Originally Posted by paintmered
There's a difference in saying that the Volt doesn't meet your needs as saying that it's not as worthwhile of a car as a TDI, even at the same price point. Perhaps your daily commute is considerably longer than 20 miles. The majority of commuting Americans do live within 20 miles, and the Volt is potentially a much better fit for their lifestyle.
Your second point about reliability and early adoption is true. There is more inherent risk with any technology that is not fully matured. And for that reason, a TDI may be the better choice today. But it's not necessarily correct to assume that a VW will be inherently more reliable than a Chevy, at least according to JD Power. And to Chevy's credit, they have a 10-year/80,000 warranty on the batteries and electric motor system.
I'm not saying the Volt isn't a worthwhile car. My main point is that the price Chevy's charging for a car geared toward commuters is way too steep when there are other car makers putting out less expensive options that get good gas mileage and are more useful.
After watching the Super Bowl ads, I checked out the info on the Sonic just because I hadn't heard much about it. It seems to be marketed toward younger buyers maybe just out of college. But when you compare it to other cars marketed toward that age group, there just seem to be more attractive options out there. After the government bailout, I would think GM would make more of an effort to draw in buyers of smaller passenger cars, but it still seems to be stuck in "sell more trucks and SUVs" mode.
It's a shame, because I grew up in a family that bought GM. My first car was a 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix and I loved it. I've owned Pontiacs, an Olds and Chevys. I went away from GM in the late '90s because of reliability issues but came back and bought a G6 with my wife in '05. Of course GM got rid of Pontiac and the G6. I want GM to sell me a car, but when I look at what they're putting out, I just don't get excited. And my GM buying family members all switched to Hondas years ago. Heck, I never would have bought a Ford, but looking at what's out there right now, Ford has some nice models.