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GM: Government Motors spent HOW much on the Volt?

Consumer Reports offered a harsh initial review of the Chevrolet Volt, questioning whether General Motors Co.’s flagship vehicle makes economic “sense.”The extended-range plug-in electric vehicle is on the cover of the April issue — the influential magazine’s annual survey of vehicles — but the GM vehicle comes in for criticism.

“When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn’t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it’s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy,” said David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center at a meeting with reporters here. “This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer.

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Do you think taxpayer money was dumped into a car that the public can’t afford and/or doesn’t want?

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:53 AM on Mar. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The government bailed GM out so I see what you're saying, but at least they did something semi-productive with the money and kept jobs in the US.
    kaylan010

    Answer by kaylan010 at 11:55 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Given their current state, Zoey~ Government Motors is more appropriate.
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 11:56 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Another example of Government putting their hands into something for it to fail.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:57 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • The government bailed GM out so I see what you're saying, but at least they did something semi-productive with the money and kept jobs in the US.


    They invested over $500,000 in building new plants in Mexico and moved thousands of jobs from the US to Mexico...  I guess that could be viewed as "semi-productive", huh?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 11:59 AM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • In the last 5 years, GM has invested $3.67 billion into Mexican production and built a new plant there as well.... What was that about American Jobs?
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:01 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • The government bailed GM out so I see what you're saying, but at least they did something semi-productive with the money and kept jobs in the US.

    They invested over $500,000 in building new plants in Mexico and moved thousands of jobs from the US to Mexico... I guess that could be viewed as "semi-productive", huh?


    LOL, typical liberal/progressive voter--CLUELESS.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:03 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Not too mention GM should start IMPORTING it's China made fleet of new cars sometime this year..... What was that about jobs kept in the US? Hrmmmmm GM ~ the FIRST major US automaker to import Chinese cars to the U.S. market... Innovative?

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:05 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • Changing technology is always expensive as you have to work through all the unanticipated kinks. IMO, it's one reason why we have not seriously moved beyond oil. I recently saw a small piece regarding this topic on a local program. There was concern about the costs for charging the battery in CA because of the tiered pricing structure. There is talk of installing secondary meters for those homes with these cars, so that the energy used to charge the battery, could be charged at the lower consumption rate-of course that is costly. Our county does not have smart meters. For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. I just wish people would really think things through before implementing decisions (hate the load, shoot, aim approach).

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:06 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • From May 2009.... "SHANGHAI (AP) -- General Motors Corp. plans to begin exports of vehicles made in China to the United States within two years, ramping up sales to more than 50,000 by 2014, reports said Wednesday."

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:07 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

  • LOL, typical liberal/progressive voter--CLUELESS.


    It's kind of sad.....

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:12 PM on Mar. 1, 2011

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