There has been speculation that the Obama administration would favor government-owned carmakers but this doesn’t appear to be the case at all. In fact, Ford Motor Co. sold the most cars and trucks to the federal government this year for the first time since 2005.
According to the US General Services Administration, Ford sold 21,980 vehicles to the US government in fiscal 2010, exceeding the number of vehicles sold to General Motors Co. by about 540 vehicles.
Meanwhile, Chrysler Group LLC sold 13,063 vehicles. These data were obtained under a Freedom of Information request from the US General Services Administration, which coordinates most federal vehicle purchases.
Last year, the US administration engineered bailouts totaling $85 billion of GM and Chrysler and their finance units. Rebecca Lindland, an analyst at IHS Automotive in Lexington, Mass., said that there had been “paranoia” that the government would purchase GM and Chrysler models to help them out. She said that Ford was seriously concerned about this possibility.
According to agency data, the GSA accounted for nearly a quarter of sales of hybrids by US-based automakers during Obama’s presidency. This had helped Ford get the advantage over GM.
In the last two years, Ford sold at least 11,066 hybrids to the US. GM, on the other hand, sold 3,316 hybrids.
GM had discontinued sales of its highest volume hybrid, the Chevrolet Malibu, last year. Mike Moran, a Ford spokesman in Washington, said that what the GSA alternative-fuel vehicle guidelines concentrate on are raised fuel economy and lowered emission levels. [via autonews - sub. required]