|A 2015 Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in gas-electric hybrid the news media insists on calling an electric car.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
What's all the shouting about?
Since 2011, Chevrolet has delivered about 85,000 Volt plug-in gas-electric hybrids in the United States and about 5,000 more in Canada.
That sounds like a sales flop to me, not a cause for celebration.
You'd have to add in sales in Europe and Australia through October to reach the 100,000-car milestone marked by the Gas2 blog and other media.
No one is saying how many hundreds of thousands of gallons of fossil fuel those cars burned or measuring how much pollution they poured into the atmosphere.
For a real success story, you have to look at Toyota, which sold more than 200,000 Prius gas-electric hybrids in each of the last three years.
From 2000 through December 2014, the Japanese automaker delivered nearly 1.5 million hybrids in the U.S. alone.
The Volt, including the redesigned 2016 model, represents the continuing failure of auto giant GM to answer Nissan and Tesla, leaders in all-electric cars.
A 2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI powered by a turbodiesel, direct injection engine that is both peppy and far dirtier than the automaker acknowledged.
Back-up camera puzzle
Why in heavens would you want to turn off the camera?
The Mercedes rode roughly over North Jersey's deteriorated streets, and all of the tossing motions made me more uncomfortable than I was in my 2010 Toyota Prius.
I feel sorry for the elderly woman who owns the car, because its advanced technology is almost totally inaccessible to her.
And to think the MSRP of this piece of crap is close to $40,000.