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Bob Lutz Slams 'Right-Wing Talk Show Guys' Over Volt
http://www.hybridcars.com/news/bob-lutz-slams-right-wing-talk-show-guys-over-chevy-volt-43974.html ^

Posted on 04/17/2012 9:20:26 AM PDT by kcvl

He makes no bones about being a Republican. Yet Bob Lutz, even though he might not work for General Motors anymore, still has plenty of choice words for some fellow Republicans, specifically “the right wing talk show guys,” whom he feels helped put a real kink in the Chevy Volt’s sales curve.

During an interview with Plug In America’s Jeff U’Ren, Lutz gave his two cents on a number of Volt related subjects, saying that in his eyes, early marketing was a bit tepid, which reflected in early sales numbers, though he did say that even then, demand was on a steep upward curve.

But that was until the NHTSA crash test and subsequent probe, which saw, as Lutz mentioned, “the likes of Lou Dobbs, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh even the beloved Reverend Huckabee, all talking about the highly flammable Chevrolet Volt.”

However, despite the aftermath of all this, namely a shutdown of Volt production to balance output with inventory, Lutz said that based on information from GM, March is expected to have been a record sales month.

He also said that earning European Car of the Year honors was the first time an American designed, and built car has ever won the prestigious accolade.

“You would think that would get a little attention in the media,” he joked, “but don’t wait for O’Reilly to say it.”

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1 posted on 04/17/2012 9:20:35 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Oh please. What put the “kink” in the sales is the price and the general quality of the so-called vehicle. Lutz is an idiot.


2 posted on 04/17/2012 9:22:55 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now that Perry's out, I guess I'll just have to vote for "Generic Republican Candidate")
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To: kcvl

It was not radio hosts that caused the recall due to poor batteries.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 9:23:46 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: kcvl

Any bozo can call himself a Republican. What does that prove?


4 posted on 04/17/2012 9:24:47 AM PDT by DManA
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To: kcvl
He also said that earning European Car of the Year honors was the first time an American designed, and built car has ever won the prestigious accolade.

Yeah, right. That's as meaningful as Obama's Nobel Peace Prize!!!

5 posted on 04/17/2012 9:27:51 AM PDT by varon (The patriots stand watch!)
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To: DManA
Any bozo can call himself a Republican.

And many do :-)

6 posted on 04/17/2012 9:28:59 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: kcvl

How many Volts does Lutz own?


7 posted on 04/17/2012 9:28:59 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: DManA
Any bozo can call himself a Republican.

Hell, even Myth Romney does...

8 posted on 04/17/2012 9:29:23 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: kcvl

If the car was not financed on the backs of children not yet born by a government motor company, I’d give it a fair hearing. For now Bob Lutz can get his thieving hand out of my pocket.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 9:30:17 AM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: kcvl

If the car was not financed on the backs of children not yet born by a government motor company, I’d give it a fair hearing. For now Bob Lutz can get his thieving hand out of my pocket.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 9:30:26 AM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: kcvl

11 posted on 04/17/2012 9:30:48 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: kcvl
Maybe GM needs to sell a Pontiac Saturn Cadillac version of the Volt.
12 posted on 04/17/2012 9:34:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kcvl
"..“the right wing talk show guys,”...."

Who knew BOR was a right-winger?

13 posted on 04/17/2012 9:36:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kcvl

My calculator’s running out of digits but I think that’s the 10,587,928th incident of someone beholden to government largesse attempting to stifle the free speech of others.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 9:36:54 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: kcvl

Bob, man, I hate to break it to you - you can stick a battery in cow manure, and it’s still cow manure.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 9:38:32 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: kcvl; All
Yet Bob Lutz, even though he might not work for General Motors anymore

excerpt:

"General Motors said Friday it has rehired auto veteran Bob Lutz as a consultant.

Lutz, a well-traveled "car guy," retired from GM last year, but GM says he has been offering advice "informally" since then.

No word of what he'll be paid.

Seems an odd move. GM's sales and earnings suggest it's doing pretty well. But hiring a consultant suggests things aren't going well and you need some help."

GM: C'mon back, Bob Lutz

16 posted on 04/17/2012 9:39:27 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: DManA
Any bozo can call himself a Republican.

And unfortunately, many bozos DO.

17 posted on 04/17/2012 9:40:41 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: kcvl

Rhymes with butts. The VOLT is CRAP.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 9:41:03 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: kcvl

He also said that earning European Car of the Year honors was the first time an American designed, and built car has ever won the prestigious accolade.

Right there is your problem Bob. This is AMERICA, not Europe.
I lived in England. Different circumstances for driving and transportation.
I America the Volt is an over priced piece of crap that has to be sold with the aid of taxpayer dollars........


19 posted on 04/17/2012 9:41:31 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: kcvl
They call the Republican party "The Stupid Party" because of stupid people like Lutz.

GM was the poster child for the Peter Principle, and Lutz is the second best example there.

Sadly stupid is forever, while ignorant may not be.

20 posted on 04/17/2012 9:42:35 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Paladin2
The Cadillac version of the Volt was in the pipeline as of last year. I think GM may have shelved it due to the problems with the Chevy model.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 9:47:15 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Impala64ssa; bajabaja; carriage_hill; AFreeBird; rightly_dividing; Charles Martel; Clay Moore; ...
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Freepmail "Lazlo in PA" to be added or removed.

22 posted on 04/17/2012 9:49:41 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Paladin2
Maybe GM needs to sell a...Cadillac version of the Volt.

Worked wonders for the Cadillac verson of the Chevy Cavelier, i.e. the Cimarron.

23 posted on 04/17/2012 9:49:41 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: kcvl

I’d like to slam bob lutz’s head in the door of a volt.

LLS


24 posted on 04/17/2012 9:50:52 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FU mitt romney!)
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To: kcvl

Is there any way Lutz can be forced to drive only a Chevy Dolt for at least a year and force him to park it in his garage?


25 posted on 04/17/2012 9:52:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: kcvl

I would like to take responsibility for this too!

Ever since 2009, I have been telling anyone who will listen I will not buy a GM or Chrysler of any kind. I won’t support the UAW-Obama Motor Company.


26 posted on 04/17/2012 9:56:39 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: kcvl

Soetoro’s WHORES reap what they sow. ROFL. Over my dead body will I spend my cash on a GM vehicle.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 10:00:13 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: kcvl
"He makes no bones about being a Republican. Yet Bob Lutz ..."

Is that anything like a Bill O'Reilly Republican?

28 posted on 04/17/2012 10:12:51 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kcvl
He also said that earning European Car of the Year honors was the first time an American designed, and built car has ever won the prestigious accolade.

Bob, don't piss down our backs and tell us it's raining. The Volt is just an overpriced variant of the Chevy Cruze, which was mostly designed and tested by Daewoo and Opel.

29 posted on 04/17/2012 10:21:14 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: kcvl
If you've got to have a 40K GM vehicle why not get one that works?
One you can be proud of? One with great resale potential?

Camaro.

30 posted on 04/17/2012 10:23:32 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: kcvl
Chevy Volt? Not in *this* lifetime.Or the *next*! Regardless of what Rush (or others) might say.Rush worships Apple products and I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole.I'm capable of deciding for myself.
31 posted on 04/17/2012 10:23:35 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: kcvl

“However, despite the aftermath of all this, namely a shutdown of Volt production to balance output with inventory, Lutz said that based on information from GM, March is expected to have been a record sales month.”

Well Bob, lemme tell ya the reality is this. If if weren’t for the recent GE order for corporate use the volt would be DOA. No life support, nothing.

Isn’t it funny. GE the biggest Corporate Wefare whore going is now ordering hundreds of Volts that my grandkids get to pay for because of those nice little 10k tax breaks for each car they purchase.

Mabe Imelt should cough up his “fair share” and cover the full cost. Given he’s one of those filthy rich people and GE hasn’t been paying their fair share of taxes lately.


32 posted on 04/17/2012 10:32:11 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Paladin2

You left out oldsmobile.


33 posted on 04/17/2012 10:33:05 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: kcvl

Yet Toyota dealers can’t keep a Prius C on their lots. Yeah, it’s those right-wing talk show hosts.


34 posted on 04/17/2012 10:33:59 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: kcvl; All
What Rush doesn't get is this was Maximum Bob's swan song, it is not the note he wanted to go out on so it is personal...

Again my "gnome" notes his "gnomes" tell him the Volt is the real deal engineering wise, but price point, weight, marketability and market acceptance? It has fallen on it's face.

However, electrification of the drive-train vs. Plug-in is a completely different subject. Their maybe some real good reasons for the Series Hybrid type Volt drive-train with regeneration, but IMHO a 435 lb battery is a big problem.

Watch for the Electric Ford Focus with the gear-less electric motor that I think is playing with the sine wave to get varying torque so a CVT is not needed. I repeat a Transmission is not needed. IMHO this is a huge breakthrough that no one sees...

Imagine 2 of these electric motors/knuckles, one front, one rear, with a small pony motor mid engine. Poor Mans 4WD Lotus Elise Anyone?

I can dream can't I?

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/11/ford-focus-electric-motor-extracted-split-asunder-coppery-guts/


35 posted on 04/17/2012 10:35:22 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: kcvl

Why does he care what a right wing talk show host says? He’s selling to the greenies, not to conservatives.


36 posted on 04/17/2012 10:35:22 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: kcvl

Who cares, it is an over-priced, under performing, early foray into alternamotive technology. Until better power storage (weight, capacity, refresh rate), or power generation (fuel cell, fusion, efficient solar, steam, gunpowder, dual cylinder power stroke ICE, etc)are realized, these hybrids, electric scooters, smart (read dumb) cars are interim.

Call a spade a spade and let the market decide. Get the government out of the market and let the market grow.


37 posted on 04/17/2012 10:38:50 AM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes.)
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To: taildragger

I’d like to know what kind of CVT can transmit enough torque efficiently to move a production car heavy enough to pass the safety tests.

The ones I am familiar with use belts on cones or are hydrodynamic.

I’ve seen some new concepts but I wonder what type will be the first one commonly used in everyday cars?


38 posted on 04/17/2012 11:10:52 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MikeSteelBe

I just answered my own question, Nissan has them now.

Will that be the type every auto maker uses when the patents expire?


39 posted on 04/17/2012 11:21:54 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MikeSteelBe
I just answered my own question, Nissan has them now.

Yes, it's the only trans available in the current Maxima. A bad fit in a "sport sedan", IMO. I've driven rental Altimas with CVTs, didn't like it at all. The fact that Nissan has "gears" in the form of programmed upshift/downshift overrides of the CVT's normal operation tells me that they *know* that people generally dislike it.

40 posted on 04/17/2012 11:43:32 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: kcvl

The Volt is a Chevy, a GM product. GM took the bailout. If the Volt was the best thing since sliced bread I wouldn’t have one.

My last couple of cars were Jeeps, a Chrysler product. Chrysler took the bailout. No more Jeeps.

That leaves Ford. I have one of their products now and am satisfied. If they build an acceptable electric, maybe I’ll consider one. But they probably won’t for a long time. Nobody will with current battery tech.


41 posted on 04/17/2012 12:56:09 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Charles Martel

I’m curious enough to take a test drive in one sometime.

If the CVT diminishes the perceived “seat of the pants” throttle response, then I can see them being rejected, especially in any car with “sport” performance orientation.


42 posted on 04/17/2012 1:55:25 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: tbpiper
Worked wonders for the Cadillac verson of the Chevy Cavelier, i.e. the Cimarron.

Let's not beat up on the Cavalier. Mine went 140,000 miles before it croaked. It also absorbed a rear end impact that totaled the other guys car and my Cavalier was still driveable. ;)

43 posted on 04/17/2012 1:58:41 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

If you follow a Camaro long enough, you’ll end up in a trailer park surrounded by people wearing mullets and smoking Virginia Slims.


44 posted on 04/17/2012 2:06:12 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: MikeSteelBe
If the CVT diminishes the perceived “seat of the pants” throttle response, then I can see them being rejected, especially in any car with “sport” performance orientation.

I remember reading about CVTs in Popular Mechanics magazine many years before one ever saw the light of day in a production automobile. It all sounded great on paper, but they never mentioned the disconcerting "slipping clutch" sensation as the engine revs and the vehicle speed gathers more slowly.

If the things offer maintenance advantages and are more rugged, then I suppose they have a place in utilitarian vehicles.

45 posted on 04/17/2012 2:16:03 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Gay State Conservative; Liberty Valance

Ulp......That reply was meant for Liberty Valance’s post #30....


46 posted on 04/17/2012 2:22:40 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Money cannot buy happiness, but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.)
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To: MizSterious

So, for how long does Bob Lutz plug in his Russian Jet to get a full charge to go for a spinner-rooni?


47 posted on 04/17/2012 10:06:51 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Sarajevo

Had one myself and loved it....as a Cavelier. As a Cadillac, I would have felt it was a Cavelier with too much make-up on.


48 posted on 04/18/2012 3:24:25 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Sarajevo
Thanks.
49 posted on 04/18/2012 11:07:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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