Obama Motors’ $41,000 fiasco.
How much crack, exactly, has GM been smoking?
Last week, it was announced that the much-anticipated 2011 Volt electric car will be arriving at Chevy dealers this fall — and that it will have a starting sticker price of $41,000.
That’s (roughly) in the same ballpark as a current-year BMW 5-Series or Mercedes E-Class sedan.
It certainly isn’t cheap.
And wasn’t that the whole point?
I mean, the object of the exercise was — allegedly — to build a car that burns a lot less gas… in order to save money.
Right? Otherwise, why bother?
If cost isn’t a factor, then why not just give every American a $100,000 federal voucher for a new Tesla electric car?
At least the Tesla is fast and looks sexy, too.
The Volt’s just another boring family sedan in the Camry-Malibu mold — only it costs twice as much.
So, what’s the logic here?
If it costs as much as a luxury car, middle-class people won’t buy it — not because it’s easy on gas, at any rate. Maybe they’ll buy a $41k truck or SUV or sports car. Because those types of vehicles offer capability or performance or style… or something.
But spending $41k on a car because it’s easy on gas kind of defeats the purpose (that is, saving money), doesn’t it?
Oh, yeah — the global warming thing. Come on. If GM thinks the underwater-mortgaged, rightly freaked-out middle and working class is going to buy a $41k car to save the planet (assuming the Volt does indeed do that, which it doesn’t, either) then truly, what’s in that pipe that they’re smoking?
Apparently no one at GM has thought to ask such questions. Or rather, no one making decisions is asking such questions.
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H/T to National Review Online