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Bob Lutz has had enough of the Volt flaming

Bob Lutz has never been one to back down from a fight. The former Marine has served at a number of car companies over the decades including General Motors, BMW, Ford, and Chrysler. Most recently, Lutz served at GM's Vice Chairman for Special Advisor Design and Global Product Development.
 
When it comes to hardcore "car guys" in the auto industry, there aren't many as rabid as Lutz. In recent years, Lutz is responsible for spearheading the development of enthusiast-oriented vehicles like the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac G8, fourth generation Pontiac GTO, Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, and the upcoming Cadillac Converj (now called the ELR).
 
One of Lutz's most famous "babies", however, has been the Chevrolet Volt. He has been an ardent supporter of the plug-in hybrid, so it should come as no surprise that Lutz is coming to the Volt's defense after a barrage of negative press has rained down on it.


[Source: Patrick Arena/VW Vortex]
 
Lutz, writing in a column for Forbes, went straight after those that have been most critical of the Volt. He rattled off six “truths” about the vehicle including the fact that the Volt was conceived before GM's federal bailout and that no Volt has caught fire on public roads during an accident. Lutz also asserted that 278,000 gasoline-engined vehicles caught fire between 2003 and 2007, but no one seemed to launch an attack campaign against those vehicles.
 
But Lutz saved his harshest criticism for the "right-wing media" which has gone after the Volt with many a hollow-point bullet:
 
But the Oscar for totally irresponsible journalism has to go to The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, with, as its key guest, Lou Dobbs. Amid much jocular yukking, the Volt was depicted as a typical federal failure. In attempting to explain why Chevy has sold fewer than 8,000 Volts, Dobbs states, flatly, “It doesn’t work.” He elaborates, “It doesn’t go fast and go far on electricity. What happens is it catches fire."
 
Lutz then went on to try to clear up any confusion about who enabled the $7,500 tax credit that has been another sore point for people upset over the very existence of the Volt:
 
To top it off, these two media pros lamented the fact that the same government that had forced GM to produce the Volt was now extending $7,500 tax credits towards its purchase, thus squandering even more of “our taxpayer” dollars on this failed Socialist-collectivist flop. Truth? The $7,500 tax credit was enacted under the Bush administration!
 
Lutz’s column comes just days after GM CEO Dan Akerson testified before Congress to defend the Volt's safety record. "The Volt is safe. It's a marvelous machine. It represents so much of what is right at GM and, frankly, American ingenuity and manufacturing," said Akerson in his testimony last week. "The Volt seems, perhaps unfairly, to have become a surrogate for some to offer broader commentary on General Motors' business prospects and administration policy."
 
Late last week, GM introduced a new commercial to put the Volt in a more positive light.

Source: Forbes



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RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Dr of crap on 2/1/2012 10:06:23 AM , Rating: 3
Republican or Democrat they are ALL THE SAME!

Why do you need to point at the opposite group, and I assume you are a Democrat, and single them out as being wrong and (insert any other failure you think they have)?

WHY DO the two parties ALWAYS have to point the finger at the other side and tell us how they are wrong or what ever?!!?

So tired of it!


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Samus on 2/1/2012 10:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
Ron Paul 2012


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By YashBudini on 2/1/2012 12:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks to the Supreme Court only another corporatist will ever obtain the office.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 12:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
A wise man once said;
"Politics is war without bloodshed"

It's human nature to conflict against others. It's what's made us stronger, better, and has lead to the advanced civilization we have today.

Just relax. It upsets me too man, it really does sometimes. But imagine the alternative.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By TSS on 2/1/2012 3:10:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not offending the person but actually debating on the merits of their arguements?

That's the alternative.

Honestly the culture difference between europe and america never ceases to amaze me. You should see the dutch political debates in election time. They all include statistics and arguements, and if somebody offends anybody it's usually at the end of a long, long sentance with tons of relevant info. To be fair, that's been on the decline now for a good decade (as in with the LPF and PVV debates have become more polarized) but it's still there.

Since it's basically a slow news time we've been getting lots of info about the american (pre)elections here. The most frightening to me are the commercials. None of them contain any usefull information, only how bad the other guy is and what outright disaster it would be if they where elected. In ours, every commercial of every party (we have around 10-11) Is about the merits of that party, and what that party will do for you. And the people know each party will have to compromise to rule (though to which extent is often debated).

And political debates... yours aren't debates. Those are tournaments for the title of best question dodger. More direct insults. And honestly, completly insane ideas (newt wants to build a permanent moon base by 2020?! lol!). All in the name of scoring "points", whatever the hell those might elude to.

It is NOT human nature to conflict. It's human nature to compete. There's a HUGE difference. An Analogy: If there are 2 slices of pie and each of us want one, I am going to compete for the biggest, but i won't deny you pie even if i can take both, nor will i object if you win the biggest. To conflict is to take both for yourself and let the other starve if you can and otherwise find ways to do so.

Beliving it's human nature to conflict is exactly what your media is trying to achieve. I know because our media is doing exactly the same, polarizing left and right. And why do they try? Because of the oldest trick in the book.

Divide And Conquer. I've got no idea who'd be behind it, but it's a classic textbook example of divide and conquer.

I'd worry reclaimer. If you're willing to say "just relax, imagine the alternative", then they've got you. There's no such thing as "the" alternative. There are alternatives to alternatives yknow.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 5:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Honestly the culture difference between europe and america never ceases to amaze me.


I'm sort of a history buff, so maybe using Europe as an example isn't the way to go on this. If you really think about it. :)

Cultural differences aside, Europeans don't seem to have very diametrically apposed parties to choose from. They have Socialism Lite, Socialism, and downright Communism to choose from. People who get called "Far Right" in Europe would be viewed as Liberals in America. True Conservatism just does NOT exist in Europe. Hell it's barely existing here, but hopefully will make a comeback.

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The most frightening to me are the commercials. None of them contain any usefull information, only how bad the other guy is and what outright disaster it would be if they where elected.


NOBODY runs negative adds in Europe? Hmmm..interesting.

Well get ready, cause you guys are about to see the most negative campaign in history. Obama has nearly a billion dollars saved up to slander whoever his opponent is. His record on things he's done has been so bad, he's going to HAVE to go negative on the Republican candidate. He can't really say "I've done this, don't you want more?"

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I'd worry reclaimer. If you're willing to say "just relax, imagine the alternative", then they've got you. There's no such thing as "the" alternative. There are alternatives to alternatives yknow.


I was just being glib. Nobody's "got me". We're just a very angry country right now. I would love to come together, just not under 4 more years of this guy.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By YashBudini on 2/1/2012 11:07:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
To conflict is to take both for yourself and let the other starve if you can and otherwise find ways to do so.

And of the people who stated in public in the last 6 months "let them die" which party do they belong to?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2037066/Ro...

quote:
If you're willing to say "just relax, imagine the alternative", then they've got you.

quote:
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."

Albert Einstein


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