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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 2/2/2012 10:12:47 AM , Rating: 2
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Third GM didn't need bailed out from a cash and poor management situation, GM needed bailed out of its Union situation, you look at Automotive Union pay-rates vs. inflation, and those Union have demanded higher and higher wages to the point of near if not hyperinflation, hyperinflation cannot be sustained, something had to be done and the loss of thousands of Auto manufacturer jobs, along with thousands of auto supplier jobs along with thousands of natural resource jobs, added to the thousands of dealership level jobs, adding in the Hundred of thousands of service industry jobs and well if you don't get the idea yet you never will.


The bailout didn't fix this problem. In fact Obama made it worse. Unions are a huge contributor to Democrat's in general. But Obama especially got huge amounts of campaign contributions from the UAW and other Unions. He actually gave the UAW shares of GM, a move which I must point out, is actually illegal.

This is why people like me are so angry about GM, the Volt, the whole thing. We see our President using billions of dollars of public money to pay back the unions blatantly, engage in crony capitalism, everything. The whole thing stinks of corruption and greed and selfishness. It's everything that's wrong with politics and big government.

The UAW is not only stronger than before, but they have an actual leadership stake in GM itself! He bailed out the pension plan that was killing GM, like you said. He gave them shares. He put union members on GM's board of directors for god sakes. Do you realize what that means? He handed GM to the unions. Things will never change for the better now.

And before any of you people say "Hey, Obama himself didn't do all that". Remember his "Car Czar"? That's right. Someone appointed by Obama, unanswerable to everyone - even Congress - completely above the law carrying out Obama's expressed orders. Obama DID do all those things.

What happens when the money runs out and GM is facing the same union-driven problem years down the road? They had a real chance to restructure.

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Second, the EV market is growing and will continue to grow, number may not be very high as far as sales but they do sell all they make, by Volt 2.0 the Volt will be a very strong competitor to the Prius(s).


Provided Obama keeps the price of gas and EV subsidies high as hell?

I say enough of the Government picking winners. If the EV market grows, let it grow on it's own. Let Capitalism play out as it should. Purposefully manipulating markets and inflating the cost of gas is NOT the way to do it.

In closing, the Obama administration has a clear and present vested interest in the success of the Volt. A car. Is this something you honestly feel should be the role of our government and President?

And as far as Lutz and his rant goes, he can just suck on this.
http://nlpc.org/stories/2012/02/01/answers-and-que...


RE: Typical Fox Uninformation
By Black1969ta on 2/18/2012 4:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
How did Obama make this worse when "Obama" was not in office in December 2008?

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He actually gave the UAW shares of GM, a move which I must point out, is actually illegal.


It has been almost 2 years since the restructure, if this was illegal, name and link the court case.

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The UAW is not only stronger than before, but they have an actual leadership stake in GM itself! He bailed out the pension plan that was killing GM, like you said. He gave them shares. He put union members on GM's board of directors for god sakes. Do you realize what that means? He handed GM to the unions. Things will never change for the better now.


I don't see the UAW owning part of GM as a bad thing. The UAW had GM by the "Balls" before, now they have a vested interest in what benefits GM as a whole; whereas, before UAW only cared about benefiting UAW.

Don't get me wrong I am not Pro-Union, I think when founded they were very useful in balancing power between the capitalist giants and individual workers, but now laws do most of that for us. Unions are antiquated now.

As for the Auto Czar, he does answer to the president, his sole purpose was to ensure that the minute details of allocating the bailout money authorized by H.W. Bush did not steal too much of Obama's time and focus.


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