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GM to suspend production of Chevrolet Volt

DALLAS - General Motors is suspending production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said yesterday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

“We’re taking a temporary shutdown,’’ said GM spokesman Chris Lee. “We’re doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand.’’

GM sold 7,671 Volts last year, below its original goal of 10,000 cars. It sold 1,023 Volts in February and 603 in January.

Lee said a decision to allow Volt drivers to use carpool lanes in California should help demand.

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“We’re just looking to increase sales, and we see a positive trend going forward,’’ he said.