In December, Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the dusty relic who’s been in Congress so long his length of service can only be determined by carbon-14 dating, claimed the Chevy Volt is “selling like hot cakes.”
What Dingell didn’t mention is that the hot cakes in question are being sold to macrobiotics.
The Detroit News has the January sales figures for the Volt:
Washington- General Motors extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt had its worst sales month since August, as negative publicity over fire risks hurt vehicles sales in January.
GM sold just 603 Volts – above its sales in January 2011, but far below GM’s best-ever sales month in December, when GM sold 1,529 Volts.
Last week, GM North America President Mark Reuss said sales of the Volt have been hurt by bad publicity.
“Bad publicity”? Please. The Volt sales are low because there wasn’t demand for it in the first place!
Sometimes I’m inclined to believe that somebody invented the circumstances surrounding the recall (er, I mean “call back” — sorry) so they’d have an excuse to justify lousy sales on a car that has cost taxpayers a fortune.