GM repsonds to cliams from Audi America's boss
8 September 2009

General Motors has responded to Audi of America’s boss Johan de Nysschen’s claims that the Chevrolet Volt was “a car for idiots”.

Speaking to veteran American journalist Lawrence Ulrich, de Nysschen said that few customers will be prepared to pay the estimated £25,000 asking price for the Volt, which will go on sale in Europe as the Vauxhall or Opel Ampera.

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"No one is going to pay a $15,000 (£9000) premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla,” said de Nysschen. "So there are not enough idiots who will buy it."

In response, GM spokesman Rob Peterson claimed the firm was surprised he had chosen to insult fellow car enthusiasts.

“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's being "hoodwinked by our government" then count me in.”

De Nysschen has apologised if he had been "unclear" about the fact that he isn’t opposed to electric vehicles, and said he didn't remember specifically saying the Volt is a car "idiots". Audi will unveil its own electric car concept at the Frankfurt motor show next week.

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8 September 2009

If not idiotic, smug, self-opinionated, sanctimonious fools then what is the name for someone who spends £9k more for a car than its petrol equivalent?

8 September 2009

hmm he didnt get the gist of the comment either by saying "“Very surprised Mr de Nysschen was so quick to insult the intelligence of electric vehicle and Volt enthusiasts,”

the audi boss didnt insult enthusiasts of electric cars, merely customers who waste their money by buying an overpriced Volt. there is a big difference in context.

its hard to know what GM might be thinking about this, they are publicly commenting on it perhaps to put audi in a bad light by portraying them as arrogant and negative, but they were already scared that their volt is behind the times in technology and their budgeting is all wrong. by maintaining this dispute in public for me it perpetuates the initial suggestion that the electric volt is not good value, that is what the public will consider the most when it comes to their cash, not which brand has the moral high-ground over bickering published in the press.

8 September 2009

[quote beachland2]its hard to know what GM might be thinking about this[/quote]

I think they are probably delighted. The comments show how worried Audi (and no doubt others) are by the Ampera/Volt.

8 September 2009

[quote beachland2]the audi boss didnt insult enthusiasts of electric cars, merely customers who waste their money by buying an overpriced Volt. there is a big difference in context.[/quote]

Yes - there certainly is a big difference between an idiot buying an overpriced Volt and an idiot buying an overpriced Audi.

Not.

8 September 2009

The Volt was out of date a few years ago (when was it when we first heard of it? - I think about 2005) - and it still isin't even on sale.

If GM are thinking that this car is going to save them, then they are idiots.

My opinion: I think this is going to be the biggest motoring flop since the Ford Edsel (if it ever actually does go on sale).

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

8 September 2009

[quote Dan McNeil]

Yes - there certainly is a big difference between an idiot buying an overpriced Volt and an idiot buying an overpriced Audi.

Not.

[/quote]

hmm, well lets see what the 3 year devaluation differences are between the audi and the volt shall we?

8 September 2009

[quote Lee23404]I think they are probably delighted. The comments show how worried Audi (and no doubt others) are by the Ampera/Volt.[/quote]

i think it shows that volt are in big trouble. the comment came from ridicule not fear.

8 September 2009

[quote beachland2]hmm, well lets see what the 3 year devaluation differences are between the audi and the volt shall we?[/quote]

Hmmm yes, let's see, can't wait to check that out. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Oh yes, yet another group of idiots are these who masturbate over residuals.

8 September 2009

i dont know why your posting, the main point of your post was to suggest the volt was as good value as an audi possibly? or have you joined the circus and put on your oversized boots?

9 September 2009

I kinda follow Dan's thinking here. I mean, don't you think Audi's (VW's and family) are a "tad" overpriced?? As for residuals, well I couldn't reply to that any better... Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of EV's, but give them a shot... they are trying to do something there. Plus, insulting is definitely NOT the way forward

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