Chevrolet deliberately planned a temporary production stoppage of the Volt this June, which means there will be limited availability of the EV until August. According to Chevy spokesperson Robert Peterson, there are now roughly 200 Volt models available nationwide.
Why would Chevy plan such a stoppage with only 200 models available in the U.S.? Simple: They're looking toward the future.
Chevy decided to hit the pause button on Volt production to make space and time to upgrade the Detroit -Hamtrack Assembly plant, where the Volt is made, in time for the 2012 model-year changeover... In case you haven't heard, the 2012 Chevy Volt EV will offer a host of new features and be available at a lower starting MSRP compared to the 2011 model.
Bearing all upgrades go according to plan, Peterson estimates Chevy will deliver 16,000 Volts to dealers around the world, by the end of the year (10,000 into the hands of American customers). Volt production is slated to resume in mid July.
2012 Chevy Volt At a Glance- Standard GM OnStar turn-by-turn features (replaces previous GPS system)
- New Colors: Blue and White...as well as White and Red interior accents
- Electric drive with output of 150 horsepower (hp) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque
- StabiliTrak with Traction Control
- Three auxiliary power outlets
- USB port
- Bluetooth for select phones
- Bose sound system
For complete details on the new 2012 Chevy Volt, including additional gains, Southworth Chevrolet today, we're happy to share complete specs and compare model years.