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Consumer Reports Puts GM, Chrysler at Bottom; Chevy Volt 'Doesn't Make Sense'
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 1, 2011 | Mark Modica

Posted on 03/01/2011 12:45:48 PM PST by jazusamo

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The media may want to take a break from its rooting for General Motors, not to mention its hype surrounding the Chevy Volt. USA Today recently summarized Consumer Reports' ranking of automakers based on performance and reliability. Of the 13 automakers receiving report cards, GM and Chrysler received the worst rankings.

The number one performer according to CR was Honda, followed by Subaru. Strong reliability contributed to the high overall scores. GM was number 12 on the list with only Chrysler receiving a lower score. It should not come as a surprise that the bottom two performers were the automakers that ended up bankrupt and receiving taxpayer funded bailouts.

Almost two years after the bailouts, it appears there are still underlying areas of concern regarding quality and new product launch. It seems the fact that the Obama Administration chose to be advised by bankruptcy experts and Wall Street fat cats when orchestrating bankruptcy proceedings enabled GM and Chrysler to remove obligations from their balance sheets but didn't address the most important reasons for the decline of the two companies, primarily the lack of competitive vehicles.

In the case of GM, there was an additional blow to their reputation with negative commentary on the much-hyped Chevy Volt. GM has had a history of over promising and under delivering regarding the Volt. The public was led to believe that the Volt was a revolutionary, pure electric vehicle that would travel 40 miles on an electric charge and get the equivalent of 230 MPG. The media bought in and touted the Volt proclaiming that it would be the savior for GM. Skeptics were not impressed with what the Volt offered at a price of $41,000 and now reports are surfacing that question the practicality of the Volt and expose the vehicle as not being as environmentally friendly as GM would have us believe.

CNNMoney.com published a ranking of the 12 greenest cars by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Chevy Volt ranked number 12 on the list. Consumer Reports also was not impressed with what the Volt had to offer. Detroit News quotes David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing centers, as stating that the Volt "doesn't really make a lot of sense." Test results seem to support that statement. Champion says the Volt only went 26 miles before the gas engine took over when tested in cold weather. CR had previously reported that the Volt averaged 30 MPG in gas mode. Compare this to the Toyota Prius which gets 51 MPG and starts at $23,000. This is data that hardly seems to justify the $7,500 taxpayer subsidy each Volt sold receives.

The Chevy Volt may end up becoming a huge embarrassment for GM. GM CEO, Dan Akerson, recently upped the ante by claiming that 25,000 Volts will be built in 2011 with expectations as high as 120,000 in 2012. GM has also boasted of pricing power with demand far exceeding supply. Sales figures for the Volt do not support this claim with an abysmally low 281 vehicles being sold in February. That's even lower than January's 321 sold.

If Chevy Volt sales do not eventually live up to the hype, GM and Akerson should rightfully lose much credibility. If this is the case, it should be asked if the initial hype on the Volt was a PR stunt designed to help GM receive a taxpayer funded bailout as well as being a ploy to help support the subsequent IPO. I also have to wonder if the overwhelmingly positive media coverage was influenced by anything other than herd mentality. If retail sales for the Volt do not improve significantly, the time will come for much needed reflection.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: consumerreports; gm; governmentmotors; nlpc; obama; uaw; volt
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The Chevy Volt may end up becoming a huge embarrassment for GM.

May? It doesn't look like it can be anything but. Investors and taxpayers get taken to the cleaners again by Obama, GM and the UAW.

1 posted on 03/01/2011 12:45:51 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I’m waiting for the Ohm.


2 posted on 03/01/2011 12:48:03 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: jazusamo

Consumer reports is clearly a right wing rag. LOL


3 posted on 03/01/2011 12:49:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jazusamo

this really was expected by me. obamamobile sucks in money and doesn’t deliver, just like it’s namesake.


4 posted on 03/01/2011 12:49:11 PM PST by bareford101 ("Aslan's on the move." The Last Battle-CS Lewis)
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To: jazusamo

I don’t know. I mean, Barry drove it ten feet and said it was a great car. If he said it, well then it must be true and we should rush out and by one. Oh, wait. Let’s get one during the Christmas Season car buying rampage.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 12:50:00 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: jazusamo
If it was such a winner, the Volt wouldn't need a massive Gov't rebate to buy one. I see this car as the next punchline, officially retiring the Yugo.


6 posted on 03/01/2011 12:51:03 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: jazusamo

Yea,approx.44,000 for a Chevy Cruze!


7 posted on 03/01/2011 12:51:11 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: jazusamo

I guess I’m not surprised at any of this. The Big Three aren’t so big anymore among a lot of people...well, except maybe union members.


8 posted on 03/01/2011 12:51:29 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: cripplecreek

281 volts sold in February. wow.
281 suckers. Paid 41K for a novelty.


9 posted on 03/01/2011 12:52:21 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: beethovenfan

Resistance is futile


10 posted on 03/01/2011 12:54:11 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Texas resident

281 suckers. Paid 41K for a lawn ornament.


11 posted on 03/01/2011 12:54:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
Consumer reports is clearly a right wing rag. LOL

LOL! That's exactly what Obama and his thug libs will be saying about them.

12 posted on 03/01/2011 12:54:57 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Volt: The best coal-powered vehicle in America!


13 posted on 03/01/2011 12:55:37 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: jazusamo

I am still waiting for the article explaining how GM made a profit last year. I assume it is a combination of accounting tricks and government bulk purchases but until someone does the research this is just my speculation.


14 posted on 03/01/2011 12:56:58 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: jazusamo

If you really need or want a hybrid:

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid $25,795 MSRP, 40mpg, 206hp, seats 5. Built in Alabama by non-union workers.
http://www.hyundaiusa.com/sonata-hybrid/


15 posted on 03/01/2011 12:59:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (All gave some, some gave all.)
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To: jazusamo

“...with expectations as high as 120,000 in 2012”

Sure its a crazy number pulled out of his back side; but, lets just multiply that by the $7,500 subsidy, shall we?

$900,000,000

Really?


16 posted on 03/01/2011 1:00:44 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: cripplecreek

Buicks are as reliable as any car.


17 posted on 03/01/2011 1:00:59 PM PST by arrogantsob
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To: Dr. Ursus
One can purchase a 2011 Corvette Coup for $49,000 — screw a bunch of Volts — it an embarrassment and a toy.

And a Corvette is a chick magnet.

I have no idea what a Volt attracts????

18 posted on 03/01/2011 1:01:12 PM PST by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: jazusamo

I imagine there are rumors at GM dealerships...like stories of Bigfoot...”see Bob over there...his father in law works at a dealership in Jersey, and he sold a Volt. Really, Its true, Bob saw the bill of sale...go ahead, look it up on Snopes.”


19 posted on 03/01/2011 1:03:32 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Beckwith

“I have no idea what a Volt attracts????”

Rachel Maddow


20 posted on 03/01/2011 1:04:20 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Beckwith

I would say its a chick blocker...kinda like blue blocker sunglasses :p


21 posted on 03/01/2011 1:05:44 PM PST by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: beethovenfan
Oh, yeah, stick this in your as....car...donkey...


22 posted on 03/01/2011 1:06:08 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: jazusamo

I bet 9 out of 10 Volts made end up owned by some government agency.


23 posted on 03/01/2011 1:06:13 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: jazusamo

Look on the bright side. Obama is giving traders the chance to short GM stock all over again.

It’s going bankrupt twice!


24 posted on 03/01/2011 1:06:56 PM PST by PGR88 (Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatem?)
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To: ropin71

I owned Vettes for 10 years. It draws women like honey — especially when I parked it at the marina.

I have no idea what a “chick blocker” is.


25 posted on 03/01/2011 1:07:52 PM PST by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I bet 9 out of 10 Volts made end up owned by some government agency.

They are way ahead of you.

http://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2010/03/chevy_volt_hits_assembly_line.html

26 posted on 03/01/2011 1:10:16 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: beethovenfan
I’m waiting for the Ohm.

it was supposed to be released in 2012, but it's met with some unexpected resistance.
27 posted on 03/01/2011 1:13:33 PM PST by stompk
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To: jazusamo

Expect an executive order requiring CR to take Federal money, so they can regulate it!

Consumer advocacy is far to important to be a private enterprise!......../sarc


28 posted on 03/01/2011 1:14:02 PM PST by G Larry
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To: jazusamo

Expect an executive order requiring CR to take Federal money, so they can regulate it!

Consumer advocacy is far too important to be a private enterprise!......../sarc


29 posted on 03/01/2011 1:14:11 PM PST by G Larry
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I bet 9 out of 10 Volts made end up owned by some government agency.

Yep, there's already been something written about that.

30 posted on 03/01/2011 1:18:03 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: lacrew
Sure its a crazy number pulled out of his back side; but, lets just multiply that by the $7,500 subsidy, shall we? $900,000,000

DAMN! OUCH! F*CK! _PLEASE!!!!_ someone, vote this loser out.
31 posted on 03/01/2011 1:18:42 PM PST by stompk
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To: arrogantsob
Buicks are as reliable as any car.

sorry, my browser cut off the punchline, can you reformat for me?
32 posted on 03/01/2011 1:19:45 PM PST by stompk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hyundai has come LIGHT YEARS from the introduction of the Pony back in the day. KIA too.

The Sonata looks like a fantastic car, hybrid or not.

The USA plants have me sold. That is if I were buying a new car which we probably won't.

Our '98 Durango has been down for awhile, mostly because I bricked the security system/computer. Don't ask.

In the meantime we've been driving an older Saturn...really GM, did you think this was a good idea? The ergonomics are HORRIBLE!

An older Dodge minivan...We've had several of these and kinda like them. This one is a 6, our FAV was a 1994 4 cyl. I got so good at replacing head gaskets I could do it in WAY less than an hour...in my driveway...in the dark...in the rain.

And then there are the Aveos/Dawoos that Mrs p6's (VERY union and gearhead) brothers love. I have to admit the Aveos get great mileage, are EASY to get into and out of even for my portly self, ride decently and are fairly quiet.

A caution...DO NOT DRIVE THEM IN HEAVY SNOW! One of the most dangerous vehicles in snow I've ever been in IMO!

33 posted on 03/01/2011 1:19:45 PM PST by prisoner6 (RIght Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: jazusamo
flotus car
34 posted on 03/01/2011 1:20:30 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Lazlo in PA; Eric in the Ozarks

Lazlo’s ahead of me. :)


35 posted on 03/01/2011 1:20:41 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Compare this to the Toyota Prius which gets 51 MPG and starts at $23,000. This is data that hardly seems to justify the $7,500 taxpayer subsidy each Volt sold receives.

Look for the union label! ;-)
36 posted on 03/01/2011 1:21:16 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: PGR88
Look on the bright side. Obama is giving traders the chance to short GM stock all over again.

on zerohedge this morning they were talking about GM stock closing below the IPO price.
37 posted on 03/01/2011 1:21:24 PM PST by stompk
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To: RightOnTheBorder

“I am still waiting for the article explaining how GM made a profit last year. I assume it is a combination of accounting tricks and government bulk purchases but until someone does the research this is just my speculation.”
Obama gave them a 54 Billion tax break, many they used a little of that.


38 posted on 03/01/2011 1:21:36 PM PST by paguch
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To: RightOnTheBorder

“I am still waiting for the article explaining how GM made a profit last year. I assume it is a combination of accounting tricks and government bulk purchases but until someone does the research this is just my speculation.”
Obama gave them a 54 Billion tax break, many they used a little of that.


39 posted on 03/01/2011 1:21:36 PM PST by paguch
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To: Beckwith

I was referring to the Volt as a chick blocker vs a magnet...


40 posted on 03/01/2011 1:22:31 PM PST by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: beethovenfan
"I’m waiting for the Ohm."

Wouldn't it be uncomfortable to have to sit in the Lotus position all the time?

41 posted on 03/01/2011 1:25:18 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: stompk

LOL!


42 posted on 03/01/2011 1:26:23 PM PST by agere_contra (Historically every time the Left has 'expanded its moral imagination' the results have been horrific)
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To: Beckwith

Call for pictures “A Dolt in a Volt”


43 posted on 03/01/2011 1:27:08 PM PST by Itchen
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To: stompk

I thought it was market impedance.


44 posted on 03/01/2011 1:27:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ReverendJames

And that is about as far as it goes between charges.


45 posted on 03/01/2011 1:27:36 PM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: RightOnTheBorder
Here's an article with a couple more linked in it regarding GM accounting:

Is GM Using Inventory to Fudge Earnings?

46 posted on 03/01/2011 1:28:16 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: stompk

Nope it is true. I have owned Fords, Chevys, and Buicks and the Buicks were totally reliable. My current one is 6 yrs old and I have never had ONE problem with it. Great car and the last one was a Park Avenue which was also problem free and I loved it. They are rated very highly by consumers for reliability. I like the power as well. And I was stunned when I took a trip from Chicago to Seattle and back to find that I got 31 mpg. Would recommend Buick to anyone.


47 posted on 03/01/2011 1:28:26 PM PST by arrogantsob
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To: Beckwith
I have no idea what a Volt attracts????

Just think, you could pass the vette by and attract the ilk of Jeanine Garafalo. Yessssireee, sign me up for a volt, or is it milliamp?

48 posted on 03/01/2011 1:37:58 PM PST by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: 70th Division

But only if it’s above 72F


49 posted on 03/01/2011 1:43:47 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: Itchen
Call for pictures “A Dolt in a Volt”


50 posted on 03/01/2011 1:44:37 PM PST by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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