During a late July stop at the General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck facility, where production Chevrolet Volts will soon roll off the line, President Obama sat at the helm and drove the Volt. That is, if you consider driving the same as rolling along for ten feet. Obama hopped out and offered his initial impression, stating "I'm telling you guys, pretty smooth." The President's words mirror those of Michigan Governor Granholm, who recently spent some "real" time in the Volt.
This week, Granholm grabbed a spot in the Volt, albeit in the passenger seat, with her husband at the wheel and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop in the back. The foursome tooled around Lansing, the state's capitol city, and as Governor Granholm stepped out, she raved:
It's so quiet, you think you're in a luxury vehicle to begin with and the power is fantastic. You should ask Dan these questions cause he was behind the wheel, but I can just tell you from my perspective as a passenger, it was smooth, seamless, it was beautifully designed. GM should be very proud of this.
And proud is what GM ought to be, but only if the Volt's "pretty smooth" and "seamless" abilities translate into sales of its $41,000 ($33,500 after federal rebate) vehicle. Mayor Virg Benero exited the vehicle and exclaimed, "This car is the future." We certainly hope he's right.

You can watch a video of a bit of the drive here.

[Source: WLNS, WILX]


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