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GM streamlines Volt plant, delays 2nd shift



General Motors says it's delaying plans to add a second shift at the factory that makes its Chevrolet Volt electric cars.

The company says it has found ways to make one shift more efficient and produce the same number of cars as two shifts.

Spokesman Chris Lee says GM still will add 300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant - but not a second shift - by the end of this year to make more Volts.

GM won't add a second shift until late 2012 as the plant starts building the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan.

GM says demand for the Volt still is strong and it's sticking with plans to build 60,000 next year. That number includes the Opel Ampera, a version of the Volt to be sold in Europe.

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