January 14 Weekly Open Thread--Complete the following sentence: "Chevy runs _________."
As usual, this is your place for all discussions automotive. I have a couple of items to get the conversational juices going.
First off, in the news last week, it was reported that GM is retiring its "Chevy Runs Deep" tagline in favor of a more "global" slogan: "Find New Roads." In a discussion thread over at TTAC, where the columnists were never impressed with the whole "Runs Deep" thing in the first place, commenters proposed alternatives ranging from snarky ("Find New Management") to serious ("Work or Play, It’s Your Chevrolet"). That last one's pretty good; I think it beats the snot out of "Find New Roads." Any GM slogan ideas from you, the Car Lust readership?
Speaking of Chevys running,...
It is indeed a nice feeling to drive down the street in an uber cool techno-ride (made in the USA) knowing that you are not providing financial support to anti-American scumbags. And not having to stop at the germ-infested quickie-mart to fill the gas tank is pretty nice as well.
In response to a question from me on how the economics of Volt ownership were working out, he elaborated:
... there are no economics to work out. Once properly equipped in pebble leather, Bose sound, 30 gig hard drive, nav, Bluetooth, etc etc, it is a very nice ride. While arguably not quite as chic as the interior of some of my previous euro-trash, it is a well appointed, conservative, stress free interior that is quieter than any car I've ever driven. And, after ~700 miles, I've only burned through a few gallons of petrol. While driving home from the dealer, I was already feeling sorry for folks who do not have electric rides. Until there is a chic all electric with killer range (like a Tesla X) from a company that might actually be around to stand behind a battery warranty, there is not another car that I would want to drive. Gas stations are so last century.
In Ed's case, anyway, it seems that the slogan should be "Chevy runs cheap." His average daily drive is obviously within the Volt's electric-only range envelope, and that's going to help keep the cost of ownership down.
By the way, the best part of a zero emission electric ride is being able to remotely start the vehicle on a cold morning (without opening the garage door) and get everything warmed up while I am eating my breakfast. I am however a little disappointed that I can't start the car remotely with my iPhone; I still need to use the fob. Maybe Volt 2.0 will address this issue.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner