In the wake of last week's bruising hearing on Capitol Hill about the safety of the Chevrolet Volt (which itself followed an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that concluded plug-in vehicles do not "pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles") former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has written a column for Forbes that strikes back against the media (especially conservatives) who are attacking the car he thought would be one of his most important legacies.

Politicians and members of the media on the right, from Mitt Romney to Neil Cavuto, have talked smack about the Volt, and Lutz says this "has attracted my attention and ire." In typical Lutz fashion, he doesn't mince words, writing:

The Oscar for totally irresponsible journalism has to go to The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, with, as its key guest, Lou Dobbs. Amid much jocular yukking, the Volt was depicted as a typical federal failure. ... Boiled down to the subtext, Dobbs' message was this: "All Volts catch fire, and therefore all Volts have been recalled." That simply isn't the case. ...

To top it off, these two media pros lamented the fact that the same government that had forced GM to produce the Volt was now extending $7,500 tax credits towards its purchase, thus squandering even more of "our taxpayer" dollars on this failed Socialist-collectivist flop. Truth? The $7,500 tax credit was enacted under the Bush administration!

Don't let Lutz's words make you think he's taking a left/liberal stance. He's still a self-declared "conservative Republican" who hates that right-wing talking heads are spiraling downward into this sort of "deliberate misstatement of facts." They "have managed to make me embarrassed to describe myself as a conservative," he writes, adding, "Let's leave the 'invention of facts' to the left-wing climate-change alarmists." There – that should offend pretty much everyone who's not in the dead political center.


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      Thunder938
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem with the Volt is simple....MMM..PRICE, I would love to have a Volt, i over live less than 5 miles from work. But when they were first out 45 grand, or so, plus dealer mark up..then MMMM wonder why none are being sold. Cool car in the 25 to 30 range and I think the sales would be better.
        P.Z. Dawkins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        It's almost like new technologies initially cost more and gradually come down in price as the technology improves and is gradually sold in larger quantities.
          PikeAndPine
          • 2 Years Ago
          @P.Z. Dawkins
          Ford and Toyota has the right mix down and in turn will be able to bring hybrids to market faster and cheaper. The sooner GM can land the Volt powerplant into an MPV, and other vehicles / brands under the GM umbrella, the better they'll be able to bring down costs and justify the billions dumped into this program. The Prii family will win on cost and Ford's program will win on its diverse offerings with a exceptionally strong showing for its Mid-size(Fusion) and C-segment(Focus) cars (best-in class gasoline, hybrid, and plugin hybrid offerings) as well its availability in its C-Max MPV's, and what many suspect will also resurface for it's Escape. No brand is currently as Bold as Ford in this regard offering up the power of choice and the perfect mix to bring down costs the fastest. Much better then perhaps GM which dumped billions into a hybrid-only model for that "wow-Factor" instead of getting it into as many products as possible. In the meanwhile, the Volt is a failure, but it's not one we should dump and simply abandon. The payout may be mid-decade when we see it fully employed throughout the GM product range, so it is an investment. It doesn't deserve half the awards and undeserved hype that it's gotten and so it deserves our criticism. It is in a sense the "people's" car in that our bailout dollars completed this near lifeless program so it is different when one criticizes something that their taxdollars built.
        You guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thunder938
        Maybe they should have posted this tech in a Cadillac first.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the idea of the Volt, just not the fact that it and other green cars are subsidized by the taxpayers.
      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think at the price point (which has beaten to death by other people) this car can't win as a Chevrolet. If this were a Cadillac? I think it would be doing significantly better. XRE = eXtended Range Electric. The Volt's interior is pretty nice. Wouldn't take a whole lot to get it to Cadillac snuff.
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        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        unfortunately that will get your downrated.
      shle896
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just another reminder of just how whacked out the GOP and Fox "News" have become. At this point nothing they say surprises me. They are both a JOKE..
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an overpriced 4-seater economy car. Get over it Bob NUTZ, it's a failure.
        bman78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clearwater
        so a car that is priced in the 40k range sells almost 8k in its first full year of sales is a failure? the Prius sold less then 6000 the first time it came in the USA. not to mention the volt drew a lot of customers to the chevy showrooms who bought different cars.
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      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Faux News, Truth's slaughterhouse.
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          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @seaurchin: Considering you have, by far, posted on this article more than anyone... I'm starting to wonder if you have a job.
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      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Republicans = domestic terrorist
        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        LOL, I just love it when the entitlement minded UAW workers get all pissy because the rest of the hard working American's can't stomach funding the UAW terrorist.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      The Other Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe a lawyer can answer this: At what point does Fox cross the line to the point where GM can successfully sue for Fox lying about their product?
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        @The Other Bob
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          A_Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          Did you read the article? ...that part about the $7500 credit?
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          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          More like Bush bribery. And it applies to all new technology hybrids and electrics, to take a little off the sting of paying so much for green tech. Not just GM you idioy. If a Republican who oversaw its creation is willing to admit that the rebate is Bush's 'fault', I think that speaks volumes on the matter.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      somebody had to say something to save the Volt - it would really suck if this car died because of hype and spin.
      BTCC
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an asshat. Bob Lutz is still trying to be relevant. It's comical at best. Just go retire and STFU Bob, nobody cares what you think.
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