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By Zach McDonald ·
August 17, 2010

Largest U.S. Dealership Chain Announces 'Zero-Tolerance' Price Gouging Policy for EVs

With an informal survey suggesting that nearly a quarter of Chevy Volt dealers plan to charge more than $10,000 above MSRP—and one dealer expecting a $20,000 markup—it's nice to see a white knight step up and promise to play nice. AutoNation—which controls 272 dealerships nationwide, including 27 Chevrolet dealers and 24 Nissan dealers—has announced a zero-tolerance policy toward price gouging on early EVs.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 17, 2010

Lear Announces Chevy Volt Supply Relationship

Shortly after announcing plans for a new Detroit-area manufacturing facility—and less than a year removed from bankruptcy—the parts maker Lear Corporation has revealed a long-term collaboration with General Motors to produce components for the Chevy Volt. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Lear has been quietly collaborating with GM for two years, engaging in weekly meetings that have allowed it to form a non-traditional, relationship with the carmaker.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 13, 2010

Renowned Auto Critic Rush Limbaugh Doesn't Like the Chevy Volt, Upsets Gov. Granholm

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Rush Limbaugh has an opinion about plug-in cars. "The domestic automobile manufacturers have been forced to design and make cars that fewer and fewer people wanted because the environmentalist wackos had taken control of the regulatory agencies at the federal government," said the radio host. Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm responded by calling Limbaugh "un-American."

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 12, 2010

A Volt vs. LEAF 'Showdown' on NPR's Science Friday

The waiting lists for the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF contain quite a few rabid fans of each vehicle who have sometimes been known to knock the other's technology or vision. But expect things to be very civil this afternoon when Chevy's Tony Posawatz and Nissan's Mark Perry sit down together on NPR's Science Friday.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 09, 2010

Volt versus LEAF: A Case Study in Preventing Price Gouging

Let's recap, and make this simple. With G.M.'s decentralized ordering process for the Volt, dealers are in control and will jack up the price. With Nissan's centralized process, customers are in control, so dealers have to fight for the business--sometimes by reducing the price. Another lesson learned on the way to 1 million plug-in cars on U.S. streets.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 04, 2010

Internet Poll: Almost a Quarter of Dealers Planning on Price Gouging Chevy Volt Customers by $10K or More

General Motors might not be worried that $41,000 is too steep for what is, essentially, a midsize family sedan from Chevy with some majorly green bells and whistles, but what if that price were to average more like $48,000, or even $51,000? According to an informal internet poll, more than half of Chevrolet dealers are planning on charging more than the Volt's MSRP of $41,000, with almost a quarter of those planning on charging $10,000 or more above the MSRP.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 03, 2010

Chevrolet Volt Price Gouging Starts Early; California Dealer Asking for $20K More Than List

Reportedly, a dealer in California is asking for a whoppingly ridiculous markup of $20,000 more than the list price of the Chevrolet Volt even before the car has gone on sale.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 02, 2010

Due to "Strong Public Interest," GM Decides to Build 50% More Volts in 2012

During President Obama's tour of the Detroit-Hamtramck facility where the Chevrolet Volt is currently in production for an expected on sale date later this year, GM took the opportunity to announce that they are upping production numbers for the highly anticipated car from 30,000 units in 2012 to 45,000.

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By Nick Chambers ·
July 29, 2010

In Marketing Volt, GM Uses "It's a Real Car" Defense, Potentially Hurting Rest of Plug-in Industry

Nissan and GM have found themselves waging a delicate war of words as they try to woo customers to their competing plug-ins. But has GM gone too far with their most recent claims that, compared to the competition, the Volt is a "real car"? By making those claims, and essentially saying that a pure battery electric is not a real car, is GM shooting the whole plug-in movement in the feet?

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By Brad Berman ·
July 27, 2010

Thoughts on Low Lease for Chevy Volt

G.M. had a very tough challenge in coming up with the right price for the Volt. Yet, turning up the purchase price, and dialing the lease cost way down, doesn’t feel right.

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