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First Chevrolet Volt hits assembly line

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First Chevrolet Volt hits assembly line

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

New York -- The first Chevrolet Volt rolled down the assembly line at General Motors Co.'s Detroit-Hamtramck plant Monday, a milestone ahead the vehicle's planned launch in November.

"The first manufacturing-validation vehicle ... came down the assembly line on Monday," said GM vice chairman Bob Lutz in an interview today on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show.

The early run of vehicles is intended to "to ferret out any areas that are difficult to assemble."

"This is eight months before production launch. It shows that the program is in extremely good shape," Lutz said.

GM will build several hundred of these vehicles over the next few months before the official fall launch of the Volt. GM plans to build about 4,000 Volts, which will get up to 40 miles of all-electric range, through the summer of 2011.

"There's never been any problem. There's never been threat of cancellation. There's never been any threat of delay," Lutz said.

GM still needs to finish the software for the Volt over the next months, and will keep putting lots of miles on prototypes as it tests the batteries and other systems.

Lutz said GM didn't plan to accelerate the Volt's introduction by a few weeks, saying that would be a publicity stunt.

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