Akerson's shot at the Prius rang out like this:
GM's CEO then turned his attention to the Volt, stating, "This actually looks good."We commonly refer to the geek-mobile as the Prius. And I wouldn't be caught dead in a Prius.
Akerson's blunt comment, directed at a rival manufacturer, is common in the industry, but rarely is the world's best-selling hybrid the target of such negativity. Maybe Akerson's speech was meant to show that GM is – after accepting a government bailout, emerging from bankruptcy and losing the position of the world's top automaker to Toyota – ready to duke it out and go toe-to-toe with its competitors once again, but why pick on the Prius? A geek-mobile? Call it what you want GM, it's still hugely popular.
[Source: Christian Science Monitor]