When the federal government wrapped up their investigation of the so-called “fire problem” in Chevrolet Volts with an endorsement of the vehicle’s safety, the real fire came from retired General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz.
In his first blog post for Forbes, Lutz blasted critics who are using the controversy to damage the reputation of the car. “This is a case where distorted coverage by the media left the American public with a set of beliefs that don't correspond to reality, and to me that's not the job of the media,” Lutz said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. “That's the job of a propaganda machine.”
GM has announced plans to retrofit Volts to prevent conditions that caused the fires in crash tests, not in real-life driving experiences.
And the good news for supporters of innovation in the auto industry? Volt sales hit their highest month in December, despite the controversy.
"It's going to happen no matter what," Lutz said of the electrification of the automobile in meetings with reporters at the Detroit auto show.