General Motors Retaliates, Volt isnt for Idiots

Wednesday 09 September 2009, 00:00 AM by Satish Kalepu

General Motors retaliated on Audi boss’ comments who called the new Chevrolet Volt as “car for idiots.” Audi boss De Nysschen commented that few customers will be willing to pay the hefty amount asked for the new Volt that goes on sale in Europe as the Vauxhall or Opel Ampera. "No one is going to pay a $15,000 (about Rs. 7.30lakh) premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla,” said De Nysschen. "So there are not enough idiots who will buy it."

General Motors spokesperson Rob Peterson came back with an official statement commenting that the company was “Very surprised Mr De Nysschen was so quick to insult the intelligence of electric vehicle and Volt enthusiasts,” he said. “Not so surprised that Audi is taking a bold stance given their entrenched diesel position. EVs will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and tailpipe emissions – if that are being "hoodwinked by our government" then count me in.”

Audi and Volt controversy brewed up too fast and hit the top news stories around the world. De Nysschen has already apologized if he was “unclear” about the fact that he was not opposed to electric vehicles. He also stated, “he didn't remember specifically saying the Volt is a car ‘idiots’."

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