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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 Jeffk464 on 2/1/2012 10:57:48 AM , Rating: 2
"And honestly, this is America. Since when did being "right wing" become a bad thing? Oh yeah, since the Liberals in charge of print and broadcast media said so."

Since the start of the Revolutionary war. The idea that individuals had rights and weren't just the subjects of the elite were very liberal ideas at the time. Republicans always talk about freedom but what they mean is for Corporation to have freedom to do whatever they want. Republicans seem to be the ones always wanting to pass laws to restrict personal freedoms.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 11:46:59 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Republicans seem to be the ones always wanting to pass laws to restrict personal freedoms.


Care to give me some examples please? I know you're going to throw the Patriot Act in there, even though both parties virtually unanimously passed it. But what else you got?


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Schrag4 on 2/1/2012 1:01:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Republicans seem to be the ones always wanting to pass laws to restrict personal freedoms.


I think you aren't being intellectually honest. BOTH parties seem to exist, in my opinion, for the sole purpose of growing government and restricting freedoms. The only difference is WHICH freedoms they vote to restrict. And as Reclaimer has pointed out, there's a lot of overlap between the two parties (Patriot Act is an example).

Can you really not think of any individual liberties that the left wants to restrict?

quote:
Republicans always talk about freedom but what they mean is for Corporation to have freedom to do whatever they want.


Ok, so you're saying that the left wants to limit the freedoms that corporations have? How is that a good thing? What freedoms should individuals have that corporations shouldn't be allowed (since corporations are made up of regular people like you and me after all)?


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 1:09:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ok, so you're saying that the left wants to limit the freedoms that corporations have? How is that a good thing? What freedoms should individuals have that corporations shouldn't be allowed (since corporations are made up of regular people like you and me after all)?


Oh man you said it now. Don't you know Daily Tech is home to the most rabid anti-Corporation lackeys this side of MoveOn.org?? Good luck my friend. I'll do what I can for ya...you'll need this.

*hands you flame retardant suit*


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 1:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Can you really not think of any individual liberties that the left wants to restrict?


Well aside from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Freedom of Speech, etc etc. Nope. Can't think of a one :)


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