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