Another Obama Success Story: GM Suspends Volt Output Due to Slow Sales

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

They can’t give this piece of junk away.

General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its well-known but seldom-sold Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, according to trade publication Automotive News.

It would be the second interruption in production for the Volt, which can go 38 miles on battery power before needing a recharge from its gasoline engine or via a plug-in.

Automotive News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will suspend production from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15. Leaders of the UAW told the plant’s 1,500 union workers about the scheduled downtime last week, the source said.

Well, that does give them more time to hit the campaign stump for Obama. They should be honored for the privilege.

Obama, meanwhile, plans to buy one when he’s out of office, assuming they’re still in production  next January.

“But I liked sitting in it,” he said to laughter from conference attendees. “It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself.”


15 Responses to “Another Obama Success Story: GM Suspends Volt Output Due to Slow Sales”

  1. Frank G on 27/27/12 at 9:25 pm

    yep. 5 years from now he won’t be President…I suspect that will be true a LOT earlier as well. Get a 2013 model, asshole

  2. Multitude on 28/28/12 at 8:48 am

    Excuse me, but GM isn’t shuttering the plant for a month because of declining interest. According to senior Obama administration officials, they’re limiting production to ensure the elite status and exclusivity of the vehicle. Not just anyone can get a Volt, you know. As the majority of sales have been to the government, the Volt is a distinguished Party vehicle, a people’s auto ( hence Voltswagen) that only the most distinguished of party officials can be permitted to drive on behalf of the people.

  3. lester on 28/28/12 at 8:52 am

    People not interested in paying thousands more for an “electric” car that gets worse milage than a conventional car? Shocking.

  4. JC on 28/28/12 at 9:31 am

    The only real purchaser of the Volt has been GE – which supplies most of the electrical hardware for it. With the additional subsidies, General Electric is getting the things damn near free, which explains the order for 25,000 of the blessed things – very nearly the entire production run.

  5. Jonathan Silber on 28/28/12 at 10:42 am

    When in January Obama, having been put out of office, is turning the keys to the White House over to Romney, it would be satisfying were Romney to escort the Obama family to the curb where a Volt awaits them, help the four cram into the vehicle, close the door after them, and wave them a goodbye.

    They’d be running on gasoline before they got as far as the ‘burbs.

  6. Ziv on 28/28/12 at 10:52 am

    The Volt is a great car, if you haven’t driven one, you just don’t know how much fun it is to drive. It has one problem and it is a big one. Batteries prices are dropping 8% a year, but the battery on the Volt costs around $8,000. So the net price of the Volt at $32,500 is just too high for most car buyers. But if you can afford it, it is a great way to stop subsidizing al Qaeda. They are averaging about 2,000 sales a month (plus the Ampera sales in Europe) so they are starting to show up all over. The Volt lets you buy all American electricity to power your car for up to 38 miles, then drive all day on the gas genset. Half of American gasoline is imported, so the Volt keeps your dollars at home.
    If you want to support American, buy an American made Volt!

  7. Mickey M on 28/28/12 at 11:22 am

    And pray tell where this magical electricity comes from to charge the damn battery? Since the greenies want to ban coal and petroleum, and won’t allow fracking or shale extraction? And nuclear is bad too. So how many windmills will I need on my roof?

  8. Blue Hen on 28/28/12 at 4:58 pm

    Ziv: The Volt lets you buy all American electricity to power your car for up to 38 miles

    You think that this is a selling point? This thing has the same range as an electric car produced almost a century ago. You are a fucking idiot.

  9. HeftyJo on 29/29/12 at 10:39 am

    “So the net price of the Volt at $32,500 is just too high for most car buyers.”

    Uh, that’s the price after all the gov’t subsidies. Some reports say that if GM were to sell the car minus all the gov’t kick backs it would actually run about $80,000. Bob Lutz original vision for the Volt was that of a halo technology car. Obama wanted a million Volts on the road by 2015. So, he gave GM 23 billion dollars to develop and produce a more practical sedan. If you add up all the Volts produced it comes out to over $200,000 per car. Only the government could find a way to give a car company $200,000 to turn a $80,000 car into a $40,000 car.