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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 Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 3:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Can you guys just give some good examples of what your party is doing to help YOU out?


Sigh..typical Democrat. That's why we're in this mess. You vote for the party that promises YOU the most stuff, at the expense of someone else. But it's okay because that other guy is (insert rich, evil, different) so he deserves it for keeping you down.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

? Alexis de Tocqueville


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Reclaimer77 on 2/1/2012 3:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
To clarify, Republicans don't vote because we want a party to help us out. We vote so the Government stays out of our lives and defends our freedoms. We can help ourselves out, thank you!


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By sigmatau on 2/1/2012 4:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
So you have no reason to vote for Republicans? So you vote for the party that will do the least for you and hurt you the most?

I see the Democrats keeping government out of my business way more than Republicans. Republicans try to limit health care, how I use my health care, they refuse to give equal rights to homosexuals, and the whole time they spit on the Bible (through their actions) while claiming they follow it more than others.

Dude, just give me a reason on how the Republicans will help YOU out. It's really not that hard. Don't "Republican" the answer and talk about something else.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By ekv on 2/1/2012 10:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
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So you vote for the party that will do the least for you and hurt you the most?
Why would you contort what he quoted from Alexis de Tocqueville? Where is the disconnect?

You would have to assume the gov't is here to help you. Because the gov't cares about you and only you. That gov't creates and gives you a job, but only asks for its "fair share" of taxes in return. That the gov't is protecting you from the meanies -- you know, those who decided they wanted to make a profit even though BHO told them it wasn't time yet. If that's how you see, then you see incorrectly.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Dr of crap on 2/3/2012 12:14:35 PM , Rating: 1
And all the comments after my post answering why vote republican is what our problem is.
ONE side poking at the other.
Can't even anser the question with out slipping down to the 5 year old level and telling us how bad the other side is!!!

It's very 5 year old stuff, and yet the educated of our country just keep doing it!

WHY PICK A SIDE???? That is the real question.

Both of them are lying money taking scum, only out to keep their office so that they can live the good life and get the "free" benefits that they voted for themsleves!

The fact that there can't be an election without the two sides telling us how the other can't do any right.

I WOULD vote for the person that didn't have a commercial on evey other other one, TV or radio, that didn't tell me how bad his opponent is, that WAN'T REP or DEM, and just "hoped" to get elected by what he stands for and how, without lying, he'll help the people - but that is a just a dream that will never happen


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By ekv on 2/4/2012 2:33:51 AM , Rating: 2
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And all the comments after my post answering why vote republican is what our problem is. ONE side poking at the other.
What ARE you getting on about? Is there a reason your Engrish [yes, deliberately mis-spelled] is so abominable?

And yet you babble about 5 year olds and the uneducated? Their English is better than yours. So you complain?

Beyond that, you start by saying how bad those meanies are, the Republicans, but then conclude that the problem is "ONE side poking at the other." What the sam-hell do you think you're doing? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Do you seriously expect to carry on an intelligible conversation? Or do you simply want to regurgitate the Kool-Aid you've obviously been hooked up to (via IV drip, no less).

Bugs Bunny is more believable than you. No? [Btw, when the time comes ... take "the red pill". No need to thank me.]


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Kurz on 2/4/2012 10:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
This isn't a formal stage.
I don't have time to go back and reread for comprehension typically. I do it on the fly... Sometimes my Engrish does come out quite poorly, because I am distracted because of work. Regardless, the message while muddled is quite understandable, so why don't you stop wasting time and actually respond to the parts you do understand.

He odviously sees both sides are scum... so he isn't poking at one side or another. He seems to equally dispise both sides.


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By ekv on 2/4/2012 12:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
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Sometimes my Engrish does come out quite poorly
Not to that level.
quote:
respond to the parts you do understand.
... would that be a jibe at me? Are you seriously questioning whether I understand the conversation?
quote:
He odviously sees both sides are scum...
Which while obvious, does beg the question: "If that is the case, why bother?" Hence my line of reasoning. What's your line?


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