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  • How the Chevy Volt Is Like ObamaCare

    03/10/2012 9:21:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 10, 2012 | Merrill Matthews
    March is an important month in the ongoing saga of President Obama’s abject policy failures. First, Chevrolet announced that it would temporarily cease production of the president’s much-touted car for the green economy, the Chevy Volt. Second, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the state-led challenge to the president’s health care legislation. And while “ObamaCar” and ObamaCare may seem like unrelated topics, in this case they have at least three elements in common. Both were sold as a key to creating jobs and economic growth. Only last year the president predicted that there would be 1 million electric cars on...
  • Maybe It Should Be Called the Chevrolet 'Vote' (Good piece)

    03/09/2012 11:40:22 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | March 8, 2012 | Patrick Michaels
    The Chevrolet Volt is everything that is wrong with Washington on four wheels, and investors (that’s you and me) should be furious. Wrong #1 : The Volt should be re-named the Vote. Who can forget that Super Bowl ad, with the pseudo-assembly line of Volts rolling through Hamtramck, Michigan, and the voice overlay that “this isn’t the car we wanted to build; it’s the car America had to build…from the heart of Detroit to the help [sic] of the country.” How true—corporate welfare on wheels, buying votes in a state vital to the President’s re-election. There is simply no...
  • GM's Latest 'Crapload' of Chevy Volt Nonsense

    03/09/2012 8:49:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 9, 2012 | Mark Modica
    These guys at Government Motors just continue to outdo themselves. Just as Chevy Volt owners are getting over being called idiots by the head of Audi, GM comes up with an ad that lends credence to the accusation. A supposed Volt owner tells how she loves her car because her friends think it looks like a spaceship and it saves a "crapload" of money. I laid off the original story of the Audi head saying Volts were for idiots. The .001 percenters who bought Volts have a right to spend their money as they see fit and I gave...
  • ReVolt: Obama wants you to pay even more for cars nobody wants (To increase tax credit to $10K)

    03/08/2012 1:51:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Tina Korbe
    In a speech before the Daimler Trucks North America manufacturing plant in Charlotte, N.C. today, the president delivered his answer to rising gas prices: He wants to increase the $7,500 tax credit for alternative-energy vehicles to $10,000, earmark $1 billion to reward cities that provide infrastructure for such vehicles, earmark an additional $650 million for a research program to increase the range and decrease the price of the vehicles, and repeal $4 billion of tax incentives for oil and gas companies.Why? Here is a telltale paragraph from The New York Times: The creditÂ’s enhanced value would bring the purchase price...
  • Romney Wants Reexamination of GM Bankruptcy Process

    03/07/2012 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 7, 2012 | Mark Modica
    The Detroit News reports that Mitt Romney wants a reexamination of the General Motors' bankruptcy proceedings. Mr. Romney is quoted as stating, "I think it's important for us to go back and look at what happened and take apart this bankruptcy process. See to what extent the finger of politics was placed on the scales of justice and see if we can't be more fair to the people involved in this process." I agree with the sentiment, but I do have to ask, where were the Republicans on this issue over two years ago? Three years ago I served...
  • Electric cars and liberals’ refusal to accept science

    03/07/2012 8:26:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2012 | Charles Lane
    President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt. He even promised to buy one when his time in office ends “five years from now.” Whoops! Just three days later, GM announced that it would suspend Volt production for five weeks this spring, idling 1,300 workers at a Hamtramck, Mich., factory. Alas, Obama’s endorsements notwithstanding, there’s not much of a market for this little bitty car, at least not at the price of almost $32,000 — after a $7,500 federal tax rebate....
  • Electric cars and the liberal war with science (GM suspends Chevy Volt Production)

    03/06/2012 6:13:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | Charles Lane
    President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt. He even promised to buy one when his time in office ends “five years from now.” Whoops! Just three days later, GM announced that it would suspend Volt production for five weeks this spring, idling 1,300 workers at a Hamtramck, Mich., factory. Alas, Obama’s endorsements notwithstanding, there’s not much of a market for this little bitty car, at least not at the price of almost $32,000 — after a $7,500 federal tax rebate....
  • Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle (old, but little known!)

    03/05/2012 4:55:40 PM PST · by Ron C. · 8 replies ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    (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.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...
  • The Volt Sleeps With the Fishes

    03/05/2012 4:37:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 03/05/2012 | By ERIC PETERS
    GM has just announced it will be idling the plant (and the 1,300 workers at that plant) where the "game changing" Chevy Volt electric car is -- uh, was -- built. GM says it's only temporary -- until they figure out how to "align production with demand." It could be a long wait for those workers. GM projected production of 45,000 Volts this year. That may have been just a little bright-sided. Last year, 7,621 of them found buyers (about 2,400 fewer than the 10,000 GM had hoped for). This past month, just over 1,000 of the $40,000 sort-of electric...
  • GM Chevy Volt Halt Confirms Green Energy Policy Failure

    03/05/2012 8:41:18 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 5, 2012 | Mark Modica
    I hate to beat a dead Edsel, but the Chevy Volt story is just too important to let slip away. After last week's announcement by General Motors that it would be temporarily halting production of the Chevy Volt due to low demand, you would think that the evidence would finally be conclusive that the over-hyped, over-subsidized vehicle is a flop. The response by GM and lack of same from the Obama-loving media is worthy of continued criticism from those of us who have recognized that taxpayers have been bilked out of billions of dollars to produce a car that...
  • Obama: Fuel-Efficient Cars an Answer to Gas Prices (Yea, just run out and buy a $42,000 Volt)

    03/03/2012 11:15:03 AM PST · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    abc ^ | 3/3/2012 | JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press
    President Barack Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy. In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. "That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over...
  • Volt Production ‘Temporarily Halted,’ Hundreds of Workers Laid Off

    03/03/2012 10:32:59 AM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02-02-12 | Becket Adams
    General Motors told 1,300 employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory that they were being “temporarily laid off” for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt, the Detroit Free Press reports. “Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee. “We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand,” he told The Hill in a phone interview.
  • Chevy Volt, Perfect Car for the One Percent, Suspends Production

    03/02/2012 8:35:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | March 3, 2012 | John Ransom
    General Motors reached another Obama milestone when they announced late on a Friday afternoon that they were suspending production of the Obama-inspired Chevy Volt for five weeks due to lack of demand. Presumably the Volt was an attempt by GM to help Obama with his pledge to put 1 million electric cars on the road in return for the tens of billions of dollars in forgivable “loans” that the company got from the Obama administration from the TARP bailout. The hybrid gas-electric vehicle gets 25 miles on a full, overnight charge and costs around $40,000. To date, GM has sold...
  • Millions Spent on Ads Does Little for Chevy Volt Sales

    03/02/2012 8:40:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 2, 2012 | Mark Modica
    It looks like there is plenty of inventory of Chevy Volts available for those aliens that seemed to be so impressed with the car on Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately for General Motors, earthlings do not seem as enamored with President Obama's favorite vehicle. Despite GM spending millions of dollars during the month to advertise the taxpayer subsidized Volt, only 1,023 sold in February. The pitiful sales number is not stopping the ridiculous headlines on the web by proponents of the Volt. One reads, "Chevy Volt Sales Sizzle" as others brag about the car outselling the even more dismally selling...
  • Obama: I’ll Buy A Chevy Volt After My Presidency Ends

    03/01/2012 2:48:04 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies · 6+ views
    Obama: I’ll Buy A Chevy Volt After My Presidency Ends March 1, 2012 5:32 PM Ever since Barack Obama became president in 2008, he hasn’t been given much chance to drive a car, let alone own one. But when his presidency ends, Mr. Obama knows exactly what car he wants to buy as his post-presidential ride — a plug-in Chevrolet Volt. “Five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself,” Obama promised 1,600 auto workers at a United Auto Workers union event in Detroit on Tuesday. “Yes, that’s right,” he reiterated, accompanied by...
  • Chevy Volt Gas Savings: Myths and Reality

    02/29/2012 10:50:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 28, 2012 | Mark Modica
    There has been much written and said about the operating costs of the Chevy Volt. Proponents and critics have both been a bit deceptive on claims about just how much the Volt can save or cost you by mostly running on an electric charge before switching to gas. gives a fairly accurate picture of the true fuel savings in a recent analysis. First, it is important to recognize that true operating cost consists of depreciation, insurance and maintenance as well as energy consumption. The high cost of the Volt puts it at an immediate disadvantage to conventionally powered...
  • VIDEO: Modica Criticizes Tax Credits to GM Dealers Selling Chevy Volts to Gov't

    02/23/2012 10:48:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 23, 2012 | NLPC Staff
    Mark Modica interviewed by Gerri Willis of the Willis Report on Fox Business Channel. Video, 4 minutes
  • EXCLUSIVE: GM Dealers Get Chevy Volt Tax Credit for Sales to Gov't (Outrageous)

    02/22/2012 9:56:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Modica
    I discovered an interesting fact while reviewing the 2011 IRS form 8936 used for the $7500 EV tax credit. While under most circumstances it is the wealthy purchasers of Chevy Volts and other high priced plug-in vehicles that get the taxpayer-funded handout, it appears that General Motors' dealerships that sell the vehicles to government entities are benefiting by being able to claim the credits. These dealers are able to double-dip into the seemingly endless pool of taxpayer funds designated for cronies of the Obama Administration under the guise of green initiatives. Not only do taxpayers pay for Chevy Volts...
  • GE Steps Up Support for GM Chevy Volt Folly (Excellent piece)

    02/20/2012 12:27:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 20, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week, reported that crony corporation, General Electric, will be purchasing only Chevy Volts for employee use. The move will help General Motors proclaim that the Volt is a success (and help ensure that GE sells more charging stations) as thousands of orders for the vehicle hit the books, conveniently timed to coincide with the run up to the 2012 presidential election. The Volt has not caught on with the majority of consumers as the benefits of traveling 20 to 45 miles on an electric charge before getting about 30 miles per gallon on premium fuel do not...
  • GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes

    02/16/2012 9:36:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 16, 2012 | John Voelcker
    Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars , to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. And where changes are made, personnel policies are sure to follow. A person inside GE recently forwarded a memo to us that covers some of the nuts and bolts of using the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. It's from the fleet operations manager for GE Healthcare. Among the interesting points: "All sedans ordered in 2012 will be...
  • With All The Volts Counted, Taxpayers Lose Again

    02/15/2012 1:24:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 15, 2012 | Staff
    Incentives: Doubling down on industrial policy failure, the administration decides to bump up the taxpayer subsidy for Government Motors' touted electric car. Who said its range wasn't enough to drive us to the poor house? Tucked away in the recesses of President Obama's 2013 budget, a budget that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will not bring to the Senate floor, is a nugget that speaks volumes about the troubles we're in: While delaying the Keystone XL pipeline, the administration plans to increase the subsidy for the Chevy Volt and other "new technology" vehicles to $10,000 per car. "We...
  • Why is GM Spending Millions to Re-Hype the Chevy Volt?

    02/10/2012 9:25:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 10, 2012 | Mark Modica
    In the words of Yogi Berra, it looks like déjŕ vu all over again as General Motors plans to "relaunch" the Chevy Volt. Just in case you missed the first rollout that saw certain financial news networks dedicate loads of airtime to help GM build the hype surrounding a vehicle that was to be a savior for GM as support was garnered for a taxpayer bailout and subsequent IPO, we now get a second take on the failed first production. Many of the same cast will appear as cronies at Motor Trend will be cited for giving the Volt...
  • Many Unanswered Questions Surround Fisker Layoffs

    02/09/2012 4:06:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 8, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    This post has been updated below. Among the objections about taxpayer subsidies for the high-profileChevy Volt, manufactured by Government Motors, is that the many grants, loans and tax breaks that lowered the sticker price on the electric hybrid car facilitated its (paltry) sales for the benefit of wealthier individuals who were purchasing it – those with average annual salaries of $170,000 . So can you imagine how happy the affluent customers (like Leonardo DiCaprio) of the heavily subsidized, $102,000 electric Fisker Karma are, to be able to purchase their gimmicky sports sedan at a discount, with a $7,500 tax...
  • GM’s Dubious Super Bowl Ad Claims

    02/06/2012 11:59:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 6, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Some very humorous (if not cost-effective) ads were exhibited by General Motors during this year's Super Bowl game. GM continues to freely spend its stockpile of taxpayer supplied cash reserve as it even aired a spot touting the Chevy Volt. At a cost of $3.5 million for a 30 second spot the expense equals about 15% of the total revenues GM brought in during the entire month of January for the Volt when sales fell to a dismal level of 603. What is the reasoning behind spending so much to advertise a vehicle that sells in such small numbers...
  • Chevy Volt "Aliens" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Commercial

    02/03/2012 4:24:06 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2012 | Chevrolet
    2012 Chevy Super Bowl Commercials: From the coolest car on the block to the smartest technology in the galaxy. A man walks in on a curious group of intergalactic creatures checking out the advanced technology of his Chevrolet Volt. Learn more about what they're exploring at: VIDEO
  • What's Behind Lutz’s Chevy Volt Tirade? (Also video interview)

    02/01/2012 10:32:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 1, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Also video interview link below in comment on Gov't Conflict of Interest on Chevy Volt Probe? Well-respected car guy and General Motors supporter, Bob Lutz, posted a piece on Forbes that attacked "right-wing" criticism of the Chevy Volt. With all due respect and noting that I have nowhere near the credentials of Mr. Lutz, I feel it appropriate to respond to the ridiculous defense that we have seen of a vehicle that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars while offering little in return. I also have some questions of my own for Mr. Lutz and GM. First, let's address the...
  • Was UAW No-Strike Clause Another GM Bailout Deception?

    01/30/2012 9:09:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 30, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Back during the days of General Motors' bankruptcy proceedings, media reports cited the many "sacrifices" made by the politically favored UAW. I have long wondered what these many sacrifices were, as UAW members seem to be doing pretty well since the GM bankruptcy. One such "sacrifice" was a supposed agreement that the UAW could not go on strike at GM until after 2015, as mentioned in this Bloomberg piece, and accepted as fact by all media sources. I questioned this assertion in a piece I wrote in December of 2010 , but as has been the case with much...
  • Government Motors Says Critics Should Stop Being Political

    01/27/2012 3:51:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 27, 2012 | Matthew Sheffield
    Cry me a river. General Motors' CEO is complaining that the Chevy Volt has become a "political punching bag." As the Detroit Free Press reports , GM CEO Dan Akerson defended the Volt before a House of Representatives subcommittee Wednesday, saying that the hybrid electric vehicle seemed to be under attack as much for political as practical reasons. 'We did not design the Volt to become a political punching bag, and that’s what it’s become,' Akerson said. The optics of Akerson, CEO of a company whose very existence today stems completely from an infusion of tens of billions of...
  • Will GM's Akerson Come Clean on the Chevy Volt?

    01/23/2012 3:28:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 23, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors' CEO, Dan Akerson, is scheduled to testify at congressional hearings on the NHTSA delay in reporting Chevy Volt fires. GM and the government agency waited about five months to report an incident involving a Volt which erupted in flames weeks after a crash-test. Up to this point, Akerson has not exactly been honest about the Volt; can we now expect him to come clean? A culture of deceit has been evident at GM since the Obama Administration orchestrated a manipulated bankruptcy process that favored the politically powerful UAW over other classes. It was during the time of...
  • GM Dealers Say No To More Chevy Volts

    01/23/2012 9:40:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | January 23, 2012 | Ray Wert
    With NHTSA's closure of the investigation into the Chevy Volt, General Motors is now trying to rebuild the plug-in hybrid's image . But a new stumbling block has appeared on the road to higher sales — dealers turning down Volts from GM. General Motors sold only 7,671 Volts in the United States in 2011, well short of its 10,000-unit target for the first year. GM spokespeople have attributed weakness in demand to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into the risk of fires in the car's battery pack. But I'm not entirely certain that can all be blamed...
  • Chevy Volt fire probe is closed, NHTSA says

    01/21/2012 8:41:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Auto Week ^ | January 21, 2012 | Mike Colias And Christina Rogers
    U.S. safety regulators said Friday that they've closed an eight-week investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, concluding that the plug-in hybrid's battery doesn't pose a significant fire risk following a crash. In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it "does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles." The agency said that modifications intended to reinforce the Volt's 435-pound lithium-ion battery pack that General Motors announced on Jan. 5 should "reduce the potential" of the pack catching fire in the days or weeks following a crash.
  • EDITORIAL: Unplug the Volt

    01/17/2012 6:00:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Liberals burn tax money on flammable carsWealthy liberals love nothing better than flaunting their enlightened attitudes. They see the selection of a trendy set of wheels as a great way to advertise their concern for the survival of polar bears. At the top of the must-have list for the self-enlightened is the Chevy Volt. This $40,000 plug-in hybrid can travel 35 miles on battery power, a feat enabling smug owners - their average annual salary is $175,000 - to pretend that their emissions are pure. Of course, instead of coming out the tailpipe, the unwanted carbon-dioxide molecules are instead released...
  • As Goes GM, So Goes Obama Reelection

    01/17/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 17, 2012 | Mark Modica
    Last week the Detroit News reported that NHTSA claimed that the White House had nothing to do with the agency's delay in disclosing its Chevy Volt fires to the public. Supposedly, NHTSA contacted the White House three months after the Volt fires and waited another two months before releasing the information to the public. Whether or not the Obama Administration is being honest about its involvement in NHTSA's Chevy Volt investigation, it is clear that we are in an unprecedented situation with the President of the US having his reelection chances largely tied to the success of General Motors,...
  • GM Wrestles With Chevy Volt 'Political Controversy'

    01/12/2012 9:11:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 12, 2012 | Mark Modica
    It seems that General Motors is sticking to its guns as they continue to blame lack of supply for low sales of the Chevy Volt. A story by the Detroit Free Press quotes GM Vice Chairman, Steve Girsky, as saying that market demand for the Volt will not be known until around June as "...there are still dealer orders that are getting filled and there are customers that are still getting out there." GM's president of North American operations, Mark Reuss, addressed criticism of the Volt by adding, "The worst thing we could do would be to back off...
  • Obama, Where's My Volt?

    01/11/2012 9:59:52 AM PST · by gabriellah · 10 replies
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/11/2012 | Jeffrey Max
    Since the government takeover of General Motors, the Obama Administration has pumped billions of taxpayer dollars into the failed auto company, in hopes that it will revitalize its green initiatives. Recently, they have doubled down on their efforts to interfere with free market economics by subsidizing the research, design, and sales of Chevrolet’s new electric car, affectionately known as the Volt. President Obama testing out a new Chevy Volt The Chevrolet Volt carries a sticker price in excess of $40,000. However, with some nifty Obama subsidies, the price has been brought down into the low $30,000′s. With these tax credits,...
  • Consumers Should Select Cars, Not Government (Video: Mark Modica on Cavuto show)

    01/09/2012 1:22:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 9, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    VIDEO 4:19 minutes NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica says it is time to end tax credits and subsidies for electric vehicles. He is interviewed by Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network on Friday, January 6. Here's a transcript: Neil Cavuto : Meanwhile, a Fox Business Alert that is going to be a topical issue, drivers paying more to fill up. But it doesn't look like they're getting fed up with the gas guzzlers. Gasoline now at its highest price ever for the start of the year. It's still rising. But look what else is rising. Sales of really big...
  • I Recall Seeing a Chevy Volt in New Hampshire

    01/09/2012 10:21:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Tatler ^ | January 9, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    See what I did there with that headline? Government Motors won’t like it. Here’s a little vignette that might tell us much about the difference between the mainstream media and the rest of us. As I’m walking into Newt Gingrich’s townhall at Public Service New Hampshire in Manchester, I am behind a pair of MSMers, a man and a woman. The two are chatting about the event and the fact that it’s a Republican candidate, and the woman mutters something about “crosses and swastikas.” The man just chuckles. No bias to see here. As we’re walking along the sidewalk...
  • GM announces EV development deal with Chinese partner

    01/08/2012 11:57:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Gasgoo/Automotive News ^ | January 9, 2012 | MSN Autos
    MSN Autos - General Motors announced in Shanghai today that it will jointly develop an electric vehicle with longtime Chinese partner SAIC -- a move that some U.S. lawmakers have likened to a shakedown. China has built its manufacturing infrastructure around low-cost production and continues to lag behind other developed countries when it comes to developing and implementing cutting-edge automotive technology. For the past 25 years, the Chinese government has required foreign automakers to partner with Chinese companies, which are required to own a stake of at least 50 percent. China also imposes heavy tariffs on imported cars, which some...
  • GM Recalls Chevy Volt (Paul Chesser on Cavuto show)

    01/06/2012 1:32:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 6, 2012 | NLPC Staff
    VIDEO 4 minutes Last night, NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser discussed the Chevy Volt recall with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. Here's a transcript: Neil Cavuto : ...Forget Volt sales and that they are far from catching fire. Apparently the cars really are in danger of catching fire. GM is recalling nearly 8,000 Chevy Volts for what they're calling enhancements. I actually hate it when people do that but that's what they're calling them, enhancements, aimed at preventing the battery from bursting into flames. The National Legal and Policy Center's Paul Chesser says that this recall should be...
  • Chevy Volt Fleet Sales Rise, Government GM Purchases Increase

    01/05/2012 2:10:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 5, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors reported Chevy Volt sales of 1,529 for the month of December. The still unimpressive number is an improvement over previous months, but the gains were mostly driven by fleet sales. According to GM, 992 of the Volts sold were to retail customers while 537 went to fleet purchasers. GM says the fleet sales were to corporate buyers and not to rental companies. The number of Volts sold to townships receiving federal grants remains unknown. The corporate sales claim makes sense as crony company, General Electric, starts to make good on its promise to buy thousands of Volts....
  • GM to call back 8,000 electric Chevy Volts -- report (ALL 8,000 Volts sold)

    01/05/2012 8:39:34 AM PST · by tobyhill · 46 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc ^ | 1/5/2012 | staff
    General Motors plans to ask Volt owners to bring their electric cars into dealers to strengthen the structure around the batteries, according to a report. The move is similar to a recall and involves the 8,000 Volts sold in the U.S. in the past two years.
  • Chevy Volt Gets "Worst Product" Award

    01/03/2012 10:28:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mark Modica
    General Motors' much-hyped Chevy Volt has yet another distinction to add to its long list of commendations. We had all heard repeatedly about Motor Trends' Car of the Year award, Consumer Reports' recommendation and Jay Leno's love affair with the car, but the Volt now gets a less publicized, more deserved distinction from Yahoo Finance's 24/7 Wall Street site. The Volt has made the list of "The Worst Product Flops of 2011" and apologists for the vehicle are sure to, once again, attack the credibility of those issuing the opinion. The Obama Administrations' favorite car has had a rough...
  • Time to End $7,500 Electric Car Tax Credit

    12/28/2011 9:37:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 28, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Pennsylvania Congressman, Mike Kelly, wants to end the $7,500 tax credit that affluent purchasers of electric vehicles are currently taking advantage of. The most hyped of these vehicles has been General Motors' Chevy Volt, but other plug-in cars, like Fiskers and Teslas, sell for close to $100,000 and make a strong case for Rep. Kelly's argument. Let's look past the recent Chevy Volt fires. The value of a vehicle will be determined by the consumer. It does not matter if Jay Leno and other rich purchasers say they love their Volts. The real questions are, should taxpayers be paying...
  • The Volt is a jolt to taxpayers shelling out subsidies

    12/26/2011 10:57:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 2+ views ^ | December 26, 2011 | Jack Kelly
    Shortly after he gave General Motors a $53 billion bailout in 2009, President Barack Obama said the plug-in Chevrolet Volt would be salvation of the beleaguered automaker. Consumers will buy 120,000 Volts each year from 2012 onwards, the Energy Department predicted then. But through November, only 6,142 Volts have been sold. And that pitiful figure is inflated by purchases for government fleets. Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America, isn’t surprised. “No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla,” he told Lawrence Ulrich of MSN Autos in 2009. “So...
  • Chevy Volt turns one, what's next?

    12/23/2011 12:23:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Torque News ^ | December 23, 2011 | Adam Yamada-Hanff
    Recently the Chevy Volt, General Motor's (GM) venerable electric-hybrid car, turned one-year old. This marks an important occasion for GM that they have been able to sell and bring to market this electric-hybrid car. The real question for GM, what's next?To date GM has fallen short of it's lofty sales target for the Volt. They expected to sell 10,000 Volts in a one-year period, but they have fallen short of that goal by about 40%. They have only sold around 6,000 Volts around the country. (Not surprising from a company that keeps making promises it cannot keep.) For GM, the...
  • ObamaCar Sticker Shock: Taxpayers Taken For A Ride

    12/23/2011 10:03:15 AM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 23, 2011 | IBD staff
    Green Policy: A think tank crunches the subsidy and bailout dollars and puts the true cost of Government Motors' electric car at a cool quarter-million. And the few sold have been largely bought by the 1%. At a time when Democrats are blaming the GOP for blocking a payroll tax cut deal that will add $40 in the average paycheck, they have no problem taking that worker's tax dollars to make and subsidize what we once called an electric Edsel bought by a precious few with an average income of $170,000. "Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as...
  • Taxpayer-Subsidized Electric Vehicles Are a Bust (Video)

    12/22/2011 10:42:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 22, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    NLPC Associate Fellow Paul Chesser was interviewed last night on Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. Paul asserted that electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt have failed in the marketplace, despite massive taxpayer subsidies. VIDEO 3:49 minutes
  • Chevy Volt Sales Figures Inflated With Fleet Purchases (Video)

    12/20/2011 2:54:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Last night on Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News Channel, NLPC Associate Fellow Mark Modica discussed disappointing sales of the Chevy Volt, and GM's apparent goosing of sales figures through fleet sales. VIDEO 3:25 minutes
  • Are Chevy Volt Fleet Sales Latest Evidence of GM Deception?

    12/16/2011 8:57:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 16, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Sales for the Chevy Volt have been stagnant and it has become apparent that lack of supply is not the reason. GM CEO Dan Akerson is responsible for tying the success of GM into the success of the Volt by having made lofty claims that the vehicle was, in fact, the future of the company while investing a major portion of marketing dollars to help support the perception. Deception was evident as statements were made that the vehicle was "virtually" sold out and supply couldn't keep up with demand, while evidence surfaced that this was not the case ....
  • Consumer Reports’ Chevy Volt Safety Double Standard

    12/12/2011 9:27:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 12, 2011 | Mark Modica
    In January of 2010 USA Today reported that Consumer Reports (CR) temporarily suspended its recommended rating for eight Toyota models. This was in response to the possibility of Toyota models being unsafe as accusations were made that the vehicles had sudden acceleration problems and NHTSA investigated the alleged incidents. In CRs' words, "Although incidents of sudden acceleration are rare, we are taking this action because the vehicles have been identified as potentially unsafe without a fix yet being available to consumers." CRs' response to the Chevy Volt NHTSA fires is quite different from the Toyota response. Change a few...