Chevy Volt – the Little Car That Couldn’t

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Sales of the Chevy Volt continue as expected, nearing the non-existant category, though it’s not what Government Motors says, via The Detroit Bureau, the UAW’s BFF.  They said “October’s numbers likely to be the industry’s strongest since August 2009, during the Cash-for-Clunkers program.”

I like to to call that the Cash from Suckers program. The Detroit Bureau loves Obama’s Cash for Clunkers even though any successes were counterbalanced by the failure it created in the used car market. It was a redistribution of money from one taxpayer to another, nothing more.

The Detroit Bureau gets a big fat “F” for their forecasts and an “A” for shilling for Government Motors.

From Autopia: General Motors has repeatedly claimed a sales target for 2011 of 10,000 units for the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt sedan. But, nine months into the year, they’ve only shipped 3,895 off the lot. In fact, in September sales numbers, released an hour ago, GM sold only 723 Volts. Will GM fail to meet its own sales predictions?

To be fair, GM has claimed that sales would falter during the summer because of a pre-planned shutdown of the automaker’s Hamtramck assembly plant. But, it was thought by most analysts that GM would have already swallowed that hiccup and by September we’d see higher sales. Despite more than doubling last months sales, we somehow don’t think 723 units sold this past month is what one would consider massive sales momentum — especially given this summer’s anemic numbers. And that’s not to say there aren’t any Volts on dealer lots. Cars.com shows over 2,600 units available in a nationwide search of new vehicle listings.

Other GM sales:

Cadillac Escalade – 1,527
Chevrolet Colorado Pickup – 2,171
Chevrolet Avalanche – 1,861
Chevrolet Suburban – 5,246
Buick Lucerne – 1,068

Weren’t gas guzzlers the vehicles Obama wanted to get rid of? From these numbers, that seems rather unsuccessful. Cash for clunkers did successfully decimate the used car market in the most wasteful way.

The other point to make is that it was predictable, not by The Detroit Bureau of course. Why would anyone want a $12,000 car like the Volt for more than three times the price? Maybe because of misrepresentation? Volt pushers, kind of like the drug pushers of the automobile industry, don’t mention the fact that since it’s a hybrid, you keep the air clean and get a hundred miles to the gallon if you try to keep your driving to about 20 miles a day. The fact that we the taxpayer subsidize this poor investment is a real boon to Government Motors sales.

From The Burning Platform: “…So it’s not an all-electric car, but rather a pricey $41,000 hybrid that requires a taxpayer-funded $7,500 subsidy to get car shoppers to look at it. But gee, even despite the false advertising about the powertrain, isn’t a car that gets 230 miles per gallon of gas worth it?

We heard GM’s then-CEO Fritz Henderson claim the Volt would get 230 miles per gallon in city conditions. Popular Mechanics found the Volt to get about 37.5 mpg in city driving, and Motor Trend reports: ‘Without any plugging in, (a weeklong trip to Grandma’s house) should return fuel economy in the high 30s to low 40s.’”…

So there you have it folks. You’ve been scammed.

 

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