Volt Birth Watch 66: John McCain's Leap of Faith

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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During his visit to MI, presidential candidate John McCain dropped his automaker-unfriendly talk of California's emissions standards to focus on the "game-changing" plug-in hybrid electric – gas Chevrolet Volt. Maverick reputation notwithstanding, McCain was only too happy to lead in the self-congratulatory cheerleading. "The eyes of the world are now on the Volt and this will be not only be about the jobs or economy of this great and beautiful state," McCain said. "It's also about the future of the world. We have to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil as a national security issue." Surrounded by competitive products like the Chevy Cobalt, McCain called the the Volt "another great leap forward in American history." Meanwhile, GM CEO Rick Wagoner showed his understanding of engineering. He told McCain that "If this doesn't work perfectly, we can do everything else perfectly and it's not going to work." This while admitting that the Volt development team is "pushing the time envelope." Uh-oh.

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  • Jeff Puthuff Jeff Puthuff on Jul 18, 2008

    At least the 82 Cavalier had a "body by Fisher".

  • Raskolnikov Raskolnikov on Jul 18, 2008
    "When did the Cobalt suddenly become competitive? That’s news to me. Although I guess if I had to choose between a 2008 Cobalt and a 1982 Cavalier, then the Cobalt is competitive because it’s less 1982ish than the Cavalier." If you take an honest look you may realize it certainly is competetive for its class, I think the term "class leading" would justify your ire. Read more about the Cobalt SS (Supercharged or Turbo) for further proof.

  • Megaphone Megaphone on Jul 18, 2008

    Maybe if the election thing doesn't work out McCain could be the new CEO of GM, after all he has flown a plane into the ground before.

  • Faster_than_rabbit Faster_than_rabbit on Jul 18, 2008

    McCain destroyed five planes, megaphone, not just one. Just the man they need to clear out the "damaged brands."