From NBC's Chuck Todd
There is a fascinating fact sheet that is making the rounds among folks with American auto industry interests. Clearly, someone at GM is not happy about the president's remarks last night regarding hybrids.
Here's what the president said at the press conference: "I'm not an auto engineer. I don't know how to create an affordable, well-designed plug-in hybrid. But I know that, if the Japanese can design an affordable, well-designed hybrid, then, doggone it, the American people should be able to do the same."
To try and correct the record, someone at GM points out.
"GM offers nine different hybrid models for the 2009 calendar year, more than any other automaker. With affordable hybrids like the Chevy Malibu, Two-Mode Hybrid vehicles like the Saturn Vue, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, we have the widest variety of hybrids that fit every need."
GM hybrids include:
1. Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
2. Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2-Mode)
3. Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Crew Cab (2-Mode)
4. GMC Sierra Hybrid Crew Cab (2-Mode)
5. GMC Yukon Hybrid (2-Mode)
6. Saturn Aura Hybrid
7. Saturn VUE hybrid
8. Saturn VUE 2-Mode Hybrid
9. Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (2-Mode)
GM also maintains it will offer 14 different hybrids by 2012.
GM intends to offer 14 hybrid vehicles by 2012.
Now, double-checking the president's words again last night, he did use the "plug-in" description which is different from the current GM hybrids. But the supporter of GM is upset that president didn't acknowledge the hybrids that GM does have on the market.