being reconfigured to produce the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu mid-sized sedan, which goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.