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Former president George H.W. Bush jumps on the Volt bandwagon

The Chevrolet Volt has been battered and bruised over the course of the past six months. The vehicle has weathered an NHTSA investigation into fires, attacks from the members of the media, and production slowdowns. However, General Motors is now touting that the plug-in hybrid had its best sales ever during the month of March.
 
According to Bloomberg, over 2,000 Volts were sold during the month, surpassing the previous high of 1,529 units in December 2011. GM also claims that it sold over 100,000 vehicles during the month that have an EPA rating of 30 mpg or better. Rather conveniently, GM only cites the highway rating instead of the combined rating to reach that 100,000 figure -- the EPA combined rating takes into account both city and highway fuel economy and is closer to what most drivers will see in the real world.
 
"GM's strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent, and we have more new fuel-economy leaders on the way."


Former President George H.W. Bush bought a new Chevy Volt for his son, Neil Bush
 
In other Volt news, former Republican President George H.W. Bush bought a Chevrolet Volt. Fox News reports that the former president bought his son, Neil Bush, a Volt for his birthday.
 
In February, current President Barack Obama promised that he would buy a Chevrolet Volt once he leaves office. "Five years from now when I'm not president anymore, I'll buy one and drive it myself," said President Obama in a speech to members of the United Auto Workers in late February.
 
The Chevrolet Volt has a base MSRP of $39,145 before a $7,500 tax credit and can travel for up to 36 miles on battery power alone.

Sources: Bloomberg, Fox News, General Motors



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RE: Of course
By slunkius on 4/3/2012 1:06:24 AM , Rating: 2
But there is no such oil source which could satisfy american appetite for long. the consumption is just too big, and with developing countries increasing their consumption too, prices will inevitably go up, because domestic drillers will happilly sell to highest bidder


RE: Of course
By Samus on 4/3/2012 2:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. It has nothing to do with practicality. For some reason, Audi's are the best-selling luxury cars in the world, when they are more expensive, less reliable, and half poor fuel economy compared to virtually every model class from Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, Lincoln and Cadillac.

What's practical about a $45,000 VW Golf that is the A4?

Nothing. But people keep buying the hell out of them. The AWD thing is a gimick, too. Most people will never take advantage of it, and I read awhile back that over 90% of Audi Quattro packages sold have the winter package declined, so they are driving year round with Summer or All-season tires at best. Any front or rear-wheel drive vehicle with Winter tires will outperform any AWD car with Summer or All-season tires in any task. Go ahead and ask anyone in Colorado, where the number of Subaru owners is the highest in the country, and almost all of them have high-quality all-seasons or winter tires. Many have studed/spiked tires, and the state requires you to carry tire chains in your vehicle at all times.

You could have a vastly superior BMW 3-series or Merc C-class for 30% less, without the poor fuel economy, crap ride quality and needless repair costs of AWD.

Don't even get me started on DSG transmissions...

Practical? When did that have anything to do with consumer decisions when buying a automobile. If everyone wanted a practical car, we'd all be driving a Focus or Mazda 3.


RE: Of course
By rich876 on 4/3/2012 8:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
A Ford Focus or a Mazda 3, you've got to be kidding. For one, the Chevy Cruze has it all over both of these cars.


RE: Of course
By Jeffk464 on 4/3/2012 8:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
BS, every review I have read places the ford focus at the top of the list. The Chevy has a solid beam rear axle, which is pure crapola.

Top three in this order
Focus
2013 Mazda 3
Civic

P.S. the Mazda 3 really got revamped with great gas saving technology for 2013


RE: Of course
By Keeir on 4/3/2012 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 3
Sigh.

quote:
For some reason, Audi's are the best-selling luxury cars in the world, when they are more expensive, less reliable, and half poor fuel economy compared to virtually every model class from Mercedes, BMW, Volvo, Lincoln and Cadillac.


Errr... I am pretty sure that

A. BMW sells more each year than Audi
B. Lincoln is clearly an inferior car than most Audis
C. Audi's are cheaper than Mercedes, BMW, Lincoln, or Cadillac in the US priced equal to equal
D. Audi's have better fuel economy (typically) than the above brands.

quote:
What's practical about a $45,000 VW Golf that is the A4?


A. Wheel base of VW Golf, 101.5" and a Transverse Engine Layout
Wheel base of A4, 110.6" and a Longitudal Engine Layout

ERRRRRRRRRR... What?

B. Also note that in the US, the A4 bases ~33,000. Oh you mean the V6 powered S4 is in some way the same thing as a I5 powered VW Golf? Confused.

quote:
The AWD thing is a gimick, too. Most people will never take advantage of it, and I read awhile back that over 90% of Audi Quattro packages sold have the winter package declined, so they are driving year round with Summer or All-season tires at best.


A. All Wheel Drive doesn't require Winter Tires. Winter requires Winter Tires.
B. You mention Subaru. Subaru is the same boat. 100% of Subaru's are sold withou winter tires. Its not even an "option".

quote:
Any front or rear-wheel drive vehicle with Winter tires will outperform any AWD car with Summer or All-season tires in any task.


A. What? No. Only during "winter" conditions.

quote:
You could have a vastly superior BMW 3-series or Merc C-class for 30% less, without the poor fuel economy, crap ride quality and needless repair costs of AWD.


A. Current price of a BMW 335xi sedan is the same as S4. Current price of a BMW 328xi sedan is higher than most A4s. Oh and the EPA rated Fuel Economy is essentially the same.

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All in all, WTF. The article and all comments are not about any VW Group product. Or any BMW/Mercedes/German product. Or any luxury class product.

Why the hate friend? Own an Audi that had a big repair bill? Made to feel like less of a man by an Audi owner?

Maybe either address the article, address the comment, or address what is making you angry instead of all the misguided and completely unfounded hate.

Audis are relatively expensive. But they are

A. Cheaper in the US than most "luxury" cars
B. Have the same fuel economy and feature set
C. Sell in less numbers (US) than Mercedes, BMW, or Caddy (and Lexus)
D. Share a limited amount of parts with VW group other brands (excluding the A3, which does share the same platform as the Golf)
E. Reliability is just slightly worse than BMW (US) and Mercedes (US) according to most sources, though Mercedes has been getting marked better in the US


RE: Of course
By Spuke on 4/3/2012 4:42:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I agree. It has nothing to do with practicality.
There's more Camry's sold than BMW's and Audi's entire lineup combined. Of course people buy mostly practical cars in the US! This is how we roll over here. There's not one luxury or sports car on the entire top 20 list of best selling cars in the US.

Feb 2012 Sales
Toyota Camry - 34,542
All of BMW - 21,204
All of Audi - 8,531


RE: Of course
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2012 6:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The AWD thing is a gimick, too.


May you burn in hell for this.

Sent from Android phone via Subaru Impreza


RE: Of course
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2012 6:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But there is no such oil source which could satisfy american appetite for long.


I love how it has to be ALL OR NOTHING! If we increase our domestic supply we could decrease our imports relative to that amount. We would also revitalize a crippled industry. It would also lower the cost of gas at the pump, that's a fact, the competition would drive crude prices lower. Stop buying the hype and look at the facts. This Administration has crippled our energy production industry, killed off thousands of jobs, and is costing us more money.

quote:
and with developing countries increasing their consumption too, prices will inevitably go up, because domestic drillers will happilly sell to highest bidder


WTF are you talking about? The cost of gas everywhere in the world is priced in US dollars. Oil is so high because our money is worth so much less with every passing quarter. Demand from developing countries isn't the only reason. And if we increased our domestic supply, we could buffer ourselves from these factors.

People don't "bid" on oil auction style anyway. Where do you get this stuff?


RE: Of course
By Reclaimer77 on 4/3/2012 8:35:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The cost of gas everywhere in the world


edit: oil, not gas.


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