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Chevy Volt: “Car of the Year” in Europe

This is so loaded with irony I can’t even count the ways:

Days after General Motors announced it was temporarily suspending production of the Chevy Volt, the electric car was named European Car of the Year.

The Geneva Auto Show announced Monday that the Volt, which is sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera, was named its 2012 Car of the Year ahead of its annual car show that opens this week.

Europe, tottering on the brink of financial collapse because of unsustainable welfare state spending names a heavily subsidized car from a company owned in the majority by government that no one will buy as its pick of the litter (why, because it fits an agenda that no one buys as well).

Of course it’s Europe’s “Car of the Year”.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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24 Responses to Chevy Volt: “Car of the Year” in Europe

  • Sparky Pinto (Il Volt) is Europe’s HOTTEST car! Well, if you’re a solid member of the 1%. And you have really cheap fire insurance. And you’re stupid. Then…yah…

  • The Volt will be a success, new technologies often start slow. I think the future is really going to surprise you, McQ. In fact, I think it’s already starting! It is a bit sad how you started with an interesting idea, a “neo-libertarian” perspective and have fallen into posting a lot of right wing drivel. You can do better. Also, you might want to look at countries like Germany and the Scandinavian states – they have advanced welfare systems and are not on the brinnk of collapse. In fact, in many ways they’re doing better than us. Your “narrative” has holes.

    • @scotterb Holes, sure, a $45000 vanity car that gets 38 miles on a full charge, has to have a special recharge unit for your home or it will take you 12 hours to ‘recharge’ for your next 38 miles. Occasionally known to catch fire, sitting in the garage unattended….requires a $10k government subsidy to get people to consider buying it. Has batteries that will have to be replaced after a limited number of years to the tune of $5k+. Sounds like a car for the masses Scott! I guess we’ll just get ‘the rich’ to pay for them.
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      After you roll in the cost of the charger and the batteries and the cost, I’m rather sure you’re quite deep in the hole. How many 38 mile drives when you’re ‘not paying’ (but are because voltage ain’t free)…will it require to recoup the cost of the vehicle even with the cost of gasoline at, say $4.00 a gallon?
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      You haven’t done the simple math have you. It’s not a car the average person in, say, Maine, with an average income of 38k (before taxes) can afford. So, WHO exactly is this car for Scott?

      • @looker The Volt is a car for the ages, looker. (It is rapidly becoming a odd collector’s item.)

    • @scotterb And then there’s your false narrative that the technology is ‘new’. It is NOT new. Do a little research on the EV1, a car GM killed. Hell, I remember when GTE had us driving electric cars from the corporate fleet around town in 1980, we had two of them, the big reminder for employees being to remember to plug them back in when you returned to the General Office.
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      New, yeah, new narrative.

    • @scotterb Detroit Electric built an EV in 1912 using Edison Lead-Acid batteries, it went 100 miles to the charge and could be recharged overnight from a standard house receptacle. As for your social utopia ‘drivel’ even Germany, the most successful of the socialist states, has publicly admitted they’ve over-reached. (Wall Street Journal, IBD). Yes they do have a lot more free time than we, but at the cost of someones lost wages.

      • @Constitution First Now, now… Erp has the historical perspective of a Canada Goose. But think how fun it would be to wake up every morning and think everything was new and fresh!

        • @Ragspierre Does that mean he experiences the discovery of Sarah Palin’s poutty lips and ample breasts and naughty librarian glasses anew EACH DAY? zounds!l

    • @scotterb
      ” I think the future is really going to surprise you, McQ. In fact, I think it’s already starting”

      Don’t you mean, “I have seen the future, and it works!”?.

  • In the future, things will be different! Isn’t it interesting that the standard Collectivist vision is dark and dystopic, and the rest of us look for the future to be brighter and happier? Huh. Wonder why that is…???

    • @Ragspierre Oh, wait, watch and learn? we’re 20th century thinking? uh, inbred sterile ex military types, oh, that didn’t really fit, well, hell, run with it anyway.

  • To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates), despite tearing rural communities apart, killing jobs, despoiling views, erecting pylons, felling forests, killing bats and eagles, causing industrial accidents, clogging motorways, polluting lakes in Inner Mongolia with the toxic and radioactive tailings from refining neodymium, a ton of which is in the average turbine — despite all this, the total energy generated each day by wind has yet to reach half a per cent worldwide. .
    —Matt Ridley (a scientist of the “actual” variety)

    • @Ragspierre No no, I personally saw two groups touting the ‘new agenda’ at the North Texas Irish festival just last weekend. The Green energy coalition, signing you up for your clean power at 8cents a kilowatt hour, pollution free (but of course) and the Chevy Volt give away ladies shouting the 98mpg of the Chevy Volt to all passers by as they tried to get people sign up to win one.

    • @Ragspierre Ahh, but you miss the larger point, Liberal get to feel good about themselves. Now how can you put a price on that? ;-)

  • I would hasten to remind – Europe, the same people who awarded Baracka Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for being the first non-anglo guy to be elected President of the United States. Europe, the same people who spent 5 years on a study that shows consuming water does not rehydrate the human body.

  • Charles Lane wraps up the Volt BS rather nicely in this piece titled, “Electric cars and liberals’ refusal to accept science”…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/electric-cars-and-the-liberal-war-with-science/2012/03/05/gIQA7SpYtR_story.html

  • http://vimeo.com/37540767
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    EXCELLENT Volt vid…

  • Well then GM should ship its inventory to Europe and sell them there!

    • @TheOldMan Wasn’t Sparky Pinto Motor Trend’s or somebody’s “car of the year”? Good press does not a market make…

      • @Ragspierre Sparky Pinto! Can it get it with Firestone 500 tires!?

      • @Ragspierre
        “Good press does not a market make…”

        Obviously that is a sign of market failure.

        • @timactual But Madison Ave. is capable of MAKING us buy crap, according to teh Collective. We have no control in the face of their Svengali-like powers. Somebody is not spending enough on MAD men…