General Motors Reports Record Sales Of New Disposable Car [Onion]

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Not new news. When my brother, an engineer, superb mechanic, auto enthusiast and collector/restorer (owned 26 cars at the time) bought a new Oldsmobile in the mid 1990's, he said it was a disposable automobile.
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GM made the mistake of creating cars that would last shorter and shorter time. The idea was that then people would need to come and get a new car. The problem was that not all car companies did this even if most of them did and do. One of the reasons the true electric cars have not been high on the agenda of car companies is that it is hard to make true electrics that need to last a short time. In true electrics there are hardly any movable parts and hardly any maintenance. Not only will people not need to change cars often but the whole industry of spare parts and maintenance operations will fall apart. A solution is to create an illusion of electrics by having both an ordinary engine and electric drive train and they will have the old concept in place like the Volt. Going true electric willl be forced on the car companies anyway but they will be dragged into it fussing and screaming and for a good reason. The price of oil is making it happen and even if people are slow and stupid then this transition is so obvious that it is bound to happen even against the fud of gm and its like. The internet and flow of information has been a real showstopper for GM.
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Perhaps, but the fact is because of the number of dealer orders being received by GM for the Volt, it has upped the planned first year production by 10,000 units.

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