• Nov 24, 2010
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President Barack Obama – well, technically the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) – is responsible for purchasing almost a quarter of all the hybrid vehicles that Ford and General Motors sold in the U.S. in the last two years. The GSA, which handles the duty of purchasing the government's fleet vehicles, snagged 14,584 hybrids in the past two fiscal years, accounting for around ten percent of the 145,473 total vehicles that the agency purchased in that same time frame.

According to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request, the GSA's hybrid vehicle purchases break down like this:
  • 3,100 hybrids were purchased with $300 million that the GSA received from the 2009 economic stimulus package.
  • 5,600 gas-electrics were bought from proceeds obtained by selling older government fleet vehicles.
  • The GSA paid, on average, $5,281 below the sticker price for its hybrid vehicle purchases.
  • Hybrid models, bought by the GSA, ranged in price from $23,072 to $47,079.
  • The GSA purchased a mere 17 Toyota Priuses and just five Honda Civic hybrids in the past two years.
  • The government bought 64 percent of all of the Chevrolet Malibu hybrids manufactured since the day that Obama took office.
  • 14 percent of all Ford Escape Hybrids purchased in the past two years landed in government fleets.
  • 29 of Ford Fusion Hybrids manufactured since early 2009 were bought by the GSA.
Those numbers tell the story. The GSA's hybrid vehicle purchases have boosted sales of some of Ford's and GM's gas-electric models. At the same time, the government agency has failed to help out automakers such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW and others that employ thousands of U.S. workers. It's a one-sided buying binge that has impacted the bottom line of two automakers.



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[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the big story?

      That the US government buys its vehicles primarily from US auto manufacturers..
      And that they bought efficient ones quite a bit...

      WOW.
      Let me get on the pone to complain to my congressman.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is a good news story. Nothing wrong with that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only number I would care about is whether or not the GSA paid more (got less total vehicles) by buying Hybrids rather than 'normal' vehicles.

      For instance, did they spend more by buying a Fusion Hybrid rather than a Chevrolet Impala? If they paid more, does the fuel economy difference make up the difference?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Over the lifetime of the vehicle, that gas savings will pay out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess is they paid more than a gas version would have cost, but probably still less than a gas version would cost a normal consumer. The increase probably wasnt much to go for the hybrids, and considering how much fleet vehicles get driven, it will probably work out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised that the government was buying most of the Malibu hybrids. They didn't seem popular with individual customers, and for good reason.

      I'm not particularly surprised about the Ford Fusion numbers either.

      I don't get the attack slant on this article. Is it possible for ABG to be about cars and not partisan politics?

      The stimulus money is supposed to be spent domestically. Toyota and Nissan don't make hybrids domestically. And which BMW would you have the government buy? BMWs cost a lot more money than a Chevy or Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummmm... Camry & Altima Hybrids are produced domestically.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fusion hybrid is made in Mexico. You would be better off for American jobs to buy from transplants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Booyah! Now start buying pure EVs and PHEVs, please.

      -The GSA paid, on average, $5,281 below the sticker price for its hybrid vehicle purchases.

      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The GSA is an independent agency of the us government. The administrator is appointed by the president, but otherwise operates independently of the president.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you are saying the president has the power to fire supreme court justices at will? They are presidential appointments.

        Do a little research to educate yourself about how The GSA and other independent government agencies work.

        • 4 Years Ago
        All presidential appointments serve at the pleasure of the President. Do you honestly think any administrator operates independently of the President?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because I'm sure those 14,584 hybrids split between two automakers who sold a combined total of more than 22 million vehicles in those two years made a truly dramatic difference to their bottom line.

      Oh NO! 0.07% of Ford and GM's sales came from the United States Government! Unfair advantage!

      What utter wankers wrote this?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Eric Loveday

        Wow! What an absurd article; are you whining that the US government didn't buy products from forreign automakers? Are you kidding me? So if the money went to Japan or Germany, that would be great eh?

        You need to have your head checked man.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Eric Loveday

        Wow! What an absurd article; are you whining that the US government didn't buy products from forreign automakers? Are you kidding me? So if the money went to Japan or Germany, that would be great eh?

        You need to have your head checked man.
      • 4 Years Ago
      but do you prefer that they ride around in Mexican Fords over US-built BMW's (or US-built Nissans, Toyotas, Hondas, etc.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on guys... you are supposed to be outraged, remember?
        • 4 Years Ago
        AHHHHH Rabble Rabble Rabble Obamarama
        • 4 Years Ago
        That socialist Muslim Kenyan automobile executive in chief buying up cars from government motors! Pfffft!
        • 4 Years Ago
        AHHHHH Rabble Rabble Rabble Obamarama
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the government was NOT favoring American automakers in this way it would be a travesty. This sort of encouragement helps us all by encouraging the production of efficient vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm quite all right with government employees moving around in Fords and Chevy's instead of BMW's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Had the government bought Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans, the writer would have complained that the American taxpayers money is being given to foreign manufacturers. What is this site, Fox News?
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you buy a large car, truck or SUV, you're making a commitment to spend $30,000+ in gas over a ten year period. So, this program, will cut the US Tax Payer's bill in half. The program should be expanded.

        • 4 Years Ago
        But it's socialism!

        What are you, a Nazi? ;)
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