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  • 2015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same

    07/23/2014 11:00:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 18th 2014 6:30PM | By John Beltz Snyder
    The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell a different story. The 2015 Volt's battery storage is slightly higher than the outgoing model's, up from 16.5 kilowatt-hours to 17.1 kWh. According to GM's manager of electrification technology communications, Kevin Kelly, speaking to Green Car Reports, the increased capacity is "a late change done in the cell... just another continuous improvement to surprise...
  • Opel dropping Ampera, the European Chevy Volt, because of weak sales

    07/23/2014 9:44:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Jul 21st 2014 2:15PM | By Sebastian Blanco
    Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be killed off in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe. The car was a relative hit back in 2012, when it was named the European Car Of The Year and sales topped 5,200 units. Compared to 2012 numbers, which were good, Ampera sales dropped 40 percent to...
  • '57 Chevrolet + Harley-Davidson = ???

    12/03/2013 5:47:40 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Chevy-Davidson...? Check out the details, like hood ornament worked into the front fender, exhaust routed out '57 Chevy rear bumper outlet, chrome bullet in front of engine, headlight bezel '57...
  • Are Truck Buyers Avoiding GM Because of Bailout?

    10/07/2013 9:07:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 112 replies
    NLPC ^ | October 7, 2013 | Mark Modica
    Chevy Silverado: "Strong" Commercial | Chevrolet 1:03 minute One of the most disappointing aspects of last week's sales results from General Motors was the underperformance of the much-hyped new truck offerings from the company. While the industry-leading Ford F-Series saw sales increase about 10 percent to around 60,500 vehicles for the month, GM's combined sales for its competing Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra fell approximately 8 percent to about 46,000 units. GM's Obama-appointed management's performance in trying to explain the declining sales was as lame as the sales results. Amongst the excuses for disappointing truck sales, GM did not include...
  • Vintage Chevy auction to deal in low-mileage gems

    08/21/2013 8:21:35 PM PDT · by Doogle · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/21/13 | AP via FOX
    Seventeen years have passed since Ray Lambrecht closed his Chevrolet dealership, a small-town operation in northeast Nebraska with a big and valuable secret. For decades, the owner of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. in Pierce held on to new cars and trucks that didn't sell right away. He stashed them in warehouses, at his farm and in other spots around the town he worked in for 50 years. Now, his automotive nest egg — about 500 vintage cars and trucks — will go on the auction block. Next month, visitors from at least a dozen countries and throughout the U.S. will...
  • Ankeny Iowa Chevy Convertible Collection, Dennis Albaugh

    03/27/2013 2:02:27 PM PDT · by Doogle · 13 replies
    YT ^ | 07/10/11 | 69spoiler
    The collection is located in Ankeny Iowa but is not open to the public. It contains not only every convetible but numerous other very rare and important Chevrolets including Yenkos, Copos, and even a Holden! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_cyRxsztM4
  • GM to invest 450m in Argentina to manufacture a global Chevy vehicle

    10/26/2012 11:30:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    MercoPress ^ | 10/26/12 | Staff
    General Motors (GM) will invest 450m dollars to manufacture a new global Chevy vehicle at its Rosario Automotive Complex in Argentina. The investment will be made between 2013 and 2015 at the Rosario facility, which produced more than 136,000 vehicles in 2011. The announcement was made following a meeting at Government House of GM CEO Dan Akerson with President Cristina Fernandez. Under the code name Project Phoenix, GM will manufacture a global platform car exclusive for Mercosur and the region.
  • Plant that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries furloughs workers

    10/08/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 08, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States,” but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/08/lg-plant-that-got-150m-to-make-volt-batteries-in-michigan-puts-workers-on/#ixzz28l2MseL9
  • WaPo admits: GM’s vaunted Volt is on the road to nowhere fast

    09/13/2012 5:04:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/12/2012 | The Editors
    <p>AS A CANDIDATE for president in 2008, Barack Obama set a goal of getting 1 million all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. In February 2011, the Obama administration’s Energy Department issued an analysis purporting to show that, with the help of subsidies and tax credits, “the goal is achievable.” This was a paltry claim in the first place, since 1 million cars amount to less than 1 percent of the total U.S. fleet. Yet it is increasingly clear that, despite the commitment of many millions of taxpayer dollars, the United States will not hit Mr. Obama’s target by 2015. A recent CBS News analysis suggested that we’ll be lucky to get a third of the way there.</p>
  • GM losing as much as $49,000 per Volt sold

    09/10/2012 7:18:40 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 98 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 10, 2012
    <p>General Motors sold a record number of Chevrolet Volt sedans in August — but that probably isn't a good thing for the automaker's bottom line.</p> <p>Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts.</p>
  • GM Recalls 413,418 Chevy Cruzes Because They Might Burst Into Flames

    06/22/2012 4:37:59 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 44 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | June 22, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    Chevrolet is on fire this year, literally. After a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into Chevy Volt battery fires, the bowtie is in the hot seat again, this time for its so far much lauded 2011 and 2012 Cruze models. There's a problem with the engine cover where if oil leaks onto the hot exhaust pipe, the plastic cover catches fire. Chevrolet, eager to hang on to its recent J.D. Power & Associates award for build quality, issued a recall for 413,418 cars, encouraging Cruze owners to avoid fiery death and have the problem fixed for free at any...
  • $36 A MONTH new car lease from GM??

    06/07/2012 1:32:28 PM PDT · by Mr. K · 17 replies
    Some TVStation ^ | 6/7/12 | Mr. K
    OK am I losing my mind or did I just see a TV commercial for a NEW car lease for $36 dollars A MONTH for a new Chevy? They can not possibly be making any money on a $36 a month lease... Is Obama trying to undercut the other dealers and drive them out of business?
  • Gushing reviews of the Chevy Volt

    04/15/2012 9:04:00 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 85 replies
    cars.com ^ | 4/7/12
    "My husband (JDHCalif) wrote a lengthy review and I wanted to add my 2 cents. We are actually now getting nearly 130mpg per day because his company installed an electrical outlet in his office parking area. The car costs about $2 to fully charge at PG&E rates and each full charge takes the car about 45 miles. Even though we drive 130 mile+ daily commutes we are burning almost no gas...not insignificant in CA where gas is now $4.63 per gallon. The Volt is proving to be more than twice as economical as our Prius...and it drives so much better...
  • Savings come slowly for hybrid, electric car owners

    04/05/2012 5:57:20 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 14 replies
    Nashville Business Journal ^ | 3/5/12 | Nevin Batiwalla
    If you're thinking about buying a fuel-efficient hybrid, electric or otherwise eco-friendly vehicle as a way to save money over time, do your homework — or be prepared to wait. Buyers who choose Nissan's all-electric Leaf ($28,421) over its approximate gas-powered equivalent, Nissan's Versa ($18,640), will likely wait nearly 9 years until they break even, according to a new report by The New York Times that examines the cost of fuel efficiency. For drivers of the Chevrolet Volt ($31,767), the wait is even longer— 26.6 years.
  • Chevy Volt dubbed Euro car of the year

    03/06/2012 6:43:46 AM PST · by twister881 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/05/12 | Keith Laing
    Days after General Motors announced it was temporarily suspending production of the Chevy Volt, the electric car was named European Car of the Year. The Geneva Auto Show announced Monday that the Volt, which is sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera, was named its 2012 Car of the Year ahead of its annual car show that opens this week.
  • What’s ailing the Chevy Volt? (They asked so fire away!)

    03/04/2012 5:24:47 PM PST · by tobyhill · 125 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 3/4/2012 | Brad Plumer
    On Friday, GM announced it was halting production of the Chevrolet Volt until April, so as to maintain “proper inventory levels.” Sales of the electric vehicle have been disappointing, with the company missing its target of 10,000 Volts sold last year. Why hasn’t the car caught on? GM executives have said the recent frenzy over a Volt battery fire in crash tests has hurt sales. On the merits, the fires weren’t a huge concern — the Volts only caught fire days or weeks after extreme lab testing, and according to a government investigation they’re no more likely to catch fire...
  • GM to suspend production of Chevy Volt (Temporarily lays off 1,300 workers)

    03/03/2012 10:17:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/03/0212 | Brent Snavely
    DETROIT — General Motors Co. has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck plant that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera. “Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee. Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23. The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s...
  • GM temporarily halts production of Volt

    03/03/2012 8:15:02 AM PST · by null and void · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/02/12 03:39 PM ET | Keith Laing
    General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its Volt electric car, the company announced Friday.  GM, which is based in Detroit, announced to employees at one of its facilities that it was halting production of the beleaguered electric car for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees. A GM spokesman told The Hill on Friday that production of the Volt would resume April 23. "We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand," GM spokesman Chris Lee said in a telephone interview. Lee noted that sales of the Volt were higher in...
  • Heartache: GM Halts Production of Chevy Volt, Lays Off 1,300 Workers…

    03/02/2012 1:04:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 3/2/12 | zip
    And in the same week Obama vows buy one, Christmas comes early this year. (DFP) — General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
  • Chevy Volt - Building A Better Tomorrow

    02/24/2012 10:10:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/7/12 | ObamaVolt2012
    He's spent $38 in gas - in two months! See how, and see what Bob thinks of his new Volt, his fire insurance, and what it's like to stay home most of the time! For more information, go to http://www.obamavolt2012.com/. Chevy Volt. The important thing is that we tried!
  • GE “Forcing” Employees Into Chevy Volts

    02/22/2012 11:04:13 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 67 replies
    gas2.org ^ | 2/20/12 | Christopher Demorro
    General Motors and General Electric are two companies that have been in the political crosshairs lately. GM stands accused of “crony capitalism,” while GE is under fire for paying no Federal income taxes in 2010. The two companies share more than that though, with GE placing an order for 12,000 Chevy Volts and other hybrid vehicles. A memo leaked to Green Car Reports lays out GE’s plans for their new fleet of Volts, and as expected, it has some people crying foul. The memo, sent to employees of GE Healthcare Americas team explains that all sedan, crossover, and minivan purchases...
  • One Gallon – the Achilles’ Heel of Electric Cars

    02/19/2012 12:09:07 PM PST · by Brookhaven · 91 replies
    Red State ^ | 2-19-12 | Brookhaven
    The Chevy Volt's batteries hold the same amount of energy as one gallon of gasoline—one single gallon. Would you buy a car that held only one gallon of gasoline? Neither would I. Yet, we've invested billions of dollars developing and promoting a car with a “gas tank” (the batteries) that only holds one gallon's worth of energy. I've heard that new super batteries are just around the corner. All we have to do is invest enough money and they'll appear. Just like computers (in the 1950's they were the size of rooms, today they can be held in the...
  • Delays Keep Chevy Caprice PPV From Patrolling Streets

    02/16/2012 7:14:43 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Chevy Hardcore ^ | 2/15/12 | Chris Demorro
    With the Ford Crown Victoria retired after over 30 years of dutiful service, the market for police vehicles is wide open. GM was hoping to capitalize with an Australian-built rear-wheel drive sedan called the Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, which is in high demand but short supply around the country. Some police departments are up in arms, waiting over a year for delivery of their Caprice PPV’s reports the duPont registry. The problem stems from shipping and dealership delays, and police departments aren’t happy. Of the five Florida police departments that ordered Caprice PPV’s for testing, only two, Tampa and...
  • Chevy Volt joins state electric vehicle rebate program

    02/07/2012 4:39:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    TriCities.com ^ | February 7, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Chevrolet Volt purchasers are now eligible for the state’s $2,500 electric vehicle (EV) rebate. The rebate requires that consumers qualify for and participate in The EV Project, a national study on EV use and charging infrastructure deployment. The EV Project will provide participants with a free Blink® 240V networked charge station and a credit of up to $1,200 towards its installation. To be eligible, Tennessee residents must sign an EV Project participant agreement, purchase the Volt, take delivery of the car, and have SPX Corporation install...
  • The Inner Quest of Newt Gingrich (1995: Marianne Promised To "Undermine Everything" For Newt)

    01/18/2012 5:23:38 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 159 replies
    PBS.org ^ | September, 1995 | Gail Sheehy
    ........But his greatest presidential stumbling block may be right under his nose. At home, Newt's second wife, Marianne Ginther Gingrich, tells me she doesn't see herself in the First Lady's job. "Watching Hillary has just been a horrible experience," commiserates Marianne. "Hillary sticking her neck out is not working." What happens if Newt runs?, I ask. "He can't do it without me," she replies. "I told him if I'm not in agreement, fine, it's easy" --she giggles at her naughtiness. "I just go on the air the next day, and I undermine everything...I don't want him to be president and...
  • Uncle Sam joins car business with $250,000 Chevy Volt

    01/08/2012 8:10:34 PM PST · by Doors · 9 replies
    The Chevy Volt, much like former East Germany’s Trabant, is a centralized government planner’s idea of what an automobile should be. The Trabant, incidentally, was dubbed one of the worst cars produced -- ever. But what government bureaucrats believe is “good” for us generally has little to do with what consumers are looking for. The two concepts are as different as Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.
  • Chevy Volt among Worst Product Flops of 2011

    01/08/2012 1:54:41 PM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Pitched to the American voter as the vanguard of a “greener” future, the heavily subsidized Chevy Volt was dubbed one of the worst product flops of 2011 by Yahoo Finance’s 24/7 Wall Street site. The low sales volume—-an estimated 8,000 vehicles for 2011 (all of which are currently under recall notices to correct defects)–-has made the effective unit cost for each car amount to around $250,000. Representative Hansen Clarke (D-Mich) insists that “despite the reluctance of the American driver to buy these cars we must not falter in our efforts to make them understand the necessity for government’s role in...
  • Chevy to Recall Over 4,000 Cars to Check for Missing Brakes (Too much happy smoke during breaks)

    12/30/2011 11:33:03 AM PST · by SgtHooper · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 30, 2011 | AP
    GM is recalling more than 4,000 of its 2012 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact cars to check for missing brake pads. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/12/30/chevy-to-recall-over-4000-cars-to-check-for-missing-brakes/#ixzz1i30LCG96
  • GM Inflates Chevy Volt Stats With Fleet Sales [Video]

    12/22/2011 1:35:31 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/19/11 | Fox News
    December 19, 2011- Mark Modica, an Associate Fellow of the National Legal and Policy Center, discusses GM's apparent goosing of Chevy Volt sales figures. Mark is interviewed by Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel.
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up To $250K Per Vehicle

    12/22/2011 12:40:06 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/21/11 | Tom Gantert
    Analyst: 'This might be the most government-supported car since the Trabant' (Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a reaction from a General Motor's official.) Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle

    12/21/2011 1:02:05 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently...
  • GM’s Chevy Volt goes flat in business and politics

    12/18/2011 9:45:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/19/11 | Neil Munro
    General Motors predicted it would sell 10,000 Chevrolet Volt automobiles by the end of the year, but it is only on track to sell roughly 6,000 of these plug-in hybrids before 2012. “We’ll probably hit that [6,000 target] early in 2012 … [but] we’re not going to get into specifics,” said Chevy spokesman Rob Peterson. President Barack Obama’s support for the Volt may have been a vote-winning strategy in states where the auto industry is a large employer. The president, however, has the backing of only 41 percent of likely voters in Michigan, according to a November poll sponsored by...
  • The Failed Chevy Volt That Just Won't Go Away

    11/30/2011 6:47:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 11/30/2011 | Kenneth Green
    There are some ideas that, no matter how often they rise and how spectacularly they fail, just won't go away. Perpetual motion machines, for example. Passive exercise machines. Diets that work. These technologies sound great in theory, but don't seem to pan out in practice. Add to the list, electric (or largely electric) cars. People who have looked into the history of automobiles have noted that while electric cars have never managed to rival internal combustion cars for their performance, comfort, reliability, or customer-attractiveness, they persist in inspiring a small segment of the public. And would-be social engineers have always...
  • 2nd electric car battery fire involving Chevy Volt

    11/27/2011 9:35:22 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    Federal officials say they are investigating the safety of lithium-ion battery in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt after a second battery fire following crash-testing of the electric car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that three Volt battery packs were crash-tested last week. In one instance, the battery caught fire afterward, and in another the battery emitted smoke and sparks.
  • Automobile question.

    11/13/2011 5:23:05 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 84 replies · 1+ views
    11-13-11 | Me
    Since FR has alot of smart and knowledgable people, I thought I pose this question in hopes of getting a few answers. I have a 1996 Chevy S10 4X4 (automatic tran) with the Vortec 4.3L engine. Yesterday I went away on an all day trip that's 1.5hrs each way and the only thing I noticed a couple while cruising the highway was it felt like the truck jerked a couple times but I wasn't really sure. Well, I got home last night, parked my truck, and went inside for the night. Well, woke up this morning to go grab a...
  • GM Considering Chinese Volt Assembly

    09/28/2011 11:46:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com ^ | September 27, 2011 | By Edward Niedermeyer
    The Detroit News‘s David Shepardson has a way of being on hand with a microphone whenever GM CEO Dan Akerson lets loose with a memorable line, and today he has Akerson telling a Bloomberg News Forum that the green star of the American auto turnaround, the Chevy Volt, could be built in China within a few years. Said Akerson We’re going to export into China for probably a year or two and see if it gets a take … if customers set the right usage patterns. If it does, we may manufacture it there. As Bertel has noted, GM is...
  • General Motors hires former Vice Chairman Bob Lutz to advise its senior leaders

    09/06/2011 6:32:17 AM PDT · by Abathar · 18 replies
    AP/Washington Post ^ | September 2 2011 | uncredited
    General Motors Co. has hired the ultimate car guy out of retirement to advise its senior leadership. Bob Lutz, 79, a former GM vice chairman for product development, left the company last year, but never really ended his 47-year career in the auto business. Lutz had been informally advising GM on its new products for the past 16 months from his home near Ann Arbor, Mich. The move by GM CEO Dan Akerson should help the company because its top-selling new products were conceived and designed under Lutz’s leadership. The new models like the Chevrolet Cruze compact and the GMC...
  • Obama Labor Boss Buys Canadian-Built Car

    08/31/2011 5:27:45 PM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    USNews.com ^ | August 31, 2011 | PAUL BEDARD
    To show her support for American workers, President Obama's labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada. Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the "bullet." She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase...
  • Cars.com needs $14,187 to repair its wrecked Chevy Volt

    07/14/2011 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    AutoblogGreen ^ | Jul 13th, 2011 at 8:01PM | by Eric Loveday
    Back in May, Cars.com's long-term Chevrolet Volt was involved in a collision that left the plug-in hybrid crippled. The initial repair estimate? A wallet-sapping $10,500. Of course, these sorts of initial estimates rarely turn out to be accurate and this damaged Volt was no exception. In the end, the plug-in four-door cost $14,187 to get back to its former glory. The difficulty in repairing this Volt, it seems, lay in the vehicle's additional cooling systems and complex engine control module. According to Ryan Tamblyn, the man in charge of repairing the long-term Volt, the damaged plug-in had no fewer than...
  • GM in big trouble?

    06/18/2011 8:22:54 AM PDT · by SteveH · 59 replies
    SteveH | 6/18/2011 | SteveH
    Are GM sales in the tank?? Is GM in big trouble?? I walked by a GM dealership today. A few months ago I had been checking out a Chevy Volt, and the dealership seemed a bit odd, but basically OK in appearance. Now the dealership site is a mess. Evidently the lot went from being a new Chevy-GM dealership to a generic warranty pre-owned car lot. There still is one Chevy Volt there. There are many pre-owned GM cars there along with the usual sprinkling of non GM used cars that one would normally expect. What caught my eye is...
  • Chevy Volt: Central Planning in Action ...at a loss of $45,550 per unit to taxpayers

    05/29/2011 12:19:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 28 May 2011
    the Chevy Volt ...was $43,000. The dealership also gets a tax credits of $7,500 per Volt... Will GM earn a profit on Volt sales ? ... The Volt costs $81,000 to build per unit and has sold 493 units in April for a loss of $38,000 per unit, paid for by taxpayers ... I would love it if the private sector developed a workable, cost effective electric car (even though we plug the car into a grid with power generated by coal burning plants). But the Volt seems like something directly out of the old Soviet Union where Stalin would...
  • New LAPD Patrol Car To Sport Infrared Night Vision, License Plate Scanner

    05/26/2011 2:45:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 26, 2011 1:03 PM
    Billed as the “sum total of all the law enforcement community has learned about patrol cars to date”, the PPV boasts a 6.0L V-8 engine with 355 horsepower, 18-inch steel wheels, and a host of gadgets that puts any Hollywood squad car to shame. The Caprice, which replaces the long-used Ford Crown Victoria, is equipped with an infrared night vision camera, automated license plate scanner, and a touch-screen center console that replaces the older computers traditionally used by officers. In addition to horsepower and firepower, the cruiser is also outfitted with the latest in information technology, with ethernet, Wi-Fi and...
  • World's Only 'Brand-New', 100% Original 1950 Chevrolet Coupe!

    05/23/2011 9:55:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 43 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 23, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Legend has it that a Modesto, California couple purchased the car in 1950, only for the wife to be widowed shortly thereafter when her husband died trying to save a drowning woman. The distraught lady placed the sleek Chevy in storage for 12 years, but later traded it for a new 1962 Rambler ($1650) from a nearby dealer: he recently sold the same car for $60,000. And surely worth it, the car dealer decided from the start to preserve it, so he barely took it out of the garage for 45 years... thus the all-original mint condition and an...
  • Steering Wheel Falls Off - 2011 Chevy Cruze Video

    04/11/2011 2:59:21 PM PDT · by Freepmanchew · 43 replies
    Check out this video of a guys car. The description below the YouTube video says caption says he lives in Saint Paul Minn. While driving this new 2011 Chevy Cruze 65 mph on Highway 10, the steering wheel fell off. The car swerved to a stop just before hitting the guardrail.
  • Tea Party group sponsors NASCAR ‘We the People’ truck through 2012

    03/29/2011 8:53:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/11 | Steven Nelson -- The Daily Caller
    Tea Party supporters can now root for their cause on the racetrack. TheTeaParty.net has announced that a NASCAR vehicle will be sponsored by the organization. Chris Lafferty’s #89 truck will be known as “We the People’s” through the 2012 election. Bill Wallace, the coach and general manager of Lafferty Motorsports LLC, wrote in a letter posted on TeaPartyRacing.com that the sponsorship will be funded with donations. Part of the donations made to TeaPartyRacing will go to Lafferty’s team, part to TheTeaParty.net. TeaPartyRacing.com, an affiliate of TheTeaParty.net, states that, “as a dynamic and patriotic race team, TeaPartyRacing.com, attracts fans from all...
  • GM Earnings Disappoint

    02/28/2011 10:13:51 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 28, 2011 | Mark Modica
    General Motors reported less than stellar fourth quarter earnings last week, and announced that bonuses paid to its UAW workers will average $4,300. The earnings report disappointed Wall Street as GM shares fell about 4% on the news. Some media sources attributed the drop in GM's share price to rising oil prices. Considering that oil prices went down on the day that GM shares fell, this explanation does not hold water. Rather, there are some specific issues relating to the earnings announcement that are causing concern on Wall Street. Specific items of concern on GM's fourth quarter earnings breakdown...
  • Could the Chevy Volt Really Help Reduce Global Warming? (More treehugging lunacy)

    01/13/2011 11:07:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 13, 2011 | Cristine Russell
    Accolades keep pouring in for the Chevy Volt, the electric car darling of the 2011 Detroit auto show, including the show's North American Car of the Year award this week from a jury of swooning auto journalists. In his corny acceptance speech, General Motors vice-chairman Tom Stephens' thanked "all of the jurors who Volted, or voted, for the Chevrolet Volt," a plug-in electric hybrid with gas backup. Its all-electric rival, the Nissan Leaf, was a runner-up. But public acceptance, pricier sticker numbers, charging challenges, and a willingness to break old driving habits (goodbye to pedal to the metal) will determine...
  • What it really costs to fill up a plug-in car ( barf )

    12/03/2010 4:02:45 PM PST · by george76 · 77 replies · 1+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | December 2, 2010 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    Even if they aren't always terribly accurate, EPA fuel economy estimates have at least made it easy to compare the gas mileage of one car to another. But now that plug-in cars are entering the market, things are about to get much more complicated. How do you compare the fuel efficiency of a car that runs on gasoline to one that plugs into an outlet? ... Q: So what's the fuel economy for the Chevrolet Volt? The question is, which fuel economy are you talking about? The Volt gets 93 MPGe when running on plug-in electric power. The EPA estimates...
  • Just saw the new Chevy commercial with the Volt (Vanity)

    11/22/2010 7:53:02 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 65 replies · 2+ views
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    It blows.Cleaner Energy | Chevrolet | Talk 60
  • Chevy Volt-another government boondoggle via their surrogate G[overnment] M[otors]

    10/24/2010 11:19:58 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 26 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 10-22-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    Turn the tables when bumping into the Green Peace activist when shopping at Whole Foods. MPH for Chevy Volt WAY OFF! Plus... battery acid burns will become common... plus, plus: batteries BAD for environment and strip mining used in OTHER countries bad for enviro as well.