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Has our [taxpayers] government ownership in GM backed "A Car For Idiots"?

Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that the Chevy Volt will fail and that anybody who buys the car is an idiot. Not only that, de Nysschen has lumped proponents of any type of electric car into a category of "intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are."
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.... In de Nysschen's mind, no one will be willing to pay the expected $40,000 base price of the Volt when the cars it's competing with are $15,000 less (he thinks the Volt will be competing with Toyota Corollas). Also, he noted, the Volt doesn't deliver a premium luxury experience and, therefore, its eco-lux price tag is inexcusable to the average consumer.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 10:49 PM on Sep. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:49 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Weird! A guy selling cars in the same price range dogging the competition? Who would a thunk it? lol (Wait...You don't think the guy may possibly have an ulterior motive, do you?)
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:53 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • There is alot of hype over these hybrid and electric cars and they really aren't worth the price. Maybe an electric car is after quite some time b/c of the savings on gas but I know I don't spend anywhere near $40,000 on gas in even 10 years so it would take some time for that car to "pay for itself". A lady my grandmother works for bought a Honda Hybrid b/c they kept claiming the MPG was so much better than other cars. She drove an acura and after driving the hybrid for a few months she found out the gas mileage was only a few gallons better, and definitely not worth the money she paid for the car. She paid in the $30,000 range when the hybrid had just come out brandnew to the market. She was very disappointed.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • That's typical of 'eco friendly' cars. Top gear spoofed matching up a BMW to a prius, only to find that the beamer got better gas mileage If you went over 55. Not to mention, they have to ship parts all over the place to make a prius.

    The volt is a cause car. Sure enough. People will buy it to support environmental issues and/or the Obama admin, and we will find out later that it's production kills people or something like that. You know, like the curly light bulbs were killing people in china.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:03 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • stacymomof2, the difference... for $40,000 you can get a Niiiiiiiiiiice Audi vs. a 'base model' hybrid... The Consumer Power of Choice will prevail.... That's pretty much his point. lol

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:04 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • The Consumer Power of Choice will prevail.... That's pretty much his point. lol
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    Consumers will choose, but I believe if the Gov is involved in making cars they should be doing it to further the development of a new, cleaner technology, and pave they way for other companies to develop their own cleaner models. You do know oil reserves are not endless, don't you? Just when are we supposed to start developing this? When gas shortages turn to rationing? Think further ahead than next year.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 11:13 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • People won't buy it and then who will bail Govy motors out? Also the green tree huggers should be concerned about the battery waste it will produce. They are costly and have to be disposed of when they wear out.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:31 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Exactly Stacy.


    Oh and GlyGlz. I'll take that Base Model Hybrid over a nice Audi any day. I prefer my planet to luxury *cough wanna be luxury cough* cars :)

    SRiveroC

    Answer by SRiveroC at 12:28 AM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • Weird! A guy selling cars in the same price range dogging the competition? Who would a thunk it? lol (Wait...You don't think the guy may possibly have an ulterior motive, do you?)


    bouncing

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:32 AM on Sep. 5, 2009

  • Consumers will choose, but I believe if the Gov is involved in making cars they should be doing it to further the development of a new, cleaner technology, and pave they way for other companies to develop their own cleaner models.


     Yes, but (1) the government should NOT be involved in a US corporation (2) Do your research, EVEN Ford has a better business model, cheaper hybrid, and ohhhhhhhhh~They didn't take the bailout.  (3) Look at the BIGGER picture, this isn't just about Chevy vs. Audi. Read the article $40,000 buys hell of alot of car (Hybrids included) anywhere else but GOVERNMENT MOTORS.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:29 AM on Sep. 5, 2009

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