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Chevrolet Volt
GM isn't going to let a little thing like a lack of money prevent the Volt from coming to market in 2010

General Motors has been in a downward spiral all year with lagging sales and losses in the billions. GM and its cross town rival, Chrysler, asked Congress for monetary assistance to stave off bankruptcy by the end of the year. In the end, the Senate failed to hand over even $14 billion USD to the two struggling Detroit giants.

Now as the White House mulls what plan it will present to help GM and Chrysler stay in business during 2009, GM is stating that it will bring the Chevrolet Volt to market no matter what. This confidence in the Volt program comes despite that fact that GM announced yesterday that it would halt the production on a new engine assembly plant which will produce the 1.4-liter gasoline engine/generator for the vehicle.

Despite the setback with the engine assembly plant, billions of dollars in losses, and a production schedule that leaves little room for error, GM is still committed to bring the Volt -- and the Chevrolet Cruze -- to market by the end of 2010 as it has always stated.

If the engine assembly plant is unable to be completed in time to get the production Chevrolet Volt and Cruze out the door in 2010, GM will be forced to rely on one of its overseas facilities to produce the engine according to the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly enough, the Chevrolet Cruze is already available in overseas markets like South Korea albeit with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine -- two years ahead of the car’s North American launch.

"Everything that involves heavy cash outlays obviously is under review," said GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel on Wednesday. "Our intent is to still go forward with a new facility bringing that engine to Flint, Michigan."

"Although we are temporarily absolutely stopping all work on everything, the Volt will be out as originally scheduled," added one GM executive.

GM is banking on the Volt to bring it some of the same positive press that has been bestowed upon the Toyota Prius. However, the Prius and its rival, the Honda Insight, have base prices below the $24,000 mark. The Volt, however, will be priced near or will surpass the $40,000 mark before a $7,500 tax credit.

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RE: socialism at its finest
By Fritzr on 12/19/2008 10:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
You can bet though that your Congressman was paying attention to his mail. The overall trend of opinion letters is a pretty good poll showing the averaged opinion of those willing to speak. If your letter had instead been asking for help with stupid bureaucrats screwing your life up on a one off basis, chances are you would have gotten personal attention (from Staff at least) to assist in solving your problem. Good PR :)

I happen to agree with Jefferson on the revolution item. That was one of the points of the 2d Amendment. However in the interest of making the life of a government apparatchik safer, the people are not allowed to unseat the elected government violently.

There are a few legal options that are out there such as recall petitions. Just get enough people to agree that he has to go and you may be able to get it on the ballot. Not sure if all states allow this though...

There is also the News Media revolution. Stage photogenic rallies in favor of your position and make sure the various classes of news reporters are notified so that they will be there for the photo-op where your supporters can make believe they are the tip of the iceberg of your grassroots support. This form is quite popular in Totalitarian ountries where the government can "ask" the reporters to show up on schedule :P

Smart protesters get the 5 o'clock TV news footage of massive picketing this way. The protest is scheduled to run from 2P to 4P and the reporters are invited to see the "massive protest" and then they run back to put the "breaking news" on the air.

"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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