volt http://michiganradio.org en Raising average fuel economy standards http://michiganradio.org/post/raising-average-fuel-economy-standards <p>&nbsp;Environmentalists say significantly raising <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/making-fuel-economy-sexy-detroit-auto-show">federal fuel economy standards</a> will&nbsp;benefit Michigan&rsquo;s auto industry.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Obama administration is considering more than doubling <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/rising-oil-prices-could-fuel-political-rage-20120106">the current average fuel economy standard </a>by&nbsp;2025&nbsp;to more than 50 miles per gallon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:33:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 5763 at http://michiganradio.org Raising average fuel economy standards GM brings back electric, extended-range Cadillac program http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-brings-back-electric-extended-range-cadillac-program <p>General Motors has confirmed that it will develop a Cadillac version of its flagship Chevy Volt.</p><p>Like the Volt, the Cadillac ELR will run on electricity made by a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, or a gasoline generator.</p><p>The car has had an on-again, off-again history.&nbsp;</p><p>As a concept, the then-named Cadillac Converj&nbsp;made a big splash at the 2009 North American International Auto Show.</p><p>GM CEO&nbsp;Dan Akerson says he doesn&rsquo;t know why the program was suspended.&nbsp; The car came up at a meeting shortly after he took charge of GM.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:15:25 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3819 at http://michiganradio.org GM brings back electric, extended-range Cadillac program Consumer Reports calls Chevy Volt a "tough sell" http://michiganradio.org/post/consumer-reports-calls-chevy-volt-tough-sell <p>In its April auto issue, the magazine <em>Consumer Reports</em> calls the Chevy Volt is a &quot;tough sell.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s not the kind of review GM has been accustomed to after the car was released with much fanfare.</p><p>The Volt was named &quot;<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/chevy-volt-ford-explorer-win-naias-awards">Car of the Year</a>&quot; at the Detroit Auto Show.</p><p>The <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110228/AUTO01/102280401">Detroit News</a> says that harsh review from <em>Consumer Reports</em> questions whether the car makes &quot;economic sense.&quot;</p><p>David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Report auto testing center said:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn&#39;t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn&#39;t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it&#39;s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy. This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The car costs around $40,000, but with a government tax credit (a credit some lawmakers want to turn into a <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/plug-electric-tax-credit-should-be-rebate-says-us-sen-stabenow">rebate</a>) the cost comes down to around $33,500.</p><p>The criticism came from the car&#39;s range in cold weather. The Volt&#39;s electric motor range is 40 miles under normal driving conditions, but that range dropped significantly when Consumer Reports tested the car in Connecticut this winter - the range dropped to 25 to 27 miles on electric power alone.</p><p>A GM spokesman said his range was better in cold weather. Again, from the <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110228/AUTO01/102280401">Detroit News</a> article:</p><blockquote><p>GM spokesman Greg Martin noted that it&#39;s been an extremely harsh winter &mdash; and as a Volt driver he said he&#39;s getting 29-33 miles on electric range. But he noted that in more moderate recent weather, the range jumped to 40 miles on electric range or higher.</p></blockquote><p>Other criticisms of the Volt were its 5-hour charging time, and a heating system that leaves your hands and feet cold.</p><p>The magazine gave the Volt praise for its acceleration and for its &quot;taut yet supple ride.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2011/02/honda-subaru-tops-ford-biggest-gainer-in-consumer-reports-annual-report-card/1">USA Today</a> reports that in the April auto issue, <em>Consumer Reports</em> gives foreign automakers Honda and Subaru top honors with Ford positing the &quot;largest gain&quot; in rankings overall. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 21:37:44 +0000 Mark Brush 1463 at http://michiganradio.org Consumer Reports calls Chevy Volt a "tough sell" Stabenow 'excited' for Volt win http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-excited-volt-win <p>Michigan <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Senator Debbie Stabenow</a> visited the <a href="http://www.naias.com/">North American International Auto Show</a> yesterday in Detroit. The Associated Press reports the Democrat said, "she's excited that the Chevrolet Volt was named Car of the Year," at the show.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/chevy-volt-ford-explorer-win-naias-awards">Car of the Year award</a> was announced yesterday morning.&nbsp; The Ford Explorer won the <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/chevy-volt-ford-explorer-win-naias-awards">Truck of the Year</a> award.</p><p>Former House Speaker <a href="http://pelosi.house.gov/">and California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi</a> was scheduled to attend the show yesterday but canceled the trip after <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/01/10/132780010/vitriol-cited-as-possible-factor-in-arizona-tragedy">Saturday's shooting in Arizona</a>.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-visit-detroit-auto-show">plans to visit the show</a> with his Lt. Gov., Brian Calley, later today. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:02:28 +0000 Zoe Clark 826 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow 'excited' for Volt win GM's Mark Reuss talks about auto industry's future http://michiganradio.org/post/gms-mark-reuss-talks-about-auto-industrys-future <p>Today president of <a href="http://www.gm.com/">GM</a> North America, Mark <span>Reuss</span> spoke with Michigan Radio's All Things Considered Host, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/staffwhite.html">Jennifer White</a>.</p><p>The Chevy Volt won the "<a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/chevy-volt-ford-explorer-win-naias-awards">Car of the Year Award</a>" at the Detroit Auto Show. White asked Reuss why the auto company has put so much into the development of the Volt.</p><blockquote><p>"If you look at the electric and hybrid car piece of the industry, it's been steadily gaining in popularity as time goes on. But what does it take to go beyond hybrid? To go beyond the traditional electric car and produce something that really has an exteded range with the gasoline and the battery on board, so you don't have to worry about an electric engine on board?"</p></blockquote><p>Reuss said they accomplished that with the development of the Volt, and that GM remained focused on the Volt through some rough times.</p><p>When asked about the prospects for the new car market, Reuss was upbeat because he says there are a lot of people driving older cars, so there's "pent up demand" for new cars:</p><blockquote><p>"And the reason why I say this is because if you look at the cost to operate some of the newer vehicles from a fuel efficiency standpoint, they're much, much lower than some of the vehicles these people are forced to hang onto."</p></blockquote><p>Reuss said, in the past, the company has been good at engineering and building trucks and some of the "truck variants," but today they're re-focusing their efforts on smaller cars:<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p>"We have refocused with the launch of things like the Volt, and the Sonic for Chevrolet, and then the <span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Verano for Buick. We've really refocused our efforts into excellence in the small and compact car markets. And you're going to see those as really good alternatives in the market as we go forward."</p></blockquote><p>Reuss was asked how he views the automotive industry today. Here's his response:<p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYz6tvYh5YA</p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:21:00 +0000 Mark Brush 824 at http://michiganradio.org GM's Mark Reuss talks about auto industry's future Chevy Volt, Ford Explorer win NAIAS awards http://michiganradio.org/post/chevy-volt-ford-explorer-win-naias-awards <p><strong>Update 11:33 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Here&#39;s a video of Carl Brower, editor-at-large of Edmunds.com talking about the Chevy Volt winning the &quot;Car of the Year Award.&quot;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A53s-N7bG6U</p><p><strong>Update: 10:11 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody spoke with Edmunds.com editor-at-large, Carl Brower. Brower headed the jury of auto industry journalists who picked the Volt. Brower said:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I think the Volt represents not only a break from traditional drive train technology, but a break from the manufacturing image. It&#39;s a hybrid plus. It&#39;s beyond a hybrid. And I don&#39;t know how many people would have believed that a big domestic auto maker like GM could pull this off a few years ago.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>8:23 a.m.:</strong></p><p>It&#39;s just been announced that the <a href="http://www.chevrolet.com/volt/">Chevrolet Volt</a> has won the <a href="http://www.northamericancaroftheyear.org/">2011 North American Car of the Year</a> at the <a href="http://www.naias.com/the-2011-show/overview.aspx">North American International Auto Show</a>.&nbsp; The <a href="http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Ford_Explorer-Sport-Trac/">Ford Explorer</a> won truck of the year. The awards were announced this morning.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>Finalists for the car award were the Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Leaf. Truck finalists were the Dodge Durango, the Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Forty-nine auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada made the picks. The vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.</p></blockquote><p>The NAIAS <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/media-preview-begins-today-north-american-international-auto-show">opened this morning</a> for media previews.&nbsp; The show is open to the public on Saturday and runs through January 23rd. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:30:31 +0000 Zoe Clark, Mark Brush & Steve Carmody 809 at http://michiganradio.org Chevy Volt, Ford Explorer win NAIAS awards GM to hire 1,000 in MI http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-hire-1000-mi <p><a href="http://www.gm.com/vehicles/?seo=goo_%7C_GMBP_Retention_%7C_GM.com_General_%7C_General_Motors_HV_%7C_general_motors">General Motors</a> has just announced that it will hire 1,000 engineers to work on battery technology in Michigan. The jobs include helping to develop batteries for hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Most of the jobs will be at a technical center in Warren.</p><p>The Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101130/BUSINESS0101/101130015/1318/GM-to-hire-1000-to-boost-electric-vehicle-efforts">reports </a>the jobs come as GM:</p><blockquote><p>…prepares to deliver the first Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars next month… GM plans to build 10,000 Volts by the end of 2011 and at least 45,000 in 2012. Initially, the Volt will sell in California, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Next spring, those markets will expand to include Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut and the rest of New York and Texas. Within a year and a half, GM plans to sell the Volt nationwide. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:16:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 402 at http://michiganradio.org GM to hire 1,000 in MI Chevy Volt gets another step closer to showrooms http://michiganradio.org/post/chevy-volt-gets-another-step-closer-showrooms <p><a href="http://www.chevrolet.com/pages/open/default/future/volt.do?seo=goo_|_2009_Chevy_Awareness_|_IMG_Chevy_Volt_Phase_2_Branded_|_Chevy_Volt_|_chevy_volt">The Chevy Volt</a> got one step closer to the showrooms this week. The electric vehicle was unveiled to the media.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:12:56 +0000 Mark Brush 124 at http://michiganradio.org Chevy Volt gets another step closer to showrooms