Consumer Reports has harsh words for GM's new Volt
The magazine criticizes General Motors' flagship car for its inefficiency, its short range and its 'annoying' charge time.
The Chevrolet Volt, which GM has put its heart and soul into since emerging from bankruptcy, isn't that great of an electric or gas vehicle, said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' auto testing center, according to The Detroit News.
"When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense," Champion added. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average consumer."
Ouch. And so ends the Volt's honeymoon. The plug-in car had a great coming-out party, winning the coveted "car of the year" award in January at the North American International Auto Show. It was also named car of the year by Motor Trend Magazine.
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But the magazine that the Volt really needed in its corner -- Consumer Reports -- was not as easily thrilled. In its testing, Consumer Reports said the Volt only made it 25 to 27 miles on electric power alone, the News reports. That testing was done during a harsh winter in Connecticut.
GM says that in better weather, the Volt can get at least 40 miles on electric power. The car has a gasoline engine that can pick up where the electric power fails.
Consumer Reports wasn't done yet. Champion said that a hybrid like the Prius from Toyota (TM) may be more suitable. If you drive 70 miles, he said, the Prius will get you more miles to the gallon than the Volt, the News reports.
And the five-hour recharge time on the Volt was "annoying," he said. He also said the heating system in the car was less than ideal.
"You have seat heaters, which keep your body warm, but your feet get cold and your hands get cold," he said, according to the News.
But Consumer Reports isn't going to make a recommendation on the Volt yet. To do so, it needs data from at least 100 subscribers, and a year of reliability studies, the News reports.
Consumer Reports does not rely on advertising income, all those other reviews were for magazines that derive most of their income from automobile industry advertising.
So while Consumer Reports may not have the most scientific sampling paradigm, I trust them way more than the other magazines, at least they are not in the pay of the people they are reviewing.
another GM junk pony. This is why we will wind up kissing 50 billion goodbye, shareholders will kiss 30 billion goodbye and the UAW will tell you why you need them to keep the economy going and another 50 billion please.
motortrend car of the year
thats a joke right? theyre car of the year has been for sale for as long as i can emember
The Volt is not a good product for GM as it cost is very high and the electric range is very short.
GM should have made a smaller car costing much less. GM don't need another sports car.
They need a consumer car and sell hundreds or thousands of them and make a lot of profit.
GM is not a Custom Shop.
The car might be ok for some one that drives very little, but for some one that drive constanly, There will be no time to charge the car.
Sorry, But I am not impressed.
plus the 220V, it sounds like that car was designed for Europe and not the US
I used Consumer Reports when I bought my TV, Blu-ray player, and tires for my truck. Every recommendation was spot on. That is the only unbias reporting service I will read.
The Volt is a POS.
If the Volt was a Toyota consumers reports would have nothing but praise for it left and right.
Toyota can do nothing wrong and GM can do nothing right to consumers reports.
Thank god most people have seen the light of day when it comes to this sorry excuse for a rating agency and stopped listening to their BS reports.
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