Much better looking than the Leaf, don't you think?
Here comes the Volt! Get ready for a ton of press on GM's baby this week, as the company has flown in journalists and industry experts and buyers galore for a "coming out" party to celebrate the car's arrival at dealerships, expected within the next few weeks. In honor of that, I'm going to devote this week's roundup to car news...
Overall, the U.S. automakers’ combined share of the American light vehicle market has risen to 45.1 percent from 43.9 percent, while the combined share of the Asian brands slipped to 46.4 percent from 47.8 percent, according to Autodata Corp. The European brands’ share is essentially flat, at 8.4 percent this year from 8.3 percent in 2009.
Ford is leading the way, gaining 1.5 points this year alone to land at a 16.7 share. Chrysler is riding the strength of the new Jeep Cherokee, up .3 for a 9.5 share. GM has slipped a bit, from 19.6 to 19, due to losing four brands - but look for them to start regaining as well, depending on the success of new models like the Volt and Cruze.
We're coming back, baby. Now, if we can keep the Republicans from throwing the car into reverse and blowing our transmission (ha ha) - we are well on the way to not only the creation of a bunch of jobs right here in Michigan, but decreasing our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Win win.