• Dec 2, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Malibu Hybrid

While it won't get him there as quickly (or as luxuriously) as a Gulfstream corporate jet, GM CEO Rick Wagoner will drive to Washington this week in a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid to ask for taxpayer-funded bridge loans. Last month, Wagoner, Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Chrysler LLC CEO Robert Nardelli, all received some serious flak from both lawmakers and the public when they arrived in Washington via three separate private jets while begging for $25 billion in federal money. All are expected to take alternate forms of transportation this time around, with Mulally already announcing plans to drive a Ford Escape Hybrid. Simple math says Wagoner's Malibu hybrid should only burn about 15 gallons of fuel during the 520-mile trek from Detroit to Capitol Hill, costing the automaker about $30 in gasoline (compare that to the estimated $10,000 cost of the jet one-way). It should be quite the road-trip.

[Source: Google/AP]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how many congressmen are going to be flying in. Specifically the ones who harped on them for flying last time...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the new Malibu. For a large, front-wheel drive sedan, it is really nice and drives well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm, that background looks familiar. You don't see too many Malibus in Birmingham, MI.

      I digress. Now that the execs are taking cars and selling off their private plane fleet, it's only a matter of time before Boeing and Gulfstream start asking for bridge loans.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh! I've driven an Oldsmobile through Birmingham. Rich people don't impress me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Malibu .. great choice. This is a real terrific product from "The General".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if they'll expense the tolls on the Ohio and Penn Turnpikes?

      Better watch out for those Ohio State Patrol Troopers!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just silly window dressing here. The UAW must "give back" the unreasonable benefits to retirees, the Job Bank, and other former union demands that eventually made domestic cars too expensive.

      The good news here is that the U.S. auto industry is proof of the harm unions can do. Most strong unions these days aren't in manufacturing--they're currently ruining government services and public education.

      Time to bust the unions for good because unions are parasites that ultimately kill their hosts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      God this is a stupid conversation, and yet here I am jumping into it.

      First of all, I don't buy this lost time = lost money argument. I know plenty of high paid execs and they aren't creating wealth every second of their time any more than the rest of us. They get paid for their decision making. The input and output of info that leads to these decisions can be made in a car as easily as an aircraft. Cell phones, lap tops, other key people in the car, it is not that big a deal.

      Personally, I like the idea of these guys spending at least 520 miles in their own products. It's probably the only time any of them have spent that kind of time with them. I don't expect any great revelations , but maybe they will have a better idea of what their designers and engineers are talking about from time to time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      who's video taping this? i want to see it all as it unfolds in the car, on wagoner's blog. we could send him questions while he's driving, via OnStar.

      where's michael moore when you need him?

      3 cars my ass...why aren't they carpooling?

      • 6 Years Ago
      and the rest of the entourage travelled how?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Perhaps that 520-mile jaunt to DC will also underscore the need for better highways and other infrastructure?

      I, for one, will not watch any of the hearings. My intelligence is too precious to be insulted by those pompous a**hats and their uninformed bleating again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Hybrid Malibu/Aura is the worst hybrid CAR when it comes to recouping the premium price with fuel savings. To be fair the Honda Civic Hybrid is close second.
      He should drive a Cadillac DTS. Same car a lot of government workers get to use and Warren Buffet drives one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mulally and his Lexus http://tinyurl.com/5d7428

      Weird, man.
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