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Completing the Obama Administration's plan to replace its fleet of government vehicles with newer, more efficient vehicles, the U.S. General Services Administration is reporting that it has purchased roughly $210 million worth of new vehicles from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

Of the three American automakers, Ford was the clear winner of government funds with a total of 7,924 Blue Ovals bought and paid for at a total of $129 million (about $16,280 per car). GM was well represented too with the Fed's $105 million outlay bringing in a total of 6,348 cars from The General (about $16,540 per car). Predictably, Chrysler held up the rear with a total of 2,933 vehicles purchased for $53 million (about $18,070 per car).

Though the breakdown of actual models purchased has yet to be released, the GSA says each of the new vehicles will replace a fully operational older vehicle that was ready to be retired. To qualify for the program, the new vehicle needed to achieve better fuel efficiency than the car it is destined to replace. In other words, we can only assume that the old fleet of Crown Vics are being turned over with new Fusions.

Soon, the GSA plans to complete its spending ways by investing another $15 million on a new fleet of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles. See the official press release after the break.

[Source: General Services Administration]

PRESS RELEASE:

GSA Orders $210 Million Worth of Fuel Efficient Vehicles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration is one step closer to fulfilling its responsibilities outlined in President Obama's economic recovery legislation. On June 1, 2009, the agency ordered 14,105 fuel efficient vehicles for the Federal fleet using $210 million of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

This brings the total number of fuel efficient vehicles ordered by GSA using ARRA funds to 17,205 at a cost of $287 million. The breakdown includes:

2,933 Chrysler vehicles for $53 million;
7,924 Ford vehicles for $129 million; and
6,348 General Motors vehicles for $105 million.

"This order represents just one of the multiple ways we are helping our customers meet their economic recovery and green government initiatives," said Acting Administrator Paul F. Prouty.

On April 9, 2009, GSA announced that by June 1, 2009, it would spend about $285 million in ARRA funds for commercially available fuel efficient vehicles. On April 14, 2009, GSA ordered 3,100 fuel efficient hybrid vehicles, worth $77 million. By September 30, 2009, GSA will order $15 million worth of advanced technology buses and electric vehicles for use in the Federal fleet.

"GSA is committed to spending Recovery dollars quickly and wisely," said Commissioner James A. Williams of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. "Simultaneously, we are focused on acquiring vehicles that will provide long-term environmental benefits and savings by increasing the fuel efficiency of the Federal fleet."

Each new fuel efficient vehicle replaces, on a one-for-one basis, operational motor vehicles in the federal inventory that met replacement standards. Each new vehicle will have a higher miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating than the one it replaces.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I for one am tired of seeing Toyotas and Nissans as government and civil and even private fleet vehicles. With several large domestic automakers it's embarrassing. I doubt Germany, Japan, France, Korea... have Fords or GMs as Fleet vehicles, yet somehow in the US civil government seems happy to drive around in cars made by offshore based automakers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought most "Japanese" cars sold in the US were made in the US. I think in Europe Fords are probably pretty common as government vehicles, and a lot of Fords are made over there. In Brazil, I saw plenty of VW's and Chevrolets used as government vehicles--all made there. In any case, most American cars are based on foreign chassis now. Most Fords are Mazdas. There are GM cars based on Australian (Holden), Korean (Daewoo), and Japanese (Toyota Matrix) cars. I've seen Chrysler vehicles based on Mercedes and Mitsubishi designs. So whats the difference if it is still made in the US? Its no longer black and white like it was in the 70's. This is a globalized world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A non-american company manufacturing and selling cars in the does indeed provide jobs for Americans, but the profits go back to its home country. Revenues generated by companies operating globally thus benefit their home country the most. With all the things that implies (currency strength, budgets improving in the base country, thereby increaasing standards of living, infrastructure investment, all that good stuff.)

        The arguement that something is manufactured here and that's ok cause it creates American jobs is a red herring.I;m not saying that there are zero US automaker cars in service in fleets in Europe, I'm saying countries with strong national pride in their automakers likely do not have a sinle foreign made vehicle in fleets.

        Germany's VW, BMW, and Benz, Italy's Fiat, France's Renault, Citroen and Peugeot... I'm sure some US vehicles pop up here and there, but not in the frequency and number foreign made cars pop up in fleets here. I'm tired of seeing my local government using Prius and Altima's for example. It's high time those were droped for Fusions and the goverment showed some honest backing to the domestic companies that help provide our standard of living.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What are you guys suggesting!?!?!? That we let the Republicans back in charge and DOUBLE the deficit again like they did under George W. Bush?!?!?!! I used to be a republican, but their spending carelessness and reluctance to fix a problem BEFORE it costs lives has alienated me. Sorry, but I will take my chances with Obama before I vote for a Republican who is GUARANTEED to carelessly spend.

      There was a time when Republicans were the the "Conservatives" and would spend less, but Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush showed that those days are LONG over. Not to mention that McCain (someone i supported in 2001) wanted to continue George W. Bush's financial policy.

      Republicans are all about cut taxes on EVERYTHING, and that is awesome, but reality sets in soon or a later, and the deficit shows that.

      Remember that only one of the Last 5 presidents have had a budget surplus in 2 straight reports... Bill Clinton, it is unfortunate he had to leave office the Republicans took over with their careless spending, over abundant tax cuts, and paranoid defense spending...

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you hit the nail on the head. The republican party used to be intellectual and factual in their approach to Government, ever since Pres. Reagan expanded the Republican base to include the radical right, things have gone down hill and the GOP has become both emotional and by proxy paranoid. Thinking about it, there is a resemblance here to that saying "You are what you eat", Republicans have become a reflection of their radical base. As sad as this sound, your leaders: Michael Stele et al favor catering to an emotional base rather than an intellectual one, they fear the challenge of a honest, productive National debate.
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I'm broke I drive my old vehicle. The Govt. is now bankrupt, and what do they do? Buy new vehicles. WIsh someone could explain that to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its disgusting how much of your and my money the current administration is spending.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're crying over $287mill?? What about the $600Billion in interest Bush's war is going to cost? Or the $10Billion in Iraq reconstruction money that disappeared?? I'm really tired of rethugs crying and screaming every time the government spends money on anything, as if they were so fiscally responsible when they turned a $2Trillion surplus into a $1Trillion deficit and ran up $5Trillion in new debt in 8 years. All that is irrelevant but its OUTRAGEOUS that Obama and Dems are buying new cars for government fleets. OUTRAGEOUS! Shut up and stop squawking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Polo - Worse yet they toss the word "clown" around among clowns! God help them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        on behalf of Charles Darwin, I applaud your decision not to reproduce.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Disgusting? I think a better description is SCARY!

        I am second guessing my wifes and my decision to have children now because of what this administration is doing. Sad but true.

        As optomistic and excited as I am about EV's and the future of green vehicle tech, the other side of me is terrified to see what these clowns do to our future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... Dick.

      • 5 Years Ago
      At less than $15,000 per car, they are getting a pretty good deal.

      I hope they crush the old gas hogs so that they do not go back on the road....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking forward to new additions on www.gsaauctions.gov because that's where all those Suburbans and Crown Vics will end up. I particularly like the big white Ford vans formerly used by the "Migra"; great for camping! Occasionally your local coke dealer's former pride and joy pops up, courtesy of the US Marshals. Check under the dash of that Gallardo for delicacies!
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