Thursday, March 22, 2012

What The Chevy Volt Has In Common With The Ford Pinto...

Best line from this "commercial" praising the Chevy Volt:

"I've found that the fire has helped me get to my destination faster for fear of my life..."

Chevy Volt - Building a Better Tomorrow from Mister Smith Media on Vimeo.

And if you missed Rich Lowery's piece on the Volt the other day:

The partially government-owned General Motors has suspended production of its government-approved miracle car and temporarily laid off 1,300 workers at a Detroit plant. The halt is the result of a piddling detail lost in the gushers of praise for a big, bad car company supposedly learning the error of its environment-destroying ways — people don’t want to buy the damn thing.

GM hoped to sell 10,000 Volts last year and sold only 7,500. It planned to sell 45,000 this year and is scaling back production to meet the real rather than the imaginary demand

There's that word again - imaginary. More:

To buy a Volt, you need the money to splurge and the exquisite environmental consciousness to think plugging in your car will help save the planet, even though about half of electricity comes from coal. The Volt is as much affectation as car.

According to GM, the average income of a Volt purchaser is $175,000 a year. These well-heeled buyers get a $7,500 tax credit for selecting a car out of reach of many Americans, a trickle-up redistribution toward the upper, politically correct end of the car market

Lowery points out the Chevy Cruze gets comparable gas mileage to the Volt at half the price.  Consumers note that as well, buying over 200,000 of them last year.  Giving Obama the choice of either upping his Volt tax credit to $20K, or banning the internal combustion engine entirely, via executive fiat.

Which one will he chose?  If he gets re-elected in 2012, we'll find out...

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