The Official Car of the Republican Party
It was conceived, designed, engineered and developed under a Republican president, by a capitalist corporation. The purpose of bringing this car to market was to maximize profits. The top executive pushing for the accelerated development of this car is a well-known outspoken Republican with impeccable Republican credentials.
Republican car buyers are more likely to drive Rolls Royce and Bentley, because they appreciate and are willing to pay for cars that are silent, vibration-free and butter-smooth. So this ultimate Republican car needed to trump Rolls Royce and Bentley in being even more silent, vibration-free and butter-smooth.
Whether you drive a Rolls Royce or a diesel pickup truck, a faithful Republican driver needs gobbles of torque, so that there is dramatic responsiveness to the accelerator. As a result, this Republican car has 273 lbs of torque available already from the first fraction of a second. Not even a Rolls Royce or a Ford diesel pickup truck delivers this much torque so quickly!
Some of the most popular cars of the 1% have adopted the designs of four bucket seats, separated by a thick center tunnel. Examples include the $90,000 Porsche Panamera and $200,000 Aston Martin Rapide.
Not surprisingly, the ultimate Republican car incorporates this design element as well.
What all of these ultra-luxury cars also have in common are thick doors, thick pillars, massively efficient brakes and five-star crash ratings. No doubt, so must the ultimate Republican car.
Republicans are better prepared for war than Democrats, so the ideal Republican car must be flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances in the field. Just like our finest aircraft carriers and submarines, it needs to be able to run on nuclear power if the driver deems it fit.
Finally, the ultimate Republican car must also be able to reduce your taxes. Surely you have paid way too much in taxes, and deserve to see a reduction in your liabilities. You really don't want to send any more money than necessary to the government bureaucrats, do you?
So what car is this ultimate Republican car?
It's the Chevrolet Volt.
Development Under Bush
Hard-core General Motors (GM) Vice Chairman Republican Bob Lutz started the Chevrolet Volt project in January 2006, one year into George Bush's second term as president. The first prototype was shown in January 2007, and the full project was approved by GM's board of directors shortly thereafter.
After the development and engineering phase, the production version of the Chevrolet Volt was unveiled on September 16, 2008, after which it entered durability testing and the factory outside Detroit was prepared for volume production. Last time I checked, even after the development culminated in the unveiling of the Volt on Sept. 16, 2008, the McCain-Palin ticket was polling close to 50%.