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Chevy-Dealing Congressman: “There Is No Market” For The Volt
The Truth About Cars ^ | October 13, 2011 | Edward Niedermeyer

Posted on 10/14/2011 4:32:30 PM PDT by BfloGuy

In addition to being a representative from Pennsylvania, Republican Mike Kelly is also a Chevrolet dealer whose family has sold Chevys since 1953. But in recent hearings on government fuel economy ratings, he laid into his brand’s green halo car, the Chevy Volt with surprising zeal. Or, not-so-surprising, when you realize that he decided to run for congress in the wake of the bailout-era dealer cull.

I’m a Chevrolet dealer… we have a Chevy Volt on the lot, it’s been there now for four weeks. We’ve had one person come in to look at it, just to see what it actually looks like… Here’s a car that costs $45,763. I can stock that car for probably a year and then have to sell it at some ridiculous price. By the way, I just received some additional information from Chevrolet: in addition to the $7,500 [federal] tax credit, Pennsylvania is going to throw another $3,500 to anybody foolish enough to buy one of these cars, somehow giving them $11,000 of taxpayer money to buy this Volt.

When you look at this, it makes absolutely no sense. I can stock a Chevy Cruze, which is about a $17,500 car and turns every 30 to 40 days out of inventory… or I can have a Volt, which never turns and creates nothing for me on the lot except interest costs… So a lot of these things that we’re seeing going on have a tremendous economic impact on people who are being asked to stock them and sell them. There is no market for this car. I do have some friends who have sold them, and they’re mostly to people who have an academic interest in it, or municipalities who are asking to buy these cars.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: autobailout; bailout; chevyvolt; generalmotors; gm; governmentmotors; govtmotors; volt
I'm a fan of automotive innovation. I'd have liked to see what the Volt might have become had government pressure not caused it to be released a couple years too early.

And I think I like this Congress-critter. He's not so scared of government motors (the source of his family's wealth) that he won't say what he thinks.

1 posted on 10/14/2011 4:32:32 PM PDT by BfloGuy
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To: BfloGuy

1. The Doltswagon
2. The Unionthuggeroadster
3. The Bonneville Bailout

2 posted on 10/14/2011 4:35:24 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: BfloGuy

This is why we need more business men in Washington. Not lawyers or from academia but people with real business experience.


3 posted on 10/14/2011 4:36:07 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: BfloGuy
Someone explain the laws of engineering and chemistry to the Green Marxists.

Just because you "plug it in" does not mean you didn't burn fossil fuels to get that electricity!

"Honey! Did you or the kids borrow my charger again?"

4 posted on 10/14/2011 4:38:52 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: BfloGuy

Those things retail for $46K?!?!


5 posted on 10/14/2011 4:39:15 PM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: Parley Baer

Herman Cain. Businessman.


6 posted on 10/14/2011 4:39:18 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: SkyPilot

Just look at that face.....pure evil!!!!!


7 posted on 10/14/2011 4:40:58 PM PDT by mickie (my grandson is in Marine boot camp)
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To: SkyPilot

Power comes form the same place as government money — barry’s stash.


8 posted on 10/14/2011 4:41:19 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012 -- the man we need at the time we need him)
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To: BfloGuy

It needed to become average, as in “average selling price of a car.”

The average selling price of a car in the US is around $28K.

For the price of a Volt, I can get into the low end of the luxury sedan market, something like an Audi A4, which if I get the Audi diesel, will get better mileage than the Volt.


9 posted on 10/14/2011 4:43:08 PM PDT by NVDave
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If you build it, they won’t come (if it’s a stupid idea in the 1st place)


10 posted on 10/14/2011 4:43:55 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: BfloGuy

But, but....

The Volt was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

~snort~


11 posted on 10/14/2011 4:47:28 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: BfloGuy

12 posted on 10/14/2011 4:49:54 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: BfloGuy

“...I’d have liked to see what the Volt might have become...”
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It would have become ... nothing.


13 posted on 10/14/2011 4:58:01 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: BfloGuy
What's interesting is that this month's issue of Car and Driver had an article comparing the Volt with the Chevrolet Cruze Eco. They said the Cruze Eco is a better choice, mostly because of the far lower initial buying cost and the fact if driven reasonably over 40 mpg on the freeway is not that hard to achieve.
14 posted on 10/14/2011 5:01:53 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SkyPilot

15 posted on 10/14/2011 5:04:44 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Too many people are incapable of critical thinking. Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The Volt was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

These coal powered vehicles are the future. /s

16 posted on 10/14/2011 5:06:51 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SkyPilot

The OBAMALAMADINGDONGMOBILE


17 posted on 10/14/2011 5:09:37 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: BfloGuy; All
Remember this post...

I have been following all the tea leaves and end trails of all the bits and pieces on the web that will become the next generation Ford Fusion, to be unveiled a the NAIAS this Jan. 012'.

IMHO it will kick the Volts @$$ from here to kingdom come and will make it look like rotten cheese.

I can't wait...

18 posted on 10/14/2011 5:11:34 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: SkyPilot
So what happens when three or more of these DOLT mobiles show up at a charging station at the same time and don't they take hours to recharge? There's news story I read where this 115yo electric car that still runs and is still used goes 40 miles on a charge. Way to go GM!

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19 posted on 10/14/2011 5:13:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: BfloGuy

I wonder how the Cadillac version will do? Does anyone remember the Edsel?


20 posted on 10/14/2011 5:25:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BfloGuy
If I had the money to blow, I'd buy one of these and get it fitted with a receiver hitch. Then I'd buy one of those tow-behind diesel generators, and drive the thing around towing the generator as it continuously recharged my batteries.

It would be its own rolling punchline.

21 posted on 10/14/2011 5:30:41 PM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: SkyPilot

“doesn’t mean that you won’t burn fossil fuels”

Darn! You stole my thunder, but that’s o.k. It is true.

In a post down thread..you pointed out the unavailibilty of charging stations. A great point!

Back in the early days of the gasoline engine..there were few gas stations.

So..if these electric cars take hold some day..there could be money made in recharging stations???


22 posted on 10/14/2011 6:01:52 PM PDT by berdie
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Click

23 posted on 10/14/2011 6:35:09 PM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: BfloGuy

lol!


24 posted on 10/14/2011 6:45:38 PM PDT by ken21
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To: BfloGuy
Read my lips: IT COSTS TOO MUCH!

Find a way to make the Volt 'as is' and sell it for $22-25k ... it will fly off the lots. The high $30k's for that car is NUTS!

25 posted on 10/14/2011 6:56:43 PM PDT by DesertSapper (CAIN 2012!!!)
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To: BfloGuy

Electric cars are not innovation. They’ve been around for about 110 years, and never made a shred of sense. They’re costly, inefficient, underpowered and limited to a small range.

Why would anyone ever want one?

When the sh!t hits the fan, they’re going to be worse than useless. If your life depended on one, you are a corpse.


26 posted on 10/14/2011 7:13:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: taildragger

Is the Fusion the one that looks like a 1955 Checker station wagon?


27 posted on 10/14/2011 7:19:30 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: All; BfloGuy
115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt
28 posted on 10/14/2011 7:52:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: All; BfloGuy
115-year-old electric car gets same 40 miles to the charge as Chevy Volt
29 posted on 10/14/2011 7:52:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: BfloGuy

>>> “There Is No Market” For The Volt

I’m openminded. I considered the Volt but realized an electric car just doesn’t work for me. The longest extension cord I have is only about 20 feet. I need to be able to travel further then that.


30 posted on 10/14/2011 8:14:33 PM PDT by tlb
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