Report: Whitacre’s plan to release Chevrolet Volt early seeing hurdles

General Motors long ago set the launch date for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt for November 2010; however, when Chairman Ed Whitacre became CEO of the company, he planned to push the Volt’s extended-range electric to customer’s garages prior to November.

According to the Free Press, Whitacre’s ambitions are running into hurdles. Executives familiar with the plans said that they’ve run into some challenges that are complicating the push.

The idea has “a number of problems, and the car isn’t one of them,” one executive said.

Insiders are concerned that if the Volt is sold before the official launch date, it could require early tweaks and changes that are routine to prepare a vehicle for official rollout. If those tweaks and changes are misunderstood, it could create PR problems for GM, which is counting on the Volt to boost its image.

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– By: Kap Shah

Source: Free Press