• Dec 3, 2008

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General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner will be taking advantage of the media circus surrounding his drive from Detroit to Washington D.C. tomorrow. As it seems every press outlet will be covering the roadtrip adventures of the three Detroit leaders as they travel via wheeled transportation to the capitol to beg for billions (remember, no corporate jets this time), Wagoner has wisely dumped the ho-hum hybrid Chevrolet Malibu in favor of a Chevy Volt mule in a Chevy Cruze body during at least the last few highly-visible miles of his journey. Wagoner will still trek part of the route to Washington in the hybrid Malibu, but just not all the way. To take full advantage of the public display, GM will also bring a show version of the highly-anticipated 2011 Chevy Volt to the capitol and put it on display when Wagoner arrives at the Russell Senate Building around 9:30 AM. If you are in the neighborhood (Delaware Ave. and C Street), Wagoner will be briefly talking to the public before he opens his heart to Congress. Thanks, TKTK.


[Source: Detroit Free Press]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Its kind of disturbing that we were so quick to bailout the banks, the mortgage companies, etc. but we won't throw our manufacturing side a bone?

      If WWIII happens guess what you need to make all those guns and tanks - MANUFACTURING!

      Not to mention the jobs and economic impact thousands of unemployed auto workers and related workers would have.

      Someone is systematically trying to destroy this country. PERIOD.

      What is sad is how stupid the American people are! The writing is on the wall people READ IT or enjoy the coming collapse and the new North American Union and the amero.

      Its real, its happening NOW.

      And for f#$k sake, if you need a car buy a f#$king American made one! All this wouldn't be necessary if you A-holes would have done that in the first place!!!

      Don't give me that reliability B.S. either. I drive an 1985 pontiac that's been to the shop LESS than my parents hondas. It won't die, or I would buy a new car!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If WW3 happens we won't need anyone to manufacture diddly squat. Here is a synopsis of what will happen. Some guys in bunkers somewhere will turn some keys and press some buttons, missiles will go streaking into the sky and about 12 minutes later the Earth will be a molten nuclear wasteland with cockroaches as the only inhabitants.


        The second thing I want to mention is that I am proud to live in the USA. That means I have the freedom to choose which damn car I want. I will never buy a car just because it is "American". Many manufacturers have US plants so buying a Camry, Sonata, Accord, etc benefits the AMERICAN workers making them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ijbiohohoho,

        I'm really confused. You just went on a Patriotic tirade, but after my last post I went and checked your history of comments. Two of your last posts mention how you would pick a Jetta TDI over a Volt and how you would buy a Toyota iQ in a heartbeat. That doesn't seem very patriotic to me! A true patriot would be more than happy to hand over his hard earned money for the Volt compared to the TDI because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

        (That was sarcasm for anyone who couldn't tell)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why did I get lowest rank for supporting GM and Ford numerous times?

        My family has owned 3 brand new Saab's and 2 brand new Volvo's.

        So can someone explain why I got lowest Rank please?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would buy a American car if they didn't suck ass!

        I have owned Volvo's.... Ford
        I have owned Saab's.... GM

        But never on earth will I buy a American car.
      • 6 Years Ago

      This drive would also be a real world endurance test drive for the Volt and give the engineering team good feedback on how the Volt performs on a long drive. The feedback could be useful in ironing out the Volt's flaws etc.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think it would be a good idea to do initial endurance testing on public roads with hordes of camera-eqipped media personnel lurking about. The media value nothing above sensationalism these days, and would treat the normal sorts of things that happen early in the testing of a complex machine as proof that GM is failing in its development of the Volt, or something to that effect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ohoihohoihohoihoioio

      you are fail.

      revolutionary change such as the volt is about principle not immediate economic performance. since when has innovation this significant been cheaper (horse buggy to first car, wright bros to apollo)?? also, id like to see you feed the worlds fossil fuel demand with your 2 gallons of mcdonalds oil. you have the same short term, turn a quick buck, complacent thinking as the knuckle heads headed to dc. take a hint from the rest of the 'smart' companies. there is a reason their losses are caped at less than 40%.

      also, its global climate change not warming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      See, Aurari is exactly the epitome of the hole GM/Ford/Chrysler have dug themselves into. Even though their new cars are excellent (C&D call the new Malibu a Camry killer), perception is still bad.

      Anyway, if the CEO's really wanted to save money and fuel, they'd take the train, but who can resist trying to put a little good PR on a bad situation by showing off that you do have products that are good?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they just fly commercial just like any other normal American would? There is absolutely no significance behind driving a flippin hybrid car. I would think a CEO's time would be better spent working on fixing the company rather than driving for 8 1/2 hours each way. Why does he even need to go to congress at all??? Call me crazy but can't they just make a conference call? That, to me, would be the most sensible and logical way to conduct a meeting from long distance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the CEO doesn't have confidence in their product, why should the taxpayers?
        • 6 Years Ago
        When you go to Congress begging for $12B, you show up in person.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is becoming more and more hilarious by the minute. Embarassing... really.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No VOLT Mule ….. he’s making the trip in a Malibu Hybrid.
      See link with photo … http://apnews.excite.com/article/20081204/D94RUQH81.html

      • 6 Years Ago
      So with all the support vehicles and mechanics they'll have along, in case the Volt fizzles on the way, it'll be another real cost saving trip I'm sure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL - you are so right. No doubt this trip will cost MORE than if they just took the jet again!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rabid Rick must have a bad prostate and need to discharge every 40 miles while the Volt recharges.

        Honestly, GM would probably do better if they promoted cars they could actually sell you today. F! Even Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are smart enough to figure that out!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Volt has a gas generator engine to recharge the batteries. He will never have to stop to charge, only refuel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        -Firts of all $200/hour? Never knew that engineers get paid $1000/day = $20000/month. I am one, I must be highly underpaid.

        -Second,
        Don't you think that those guys might be salaried employees? That all drove in one van to DC?

        -Third,
        This will be coming out the pocket of the marketing and eng. department, marketing in these case being a priority.

        -Fourth
        Somebody mentioned that Wagoner should take the $1/salary job like the Ford CEO did. Guess what, he is doing so. Maybe you need to read more info before making false statements.

        here is the plan:
        http://www.gm-volt.com/g/gm_plan.pdf
      • 6 Years Ago
      when is this going to be? i'd love to go down and see the volt!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because he's gonna drive up to dc with a volt doesn't change the fact that he screw up GM. Why hasn't he resign as congress asked him to? why didn't he take that $1 salary like ford ceo? Man, they need new management. Else they're just gonna be back in June next year to ask congress for another package after they get this one. And look people, they originally ask for $25 bil and they up the ante to $36 bil. We're screwed either way. There was a saying my local radio "We'll have to pay for GM's life or its funeral", which is completely true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perfect! A Jack-Ass Driving a Mule.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Volt Mule. Not the Volt itself. Which technically means it will be the Cruze body with the Volt Architecture. Seems pretty good, seeing as he's killing two birds with one stone: Proving that the Volt engine works while also giving a preview of the 40 MPG econocar America will see- that's only if they get the cash in time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        rprovo,

        Don't listen to torrent It specifically says that although he'll be driving the Volt mule, they're bringing the show car along for the media. It would be fun to see in person, plus it's guaranteed entertainment while Wagoner is there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Creative marketing. Diggable.


      • 6 Years Ago
      I would have driven a ZR-1 or CTS-V.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From Senator Reid's comments today, it sounds like Wagoner better be prepared to leave empty handed.
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