http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072705834_pf.html The new Chevy Volt is coming out. The price tag: $41,000 (!). This Government Motors car is nearly $10,000 more than the comparable Nissan Leaf. Ah, the merging of unions and government. Now we can pay even more for inferior vehicles. Hybrids eventually caught on...but it took a while. But the premium was a few thousand dollars more...not $20,000 more. Not to mention... The Volt recharges sloooowly...people will forget, not get a full jolt, and will end up on the side of the road. No auto company has a good track record with rushed production (Chevy Vega, anyone?)...but especially a totally new platform, and especially a company with issues like GM (financial issues, quality issues, leadership issues). When they were trying to get the Volt up to Washington during the automaker hearings a while back, they kept breaking down. Now that's encouraging. GM as a whole has been behind Nissan for years in quality. Why would anyone pay $9,000 more for a vehicle that is, statistically, likely to be inferior to its cheaper competitor? When one can get a Honda Civic for $20K that gets great mileage and is an outstanding car...or a Prius for $25K that gets 50 MPG...why would one pay so much more? This is going to be interesting for GM. I smell another bailout.