The Chevrolet Volt should be used to the negative remarks by now. The latest came from Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen who said, No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a Corolla.
So there are not enough idiots who will buy it. He made this statement during a media dinner with Lawrence Ulrich from MSN Autos in Carneros, Calif.
When asked about the potential buyers for pure electric cars, he couldn't stop the sarcasm from seeping through when he said the EVs are for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are.
Nysschen suggested to the US government to pay more attention to diesel-powered vehicles since these are more powerful and reliable and will have a bigger and more immediate impact on the environment. Well, Nysschen isn't the only one criticizing the Volt.
Even GM has deemed the Volt as not commercially viable and has been open in saying that it is a risk for both GM and Chevrolet.
Bob Lutz, GM vice chairman, said the Volt could need plugging in on a daily basis, in order to achieve 230 mpg. What this means then is that customers would pay $15,000 for a PHEV, but get instead more of an EV.