A NASCAR Sprint Cup car that will "closely resemble the production
version,"... It will have 4 wheels/tires and a similar profile?
Ha ha ha. I hope it has real headlights, not headlight decals.
Yes, I'm picking on NASCAR. I work with too many over-the-top NASCAR
All new, a V8, and not a front drive. THAT is quite a switch. No mention
of it being battery powered. I like it already. Go GM! Maybe they can
make up for the total failure of the Volt.
I don't remember the exact numbers, but GM sold about half as many as
they thought they would. That is why GM halted production of the thing
for 5 weeks.
Sources close to the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) also told TPM that
the temporary production halt was ³totally normal,² as was the fact that
GM would be temporarily laying off 1,300 workers during the shutdown,
which will extend from March 19 to April 23.
Sounds totally normal to me.
BTW, didn't obama promise GM $20k or each Volt sold?
Maybe it was only $10k. This was to get the price of the volt down to
where someone might consider buying one.
That's great for us tax payers!
---- Big snip. ----
The government didn't pay anyone a rebate just to get them to buy any of
those items above. Volt buyers _DO_ get a $10k tax rebate simply for
having bought the Volt.
I was pretty sure GM was compensated for building the thing, but I can't
find any reference to it. I didn't look real hard though.
The only fault with the volt that I see is the fact that the government
got involved in trying to make the general public think the volt is the
greatest thing since sliced bread. Obviously, very few people want one.
True. But then none of those items cost nearly as much. Nor are they
as important to our country/world.
I think it was the market. Toyota was having huge success with their
Prius and GM, wisely enough, said we can do better.
The government didn't say it, the automotive press did. Read their
reviews. The Volt is an amazing car -- well designed, well built,
etc. It came to fruition by, and because of, the true believers
inside GM -- the talented guys and girls who toil away everyday trying
to bring world-class vehicles to market, the ones who have been able
to bring GM back to respectability.
GM can't sell them. No one wants one... Okay, hardly anyone wants one.
It's a failure. There is no demand for them. It doesn't matter how
amazing or well built the car is. There is no demand for it.
It doesn't matter if every GM employee is a true believer in the car.
It doesn't matter how much anyone toils over building one.
It doesn't matter if it's a world class car.
There is no demand. They can barely sell them. The volt is a failure.
And that's too bad because the tax payers are getting screwed over this.
There is _NO_ tax rebate for buying a Ford Fusion Hybrid, which by the
way starts at $28,775. AND, it gets 41 city/36 hwy/39 combined.
Oh yeah, the Fusion seats 5. I wouldn't buy either one (at this point in
my life) but I'm leaning toward the Ford.
The price is the problem but 40+MPG running on the generator sounds
pretty good to me. If you plug it in everyday and rarely go past the
mileage limit of the batteries you wouldn't be using any gas. Which
brings up the next point, they should have used a Diesel instead of a
gasoline engine. Which brings me to a further next point, I would have
considered a Diesel Focus in a minute, but they refuse to sell them
here. No one has a decent economy minded model. An Eco-boost Diesel
Focus would have only slight competition.
I wonder if this is the same car that's been known about for a couple
years as the Police Only replacement for the 9C1. Management may have
decided that if they were going to run an assembly line might as well
sell them to anyone.
The laziest bit of Googlin' tells me this:
Tax credits for hybrids, gas/electric, and plug-in electric cars is a global
initiative, not just within the U.S.
Previously, hybrids qualified for tax credits. Problem is, as sales grew to
a given point, those credits expired (Toyota and Honda have been
discontinued, I believe - there is especially no longer an incentive to
offer an incentive for buying a Prius)
There's a "2011 Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit for Electric Cars" with a
credit of $7,500 for any of the qualifying vehicles. These include the
plug-in Chevy Volt, and the CODA Sedan (?), the Nissan Leaf, the smart
fortwo, the Tesla Roadster, and the Wheego LiFe (?). Again, once production
of any vehicle reaches 200,000, these credits begin to go away.
From Ford, the Fusion and Escape Hybrids did, indeed, qualify for tax
credits. Whether or not they still do, I don't know. But, as with all hybrid
vehicles at least at one time, they most certainly did earn tax credits.
So it's not all just about Chevy, or just about the Volt. Governments around
the world have been offering incentives to move customers from gas to
electric, and the tax credit for a Chevy Volt is just one example.
In article , "dwight"
Interesting. $7,500 for any of the qualifying vehicles.
Yet you get $10k tax credit if you buy a volt.
Got a link to that? I'm not into this enough to look it up right now.
Oops, obama wants to raise it to 10k next year. I missed that.
In Colorado you can get $13,500 in tax credit.
It's strange how these cars are so great that even when the government
bribes you with a huge tax credit, no one wants the volt. People seem to
want the prius. Not sure about the Fords.
Where do you think that tax rebate comes from?
We the people, that's where. Tax payers. Mustang and camaro drivers.
It comes from people that don't even own a car.
It's like a bad dream. Take my money Washington... Oh, they already did.