It seems like each day the auto industry is becoming more and more mired in the frenzy of election-bid politics, especially with the Michigan primary fast approaching. Earlier this week, the Chevrolet Volt landed in the thick of it.
During a speech in Georgia, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich raised a lot of eyebrows when he lambasted the Volt for its inability to hold a gun rack. Chevrolet executive Selim Bingol fired back this morning via GM's new blog, called BTW:
"Newt Gingrich has taken up saying that 'You can't put a gun rack on a Volt.' That's like saying 'You can't put training wheels on a Harley.' Actually, you can. But the real question is 'Why would you?' In both examples:
It looks weird,
It doesn't work very well, and
There are better places for gun racks and training wheels -- pickup trucks and little Schwinns, respectively.
Seriously, when is the last time you saw a gun rack in ANY sedan?"
During his speech, Gingrich also called the Volt an "interesting experimental car" and slammed it for being pricey. At the heart of Gingrich's message is his opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal to raise electric-car subsidies and the president's use of the auto bailout's success in his re-election campaign platform.
But experimental? Hardly. Cars.com bought a Volt last February. So far, we've put about 16,000 real-world miles on it. As far as adding a gun rack, we won't go there, but USA Today is reporting that one guy actually did. Watch both videos here: