Crazy Uncle Sam

Mickey Kaus isn’t buying the happy “green” talk that GM will be saved by building mini, enviro-friendly cars:

Environmentalism has become the latest distraction and delusion for Detroit. Chrysler admits that small, fuel efficient FIAT models aren’t going to sell in large numbers–but hey, they’re going to have a “halo effect” that will “burnish” the entire Chrysler line! Chevrolet will only sell a few thousand Volts–but the bicoastal elite appeal of green will suck media-addled buyers into the “reinvented” GM.
No. Detroit cars will sell when they’re bulletproof, not when they’re green (or, in [GM exec Bob] Lutz’s new spin, when they’re made by a company that also sells something “green”). But only one of the Big Three U.S. car manufacturers has made dramatic progress catching up to Japan on the bulletproof front–and it’s not Chrysler or GM.

Now it’s possible Detroit might have gotten obsessed with green cars all on its own and adopted a marketing plan showing no awareness of the public’s buying habits. (Hey, they’ve done it before!) But of course they have to adopt it because this is what their new government overlords want them to do.

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