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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 Dr of crap on 4/3/2012 8:30:46 AM , Rating: 2
But that $40,00 was worth it - huh?

I could buy 4 cars for that price! And get 30+pmg on all of them!

RE: Of course
By Qapa on 4/3/2012 8:53:26 PM , Rating: 2

1 - No $10k car can compete in car features/luxuries/etc with Volt

2 - Unfortunately, those 4 cars with 30mpg won't get you a total of 120mpg :P

3 - You can't really drive those 4 cars at the same time... what is the usefulness of such comparison? None.

From reports I've seen people indicating, you can see reports of people having driven 1000s / 10k+ / 15k miles... and <10% with gas (in fact I'd say I've yet to see >5%, but I haven't looked hard).

Again, these 2 sentences are really different:
+ not for everyone => true!
- not for anyone => false!

In fact, more people would buy it if they understood it - most people (90%+) only know whatever few words they hear in some TV ad, unfortunately.

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