Middle America: "What the Hell is a Volt?"

Mike Solowiow
by Mike Solowiow
middle america what the hell is a volt

Rocking-up at the Oklahoma City International (?) Auto Show, I asked a GM spokesperson about the upcoming electric gas plug-in Chevrolet Volt. "We have been instructed to not discuss the Volt too much, but to steer people interested in it to the newly released hybrids because we want them to focus on those released products, and not on the concept that might not make it to production soon." After being steered towards said hybrids, I gathered quotes from a few Oklahomans. Tim W. from Edmond: "Are you F-ing nuts? I wouldn't pay that much for a Yukon!" Addison M. from Edmond (11 years old): "Mom, it looks ugly." (refering to the Yukon). Michelle S. from Moore: "The Acura looks better, feels better, and still gets better mileage" (Acura TSX v Saturn Aura Greenline). And Topper M. from Norman: "What the hell is a Volt?" Obviously, this wasn't a scientific sample. But it looks like GM PR has its work cut out promoting its eco-friendly cars with Mr and Ms Middle America.

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  • Mike Solowiow Mike Solowiow on Mar 16, 2008

    Jonathon, That was her quote, not mine! I corrected her, and she replied with: "well, the EPA always lies."

  • 50merc 50merc on Mar 16, 2008

    "Oklahoma City International (?) Auto Show" It's "International" because there are cars from overseas. And it sounds classier. Oklahoma City likes that theme. Its airport is called Will Rogers World Airport. And a traveler can go anyplace in the world from there--once he's flown to an airport that has international flights. There are three big air facilities in OKC: Will Rogers, Wiley Post Airport, and Tinker Air Force Base. All three are named for individuals who died in airplane crashes. Not that there's anything wrong about that.

  • Jonathon Jonathon on Mar 17, 2008

    Mike: Well, I guess people will believe what they want to believe.

  • KixStart KixStart on Mar 19, 2008

    Jonathon, That lady trusts Honda more than GM thinks the EPA will lie to make GM look good. That is a huge problem for GM.