Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Volt or Milllivolt?


In the past month the Chevrolet Volt has been attacked by the press for battery fires that can occur some length of time after a side impact and, by the Republicans, for being an ‘Obamamobile’. And then GM has to stop production because of lagging sales.

Why is the American press so negative about American products? Are Imports really that much better?

Almost fifty years ago, Ralph Nader was ultimately responsible for killing GM’s Corvair while championing the movement toward safer cars. Turns out that ten years later the Corvair’s alleged poor handling was shown not to exist and that the car was actually very safe. But it was too late for the Corvair, and ultimately the 1960's American small car movement.