It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
The Volt isn't a bad car, but no one to speak of is buying any of the hybrids or plug in hybrids. They still represent less than 3% of the market, and that's divided up between about 36 different hybrid models.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.
'A study by a Michigan-based research firm Polk found that only 35 percent of hybrid-owners choose to purchase another hybrid. Even worse, if you remove the Toyota Prius, the most popular hybrid from the mix, commitment to hybrids drops to 25 percent. This means that a whopping 75 percent of non-Prius hybrid customers chose to ditch the hybrid – and this is for the greenest of green consumers, mind you.'
More People Are Buying Hybrid Cars. So Why Won't They Stick With Them? - Forbes
Not even most hybrid owners like hybrids (apparently).
Hybrid and electric cars see record sales in March - Boston.com
The trend will only speed up as gas prices and CAFE standards continue to rise.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
"GM says the fleet sales were to corporate buyers and not to rental companies. The number of Volts sold to townships receiving federal grants remains unknown. The corporate sales claim makes sense as crony company, General Electric, starts to make good on its promise to buy thousands of Volts. Of course, GE benefits by selling charging stations for the vehicles."
"an interesting statistic was revealed on GM's sales conference call. Government purchases of GM vehicles rose 32% from last year."
Chevy Volt Fleet Sales Rise, Government GM Purchases Increase
Ford has 7 of 10 models tops for owner loyaltyFord may be reporting impressive, but lower earnings today because of trouble in Europe, but here's some good news for the Blue Oval: Seven out of the 10 models that engender the most brand loyalty in the U.S. are Fords, new research from Experian Automotive said.
Overall, Ford owners were 46% loyal to the brand. Toyota was second as an overall brand.
That's the top. The very pinnacle of loyalty in car buyers. At the bottom in 2011, things were much worse.
Cars With The Most Brand-Loyal Buyers - ForbesThe least brand-loyal were found to sports car owners, with just 21 percent buying another equally racy model, and those driving mid-range SUVs – a segment that been steadily losing traction to car-based crossovers in recent years – at 21 percent.
So if we apply your logic, then auto makers should probably stop building sports cars, right? I mean, they commonly only seat two (not 5), and cost waaay more than 40K. Add to it, loyalty for sports cars is very low. Apparently, sports cars are duds, right?
The sports car analagy is a different animal. There is always a market for a niche item, be it a high grade kitchen appliance or a a vehicle. As long as the item can be produced in a sufficient quantity and with a price agreeable to the typical consumer of that vehicle, and all this can be done at without subsidies, than the vehicle will succeed. The direct comparison here is sports car vs sports car, and some will fail, some will succeed.
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.