Is there a funded, focused, deliberate NEGATIVE campaign targeting the Volt?
There are really two parts to this.
1. There is an astonishing absence of advertising and articles that explain the vehicle and its advantages. I'm no PR expert, but in my seven+ decades have seen many campaigns introducing new ideas and products that did a far better job than GM's has done with the Volt. I have met very few people who understand the true cost of operating the vehicle, or other advantages it offers over parallel hybrids and non-hybrids.
2. There is an equally astonishing and even deadly campaign of negative press that seems to be very effective. I like my car a lot and plan to keep it until the electrons get rusty, but it's tiresome hearing people repeat some of the utterly silly bad comments from the media.
If someone had paid a lot of money to recruit serious idea-shapers to go after the Volt, the result would be a lot like what's actually happening.
If it's deliberate, why?
Ancient Engineer says: "It's not really yours till you've voided the warranty..."
Chrome carbon-fiber roof to reduce temps, HID headlights, OBD2 display, tint, noise reduction, dashcam, anti-traffic levitation system, and frustrated that my near-perfect Volt offers so few mod opportunities...