General Motors’ Flint Engine Plant Begins To Prepare For 2016 Chevrolet Volt Production

JAN 23 2015 BY JAY COLE 9

2016 Chevrolet Volt Features New 1.5-Liter Engine

Early 2016 Chevrolet Volts Sold This Year Will Have Engines From Mexico, US-Based Production From Flint, Michigan Expected To Come Online In Q4 2015

A production-intent version of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (full details and specs here) debuted a couple weeks ago at the NAIAS in Detroit, another sits in Washington today at their auto show.

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5-Liter Engine

2016 Chevrolet Volt 1.5-Liter Engine

Meanwhile back in Flint, Michigan, a team of  union employees and GM engineers are working together on plant production changes to build the new, lighter and more efficient 1.5-liter engine found inside the full production version of 50 mile, extended range Volt, which is scheduled to go on sale in the second half of this year.

“I think just our team alone, everyone is really excited because we’re really involved.  We’ve been involved in every aspect for this new engine and no one is out in the dark,” said UAW Local 599 worker Kim Hubbard to MLive on the co-operation between employees on the plant floor and GM.

Truth be told, production of the 1.5 liter engine might be a little behind schedule, as early copies of the 2016 Volt will not have a US-made engine, but rather one from the company’s Toluca, Mexico plant.

“We’ve had to rearrange the plant. It’s been like a board game, you’ve got to find open spaces. That’s the one big challenge for us.” – Jim Stack, operations launch manager for GM.

Still, MLive reports that new walls are up in the factory now “marking the beginning of equipment entering the building as officials transition to creating the new engine in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.” 

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9 Comments on "General Motors’ Flint Engine Plant Begins To Prepare For 2016 Chevrolet Volt Production"

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Mark Hovis

Any guess to when the 2016 goes on sale? I saw one site quote late 2016. I can’t believe that can wait that long.

Mark Hovis

2015

bro1999

“Fall 2015” is the answer until GM announces an official date.

Tim F.

Start of production is the end of July. I’d expect them to start showing up at dealers in September.

Plug R N

The 2016 Volt goes on sale 2nd half of 2015, likely Sept. I hope to buy one, love it.

Speculawyer

The thought of GM building the new Volt in Flint, Michigan gives me a good feeling. That place needs to job. I hope people buy lots of these cars.

Nick

+1

kdawg

Will be 70% North American components. I’d like to know what % is Michigan alone.

GSP

The Volt is assembled in Detroit. Cell manufacture, battery assembly, transaxle assembly and engine assembly are all in Michigan as well. Motors are assembled in Kentucky. This is a lot of USA content.

GSP