The situation with GM’s (and the taxpayers’) Volt is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that Volt awareness has gone up over the last two months. The bad news is that Volt awareness has gone up in the wake of publicity over the government’s investigation of the car’s potential safety hazard.
The Detroit News reports that the Volt had its worst sales month since August, as negative publicity over fire risks hurt vehicles sales in January. The publicity gave rise to another good news/bad news situation: “GM sold just 603 Volts – above its sales in January 2011 but far below GM’s best-ever sales month in December, when GM sold 1,529 Volts.”
More good news: the numbers are way up from July 2011, when GM sold 125 Volts and the center of Volt gravity could be located in Jonathan Last’s neighborhood. Of course, the bad news is that every one of these sales comes with a taxpayer subsidy of $7500.
On second thought, maybe the good news is the bad news. To apply the Leninist doctrine: the worse, the better.