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In the spring and into the summer, Chevy Volt sales were very low, but GM attrituted that to a supply problem, which itself was laughable. And of course it turns out GM’s excuse is not entirely true — big surprise I know.

Taxpayers were really taken for a ride on this deal:

Sales of the much-hyped Chevy Volt fell to new lows as did GM share price as July auto sales figures came in. Only 125 Volts were sold during the month of July. Recent reports attributed the slump to supply constraints as GM spokeswoman, Michelle Bunker, was quoted as saying that the Volt was “virtually sold out” and only a “few” were available nationwide. I have confirmed that this statement is not entirely truthful and have gotten clarification from GM through Director of Communications, Greg Martin.

A search of cars.com site showed nearly 500 Chevy Volts listed for sale. I had originally assumed that GM dealers were advertising vehicles that were not actually available for sale, since GM has stated that there were only a “few” Volts available. I decided to call a few dealers within 75 miles of my location to determine what the true situation was. I stopped my research after finding that five of the first six dealers I called had Volts in inventory available for immediate sale. Two of the five dealers even had two each in stock. I can now safely assume that GM is, once again, not being entirely honest with its facts. The demand for the Chevy Volt is not as strong as GM would have us believe.

I’ll bet the private-sector demand isn’t even that high. Many of the “sales” of Volts have been because the government purchased them.

Mark Modica at the National Legal and Policy Center asks what I’m going to go ahead and assume is a rhetorical question:

Another question that arises is why the media is so gullible when it comes to reporting statements made by GM. The Chevy Volt comments are very easy to verify. It was not hard to get to the truth about the number of Volts available, why does the media spread the unfounded hype for the Chevy Volt? Why would the comment by GM on balance sheet cash go unchecked?

The mainstream media isn’t fact-checking what the Obama administration and its auto manufacturing wing are spoon-feeding them about the electric lemon? What a shock (pun partially intended).

But don’t worry — your tax dollars will still be thrown toward manufacturing the batteries… just in case somebody decides to start buying Volts. Either way the unions win (it wasn’t a coincidence that Obama was handed a $2.4 trillion blank check for the next 18 months and the first group he met with were union leaders).

Update: Just got this on Twitter: “If there’s a shortage of supply, it’s a shortage of supply of buyers”

Comments

14 Responses to “Chevy Volt Sales Hit New Low”

  1. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 11:43 am

    At the weekend climax of debt negotiations, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka blasted Republican leaders, who insisted that tax revenue not be part of any debt reduction deal, for "acting like dictators — putting their political interests before the good of the country."

    Just what I want from my pResident after a Debt Deal. Run to the loving arms of the Unions. What scum.

  2. backwoods on August 3rd, 2011 11:47 am

    The people pushing this garbage should be charged with battery and confined to a dry cell.

  3. backwoods on August 3rd, 2011 12:07 pm

    The thought of driving a Chevy Volt does not give me a charge.

  4. cdl on August 3rd, 2011 12:23 pm

    Someone should make a tee shirt with the above pic on it with the caption…

    The Chevy Dolt.

  5. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 12:29 pm

    "The Chevy Dolt" ( we have a winner! )

    Blurring the lines between the private & public sectors is the aim here. The Dolt is just a front for that mechanism. Progs lay awake nights conjuring up schemes that involve fabricated urgency, public funding and tax loopholes more to their liking to sculpt glorious consumer's behavior.

  6. cdl on August 3rd, 2011 12:38 pm

    What the libs will never figure out, until they actually try to turn a profit, is that businesses cater to customers' wants, not idealogues'.

    You can lead a horse to water, but…

  7. Marshall_Will on August 3rd, 2011 1:31 pm

    cdl,

    Dolt also ignores differing solutions are required for each climate in this country. Good luck getting your Volt to take you to work on time in Duluth in January..?

    Using solar a/c in Atlanta in July. Using bio-diesel SLUDGE in your tank in Maine winters! Any "green solution" will have to be tailored for each specific region. 'Solar'… in OREGON!? Please tell me you're kidding.

    This is why the Feds need to butt out. No singular, gov-mandated approach will even begin to work. Volts for those that want them in PHX/LA? More power to you. Should 'I' be subsidizing it when we've got a totally different set of challenges here in the Pac NW?

  8. Granny55 on August 3rd, 2011 1:45 pm

    The EPA under Dick Obama's direction is trying to close every last coal plant in the US. Where do they think all the electricity is going to come from to run these pregnant roller skates? Typical liberals – never a process thought out or the long term consequences. I'll drive a heavy duty pick up truck until the day I die or the day Obamacare decides I have no more time on earth, which ever comes first.

  9. Dexter_Alarius on August 3rd, 2011 4:16 pm

    If courses would allow these air conditioned carts on their paths, they may sell more.

  10. Hyperfobea on August 3rd, 2011 5:58 pm

    The lies are spoon-fed to the rank and file at the assembly plant in Hamtramck too (home of the Volt). It's a common line among TCs and mid-level management that "every Volt on the line is already sold." Of course they mean to GE, right?

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    Yes, you're absolutely right.

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