Not for a lack of trying … GM sells 10,666 Volts, shuts plant down again

I don’t sit down in front of the TV all that often, but it seems like every other commercial, I hear Tim “The Toolman” Taylor [Tim Allen] hocking the Volt. The advertising campaign is not not doing all that well, unless people are going into the showroom to check out the Volt and buying another GM product … like a Chevy Silverado or somthin’

General Motors is temporarily shutting down the Volt’s production line again.

General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its well-known but seldom-sold Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, according to trade publication Automotive News.

It would be the second interruption in production for the Volt …

GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, way up from the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

OK, so they sold 10,666 of them so far this year. I would LOVE to know how much they spent on advertising – print, TV and radio – exclusively promoting the Volt and then dividing that huge number by 10,666. I would not be surprised if the number got close to $1,500 per car.

What is selling? The top 20 vehicles as of Aug. 1, 2012.

14 replies
  1. Murphy
    Murphy says:

    It’s Government Motors now shouldn’t the advertising figures be available through Freedom Of Information?

  2. JBS
    JBS says:

    Wouldn’t it be more effective, for advertising, to have our bystander-in-chief using one of the White House car pool’s? (proposed here) fleet Volts? How about the Capitol Cops? Or, the D.C. Police? An electric fire truck?? That would be a sight! (Each comes with a large windup key for emergencies.)
    Every time I hear about electric cars, I wonder about recharging them and how the power grid is sooooo fragile, a rainstorm plays havoc with it. Do the cars have proprietary plugs? Will every owner be assigned a time to recharge their car? If too many people plug in their car to recharge at once, BBZZZZZZTTTT!!POP!!!FFZZZTTT!!! The power grid would collapse.
    So, aside from golf carts, what good is an electric vehicle? There are very good reasons these things are moldering on showroom floors.

  3. ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012)
    ABO (Romney/Ryan 2012) says:

    They are shutting down the line and retooling for Impalas but they don’t say whats going to happen to the Volt.? Maybe obama told them to not say anything just like the Dept. of? Labor told defense contractors not to announce layoffs till after the election.

    • JBS
      JBS says:

      Chevelle SS 396! Chevy should make cars people WANT to buy.
      The morons at Government Motors (read that as the Obama Regime) want everyone in little economy cracker-box Yugo-things that are scrap after the battery dies or auto-immolates people and things. Ever see a Volt on on a used car lot?

  4. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    I do think that is smart advertising,Tim Allen has some credibility among the idiots who watch a lot of TV.”Duh,let’s go buy one of them things Ma,Mr Tim says they’re real good.”

  5. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    It’s a shame that Americans are too stupid to know which car is best for them. Buy a Volt, you traitors.

  6. johnboy111
    johnboy111 says:

    when i can hall 8000lbs of cow manure in a volt///maybeeeee??my clients will not pay me to make 99 trips that i can make in one with my TRUCK.. am i evil because i use a truck to make a living

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