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The 2011 Chevy Volt...

versus Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show host.
Talk show host also admits he recently took ad money from GM, despite criticism

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh on his conservative talk show released a barrage of harsh criticism towards General Motors and its electric vehicle superstar, the 2011 Chevy Volt.

Wasting no time after GM's press release of the completed Volt, its price, and pre-order info, Limbaugh aired a Wednesday broadcast saying the Volt was unviable and blamed President Obama for what he sees as the sad state of General Motors.

Despite recently turning a profit, Limbaugh claims GM is doomed.  He states, "Obama and the government are admitting nobody wants this."

Limbaugh says the price is too high and calls GM "Obama Motors", a slightly less used slur than the popular "Government Motors" line.  He says its just an excuse for Obama to pour $86B USD more into the auto industry.

While some may agree with his assessment of price, his commentary on the vehicle's operation indicated a lack of knowledge and/or confusion about its gas generator.  Limbaugh comments, "That 40-mile range has to include you getting home, and staying home three to four hours to charge the thing.  It's (a) 20-mile range."

Limbaugh said he didn't believe that the gas generator could really increase the range to 300 miles, while failing to cite any concrete evidence to back up his claims.  GM has assured the public that the gasoline range (300 miles on a tank) is a safe estimate under virtually all conditions giving average driving habits (careful drivers may get better mileage, heavy footed ones may get slightly worse).  The battery range admittedly is variable depending on weather conditions and may be significantly better or worse under hot or cold weather.  

The talk show host last year attacked GM making comments that some listeners interpreted as a call to boycott the company (he later denied calling on a boycott).  He also has been a vocal critic of hybrids, though he did agree to test drive the upcoming electric Ford Focus on Jay Leno's Green Car Challenge.  Limbaugh received the slowest time, even getting beat by Drew Barrymore, thanks in part for his "accidental" collision with two Al Gore cutouts that formed markers on the race course.  

Despite his criticism of GM, Limbaugh admits he was more than happy to take GM advertising money.  He admits that last year he accepted ad money to promote the company's new car purchase incentives for workers who lost their jobs.  GM has been listed as a sponsor of his program in the past.

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RE: Did you actually listen to what he said?
By JDub02 on 7/29/2010 1:15:00 PM , Rating: 4
No, they didn't actual listen to what he said. Nor did DT's sources. I listened to the show when he talked about the Volt. Rush knew about the gasoline generator and correctly stated that the vehicle has a 40 mile range on all-electric power and a 340 mile range with the gasoline backup. He was correct in stating that the Volt has a 20 mile one-way limit to stay on all-electric power.

Nothing new for Rush, though. People who criticize him never actually listen first hand.

RE: Did you actually listen to what he said?
By MeesterNid on 7/29/2010 3:54:02 PM , Rating: 3
As Rush has been saying for a while now, there are no journalists left anymore just stenographers and this is proof.

He also said, pretty much on the money as well, that it makes no sense to have a primary electric range be 40 miles while the gasoline one, the backup, provide 340 instead of being the other way around. And then made the point that people buying these things are doing so out of some misguided sense of moral (or green) superiority.

He's a smart man, you should try listening to him, Jason.

By cruisin3style on 7/30/2010 5:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
And then made the point that people buying these things are doing so out of some misguided sense of moral (or green) superiority.

Saying it is a point is like saying it is a fact, rather than an opinion.

Saying that rush limbaugh and the people who listen to him are quick-to-stereotype-people a$$holes, or that he/they have to act like children and belittle things (prospective Volt owners) related to decisions they don't like (Obama and GM) doesn't make it true.

By EricMartello on 8/2/2010 6:07:41 PM , Rating: 2
Rush is right on this one. A car that NEEDS a $7,500 to gain any traction in the market is one that shouldn't be sold in the first place. Even with that credit the price is still too high for what it is.

Think about it in terms of cars in that class. It is a mid-size sedan - it's not a luxury car, it's just a normal vanilla sedan and most cars in that class are in the $18-$22K price range with no incentive.

It's much the same with the current crop of hybrids - they are vastly overpriced when you consider their class - and they're all mostly "compact sedan/hatch" class which has average prices of $14K-$18K while the hybrids cost more like mid to full-size sedans.

The NORMAL, tried-and-true method of rolling out new auto tech is to stuff it into a LUXURY car, allowing people who like to spend money to bring the new tech into the marketplace without having to rely on tax credits. After the tech becomes "standard" for luxury cars it can be filtered down into "normal" cars that most people drive. This is how they did it with ABS brakes, fuel injection, air bags, HID headlights just to name a reason this tech should be any different.

By Azure Sky on 8/24/2010 1:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
a smart man who discounts rasing of sea levels because when his ice melted in his icetea the level of tea didnt go up.....yeah, his fact checker was working over time that day....

By Reclaimer77 on 7/29/2010 4:35:58 PM , Rating: 4
I love how every time the man speaks, it's a viscous calculated "attack". What happened to the first amendment? Since when was speaking your opinion, or in Rush's case common sense, so controversial?

We all know why. Anyone who speaks out against Obama is labeled either a racists or a rebel rabblerouser. I tell you people, be really afraid when political correctness and mob rule starts shutting opposing voices up. Because tyranny and oppression is soon to follow.

And honestly, anyone with half a BRAIN should be upset over the way the Obama administration handled the GM takeover. Jason, you have to be kidding me with this. Rush isn't the only one mad as hell about it, MILLIONS of Americans are. At least put this in the proper context.

In my opinion the Volt has already failed because of the insanely large subsidy. If we have to front that much of the bill, up front, for this car to succeed then..well, it hasn't succeeded. Why doesn't the government help you buy a sports car or an SUV? Ask yourself why we should just accept the government deciding which products fail and which make it.

RE: Did you actually listen to what he said?
By KillerNoodle on 7/30/2010 10:06:43 AM , Rating: 1
If you can find any mention of the 20 mile one way limit please let me know where I missed it when I went through the GM Volt website.

By Akrovah on 7/30/2010 1:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
You need to read before responding. He said a 20 mile one way limit IF you want to stay on all electric power. 20 miles one way is 40 miles total, the stated all electric range of the Volt.

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