New Chevy Volt Sales Record Expected In August

A couple days ago General Motors said it would idle the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where Volts are exclusively built, prompting some critics to again weigh in on perceived low sales numbers, but GM still expects to set a new sales high this month.

We’ll know soon enough for the month ending tomorrow, but GM’s Volt Communications Representative Michelle Malcho today confirmed reports “while it’s still too early to tell how the numbers will go,” the company’s August Volt sales will beat its previous record by around 10 percent or more.

“All I can say for certain is that it will be over 2,500 at this point,” Malcho said.

The present Volt sales record was set in March at 2,289 units, and this was a high-water mark above the 1,849 second-place set last month in July – and a good sized jump above the sub-2,000 unit per month numbers logged this year.

For your review, the numbers of Volts sold from the end of last year through this are: December: 1,529; January: 603, February: 1,023; March: 2,289; April: 1,429; May: 1,680, June: 1,760, July 1,849.

Malcho told us the other day the Volt was seeing “month-over-month increases, and indeed this is true this month and then some. We asked if GM thus expected to have month-over month sales upticks the rest of the year?

“We should continue to see sales as we have for the past few months,” she said, but it’s “hard to tell if we will see progressive growth at this time.”

Malcho also told the Detroit News GM is especially seeing sales momentum in key markets – California, Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

She noted also this being the Volt’s second year, it will beat the historic second year for the first-generation Toyota Prius. The Prius sold 15,600 units in all of 2001, but two-thirds of the way through the year, the Volt will exceed 13,300 units through August, with four more months to add to that number.

Critics have however repeatedly pointed out previous sales goals far exceeding the present numbers as proof that the Volt is a failure.

It is true that GM was optimistic in early projections, and the Volt has sold fewer than were first forecast, but the car is leading the plug-in electric category, and scoring consistent numbers.

It also recently sold more units in one month than a favorite of GM’s stable, the Corvette, but no one seems to lambaste that car’s sales nearly so much as they do the Volt’s. But then we’ve covered some of the reasons why this is so, before.

Actually – and just to update the critics – since the beginning of this year GM ceased making round-number sales predictions, and says it will “match supply to demand,” and this it has done

Malcho said the Detroit-Hamtramck plant “built ahead” Volt inventories to prevent shortages.

We asked if this therefore meant GM expected to probably have no shortages at the dealer level.

“We shouldn’t have any shortages,” she said. “A few dealers based on allocation may not have as much of a selection as they would like, but we have enough inventory.”

And speaking of dealers that will have supply, the Volt assembly line will begin producing Holden Volts beginning the fourth quarter of this year. From Nov. 1 onwards, Holden’s 49 Volt dealers will begin selling the Australian versions of the Volt for $59,995 AUD.

The Australian GM division has been running advertisements, generating interest for the green plug-in car, and has said it will be “a new kind of flagship for Holden.”

We shall see how sales go down under where they pay more for cars than we do, and at least for certain is this will be another pocket of demand to add to the global cars being exported – for now – from Detroit.

The Volt is also sold as an Opel Ampera in Europe and Vauxhall Ampera in the UK. Everywhere the plug-in GM been made available, reports of steadily growing interest have followed, even if it has not, as critics like to say, taken the world (yet) by storm.

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  • America1st

    In a world of foreign oil, and multi-trillion dollar wars to secure that oil, this is good news. We could BUY every American a Volt and still be way ahead, let alone cut off the terrorist oil funding supply which we provide. This car means more than just transportation – CHEVY VOLT, AMERICAN-MADE, AMERICAN FUELED. The $400 billion dollars and climbining endless suppply of our money going to the likes of Hugo Chavez and the Iranians has to end.

    I bought one – getting 97.8 MPG. Take that Iran.

  • c_harnett

    The comparison to the early years of the Prius is quite a stretch. The first gen Prius didn’t come with a $7500 rebate, which is a significant aid to sales.

  • Capt. Concernicus

    @ America1st,

    Amen brotha! I hear you loud and clear. No more foreign oil.

    Bought a Prius a couple of years ago. Averaging 51.5 mpg.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    The first 12,000 miles in my Volt I spent $105 in total fuel costs or about 100 miles per dollar (MPD)…. (solar surplus from home was used for electricty)


  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Charlie H,

    Two corrections:

    1. Volt gets $7,500 tax credits, NOT rebates. They are totally different.
    2. Prius had Tax deductions on Fed Income forms. Also, it was getting $5k from California deduction AND carpool lane access. it was the first few that getting it.
    3. Prius was cheaper. Signficantly cheap before and after tax incentives. Cheaper cars tend to sell at higher volume
    4. Volt has dominated the Prius Plugin this year. And it has dominated just about every car that qualify for the $7,500 rebates.

  • c_harnett

    Tax credit or tax rebate – the effect on your cash flow is the same, unless you run into the AMT.

    Well, I wouldn’t know about CA but nationwide the Gen 2 Prius was hitting its stride at close to 10K units/month and it was doing that on a tax deduction that would yield a tax benefit of $600 to $700 for most people. After it had been on the market some months, selling in large volume, a $3100 tax credit (half the Volt’s current Federal spiff) was made available. But the car proved itself at very close to its MSRP.

    The Prius was then selling better than all but 7 or 8 vehicles in GM’s lineup. That’s a success. It would probably have sold fewer with no tax benefit but the effect of that was quite marginal.

    As opposed to the Volt, which GM can’t actually price anywhere near the cost of a compact car (which it is) and carries a tax CREDIT of $7500, ten times that of the Gen 2 Prius and is still far more expensive than a compact car. Without that benefit, sales would drop dramatically.

    And it certainly makes comparisons of the Volt introduction timeline to the Prius introduction timeline a lame joke.

  • Max Reid

    This is excellent news. Hope the Volt-2013 with 38 mile range will sell better. While the Prius cuts the gas consumption by around 40% compared to similar sized vehicle, Volt cuts by around 90% if driven mostly on electricity.

    So both vehicles are doing their good jobs. In the next 4 months so many new / improvised Hybrids and Plugins and EVs are coming.

    This should boost the sales in the dashboard a lot.
    C-Max Hybrid
    Fusion Hybrid
    Fusion Start Stop
    C-Max Plugin
    Fusion Plugin
    Malibu Partial Hybrid (e-assist)
    Fit EV
    RAV4 EV

    and ofcourse the rising sales of Tesla Model S.

    Stay and celebrate.

  • Graham

    I have spent $130 on energy for my first 9800 miles (just shy of 6 months). $70 of this was gasoline.

    Anyone who argues against the Volt is under-informed and clearly has never heard of present cost analysis.

  • MarkW

    Actually it did, 1500$, and it ramped up from there. Various states and Canadian provinces have also provided subsidies up to $5000 as late as 2010. Now that the Prius is the 3rd best selling car in the world it worth while revisiting some of the early critics , many who are today saying the same think about the volt and other EVs that they use to say about the prius. Here is a sample:

    The Wall Street Journal (2000) – that hybrid cars are not “what the public wants.”

    The Cato Institute’s Patrick Michaels declared in 2001 that the Prius would “never” deliver a profit for Toyota and hyped how “demand has been weak” for hybrids.

    In 2004, Fox News guest David Naughton of Newsweek said “Hummer outsells the Toyota Prius by two to one. And even Toyota sells as many Camrys in a couple of months as they will an entire year of Prius.”

    The Weekly Standard’s Henry Payne (2004) called tax incentives for hybrid vehicles a “sweet bonus for upscale customers like Arianna Huffington and Cameron Diaz.”

    Media Matters suggests that criticism of EVs today “is strikingly similar to the conservative narrative that electric car subsidies only benefit the rich, when in fact tax incentives help make electric vehicles available to the middle class, just as they did with the Prius.”

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Charlie H,

    You wrote :”Well, I wouldn’t know about CA but nationwide the Gen 2 Prius was hitting its stride at close to 10K units/month and it was doing that on a tax deduction that would yield a tax benefit of $600 to $700 for most people”

    Gen II? What year is the Volt now? How about Gen I Prius. Volt is in its 2nd year and 3rd year model is just coming out. Gen II Prius was already into sales for at least 4-5 years. Let us see in 4-5 years… CA is the largest market for both Prius and Volt…

    Also, Prius was a $30k car and Volt is a $40k car. I would hope that $30k car sell more than $40k car. Also, Volt is FAR MORE high tech than Prius. The powertrain in the Volt is far more advanced in comparing with Prius. Its performance is also better. Handling, braking, ride and quietness are all superior to the Prius. Even the seat is more comfortable….

    BMW 1-series is a compact car. Size is NOT always correlated with price.

    Why don’t you compare the Gen I Prius with Gen I Volt in sales? Or let us compare the current Prius Plugin with the Volt?

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    My Volt has been getting easily 200+ mpge right now. 3685 miles and only 17.7 gallon of gas used. See if any other hybrids that can do that…

  • BartyLobethal

    I’ve been looking forward to the introduction of the Volt in Australia, but I suspect that at close to $60k they won’t sell too many. Drive-away price on a Prius is around $38k. For around $28k I could buy a small-block diesel like a Skoda Octavia with great economy and just about fuel it for its useful life on the price difference between that and a $60 000 Volt. I think series-hybrid tech is a great thing, but at that price they are cutting their own throats.

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  • David

    I’m currently in the process of running my cars until they fall apart. My wife and I have no car payments (last one was last December).

    Right now I can’t really afford to add a $400-$500/mo car payment when I’m paying less than $8/day for gas & oil to commute 30 miles each way.

    There’s going to come a time, though, when my Camry starts to become a financial drag with repairs (it’s at 210K miles and going strong). At that point, I’ll have to take the plunge. The new generation of cars are ohsoclose to perfect for my needs. A little more range on the Volt or C-Max batteries and a diesel option would make them perfect powertrains.

    But I *do* dream of a time when the only gas I buy is for extended trips.

  • c_harnett

    Marvel Fan,

    First, the Gen 1 Prius came out, in the US, almost 12 model years ago. Nobody else was delivering a gas-electric drivetrain. I take it back… except Honda… and those didn’t sell very well, either.

    Second, it does not matter. The timeline comparison is invalidated by the size of the “adjustment” that the Volt gets from the Feds and the States. $7500 is almost 20% of the price of the Volt. It’s FAR larger than the rebate/credit/deduction that *anything* in prior generations got. GM delivered a compact car that MSRP’s for over TWICE the price of a comparable compact car. The thing is entirely propped up by a rebate that represents a cash value TEN TIMES what the Gen II Prius was getting when the Gen II Prius was moving in serious quantity. Without it or, more appropriately, with a Federal or State incentive of a more reasonable $2-3K, sales of the thing would decrease significantly.

    Moreover, GM knows this, yet they hark on about how they’re beating the record of a car that was introduced over ten years ago. This is incredibly lame.

    Lexuses are nice cars and many sticker for $40K and more. If people were offered a tax credit of $7500 to buy one, Lexus wouldn’t be able to keep a car in stock.

  • c_harnett

    The WSJ and Patrick Michaels certainly made fools of themselves by declaring that hybrids couldn’t sell/wouldn’t make money.

    Of course, in 2004, somebody else made a fool of himself by declaring “people don’t want hybrids.” That was Bob Lutz and he said that while people were lined up around the block waiting to get a Gen II Prius. I don’t have a handy link to that but I did find he continued to belittle hybrid prospects in 2008:

    At the time he said that, the Prius was outselling just about every model GM offered.

    I have no problems with EVs and the PHEV is the concept that makes EVs workable. But $7500 to push a car with such an outrageous MSRP, combined with a near-bankrupt GM embarking on a project that had no hope of commercial success, GM’s arrogance in the marketplace and the idea GM’s insistence that their car, when equipped with Federal Steroid Cash, is somehow beating a car that led the way over a decade ago all add up to complete nonsense.

  • Graham

    Do the present cost analysis. $8 per day is not a good deal. Also, I suspect you are not allocating repair expenses.

  • jpnuss

    OK, Charlie H, you finally admitted it: you hate GM and the Volt out of political reasons. So go write on political blogs, not on car blogs.

  • MS

    Prius was a milestone when introduced the Gen I hybrid. Comparing now to Volt it may be strange as it was so many years ago and so many changes occured since then.

    Volt may became also a milestone for the plug in cars, let’s give time to time.

    Either way this August will be a sucess for these two cars. High gasoline prices call for it!

    Go efficiency!

    PS: Someone before mentioned Fusion Start&Stop, altought efficient this is not a Hybrid or Electric.

  • c_harnett

    “OK, Charlie H, you finally admitted it: you hate GM “

    I admitted no such thing. If I hated GM, I’d just laugh at them until they die. It disappoints me greatly that the company that liked to call itself the largest automaker in the world, which is based here, which could be the premier US automaker in all respects, can’t build a simple, decent, effective hybrid to compete with Toyota.

    There is no magic fairy dust in the Prius that is unavailable to GM. GM, in fact, had resources that Toyota didn’t have. It cashed a fair portion of the $1.25 billion in PNGV checks then did nothing with the technology they developed. Toyota, in fact, developed the Prius because they were running scared… They thought PNGV had given the D3 an edge that they were missing, so they embarked in a crash program to build a marketable, potentially profitable, high-mpg car.

    They needn’t have worried. GM shelved their PNGV developments, did nothing to beat the Prius to market and in the years since has done nothing useful about developing marketable, profitable, effective hybrids.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Charlie H,

    Your comparison is silly. Here is why:

    1. You cherry picked your comparison… Gen I Prius is NOT okay to compare since it was 12 years ago??? There NOTHING else in the market similar to Volt except for Fisker Karma. Apparently, you have NO idea on how Volt’s power train works. It shows how you are biased. Prius was a “hybrid” leader 12 years ago. Volt is a leader in EV with extender. No other EV or Plugin Hybrids operate like the Volt.

    2. 20%? 7.5k/40k is about 18.5% Well, Nissan Leaf gets more than 20%. Prius Gen I had $5k tax deduction on a $27k sticker. 18.5%. Volt didn’t sell that well even WITH tax credits until CA get HOV stickers and FOX news and people like you (apparently a “green” Prius guy) stop bashing it. Prius Gen I and Gen II had HOV access.

    3. Your compact car argument is stupid. Plenty of Luxuray Compact cars sell for far higher price than the Volt. Apparently you have NEVER driven or riden in the Volt. Else, you would know what class the Volt fits in. Also, Lexus 200 CT is a hybrid leveraged off the existing Prius chassis. The Old HS250 Hybrid (discontinued due to poor sales) also is a higher priced version of the Prius. Neither sold well. Higher price will generate lower volume. Prius Gen III sales really took off after the price point is further reduced.

    4. Did you ever complain about the $7,500 that OTHER EV gets? If you do, then did you also complain about Toyota getting an US payer funded tax deduction on early generation of Prius which are all built in Japan? During the economic crisis, Toyota also received BAILOUTs from the Japanese government for assistance. Did you whine about that?

    5. As far as government assistance goes, we have spend Trillions on protecting American’s oil interests in middle east. It keeps the gas price low. So, I think $7,500 per EV is a tiny fraction of what we spend on protecting our oil interest.

    6. Okay fine. Let us NOT comparing with the Prius of old. Let us compare with the Prius plugins. Both are plugins, both are designed for the plugin market. Both gets Fed Tax Credits. Prius Plugin (PIP) gets less but it is also cheaper so the effective price is the same. It gets less b/c its smaller battery but it is also lower in weight by 700 lbs so its gas mpg is better. Now, what is your excuse that Volt is whipping PIP’s sales? Volt performs better than PIP In every performance category depsite the 700 lbs weight disadvantage! Also, Volt is a 5 star rated in crash test where Prius Plugin is a 4 start rated (regular Prius is 5 star rated). Prius Plugin lost 1 star since it did worse in crash with added weight. Now, that sounds to me like a “inferior” engineering.

    Don’t get me wrong. Prius is a good car. It pushes other automaker with its cheap and reliable hybrid technology and focused all other automakers into the game. If Volt wasn’t out there, I might have bought a Prius Gen III myself. But please stop yourself from knocking the Volt. It will only make you look silly. Volt is by FAR the most advanced vehicle on the road. It is the ONLY technology that will bridge us to the future and get people to EV and more efficient transportations… It will also reduce America’s addiction in oil and reduce pollution and emission. Volt will allow you to offset your energy source. You can install your own solar to offset the “dirty” electricity. Prius can’t do that. But Prius is the most efficient NON-Plugin cars on the road… That is an achievment.

  • c_harnett

    1. That’s right, a decade makes a difference. Gas-electric drivetrains are now, thanks to Toyota, quite commonplace. When you say there’s nothing else in the marketplace like a Volt… that’s not true. The Volt is two M/Gs, a battery and an ICE. Sound familiar? It should, those are the components of a Prius. The Volt has a much bigger – and *far* more expensive – battery but the principle of operation is identical.

    2. I’m happy with 20%. The Volt is often enough discounted that complaining about the difference betwen 18.5 and 20% is pointless. You should consider what the value of an HOV sticker is, that’s a huge incentive to buy the car. Some consider it to be worth $10K all on its own. That’s a massive additional public subsidy.

    3. I’ve driven the Volt. It’s not a “luxury” compact car. It’s a Chevrolet with a price problem. The $30+K Lexus CT200h is actually selling fairly well, nearly Volt volumes, which is OK considering that Toyota didn’t have to spend much money developing it (the advantage of having a flexible system like HSD inyour toolkit) and it doesn’t have a $7500 gift from one’s neighbors. Oooh… imagine how well it would sell if peole got a $7500 tax credit for it. Yowza!

    4. Yes, I’ve complained about some of those things but the idea of Toyota getting a bailout from the Japanese government is nonsense. You have been reading Detroit propaganda.

    5. True. And the correct response to that is to tax oil to include its real social costs in the price at the pump. I have been encouraging my reps to enact an increase in the taxes on oil and an end to various favorable taxes for oil companies since the original oil crisis in 1973. Regulations on autos, credits for certain autos and other nonsense are self-defeating. Tax oil and life becomes simple and gas use plummets as people employ common-sense solutions to the price of oil and gas to reduce their financial burdens. Car-pooling has been decreasing for a decade. Add a tax of $.50 or so per gallon to gas (and increase it every year) and you’d see that trend reverse in a hurry.

    6. The effective price of the Prus PHV is less for a comparably equipped car. We don’t know how mnay Prius PHVs have been shipped to the US, so we don’t know if the Volt is “whipping” it in sales because it is in limited supply or because people prefer the Volt. One thing I do know is that, had I bought a Volt last month instead of the standard Prius that I did buy, my operational energy costs would already be HIGHER, because I’ve been on a series of long highway trips, a situation in which the Volt does not excel. For $40K, I expected (and GM promised) excellent RE fuel economy. Instead we got a car that struggles to get 40mpg in RE mode. And it struggles to achieve that on PREMIUM. A pure act of genius on GM’s part, that was. As it was, I have been getting 52mpg since buying the car.

    As for your summary, the Volt isn’t the most technologically advanced car on the market. Just look at its under-achieving engine, which is still a core part of the vehicle. Many people can and do drive around electrically but if I install solar panels, I’m replacing dirty electricity with clean, anyway, which is a net win. And if one buys a Prius, one has several thousand dollars left over FOR those solar panels.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @Charlie H,
    (aka a Prius fan boy)…

    1. You are clueless on how Volt works that is why you think Volt is the same as Prius. Most cars today have battery and ICE and they are NOT hybrids. You are naive to think Volt is similar to Prius. Volt is capable to function as a Pure EV regardless of Driver INPUT. NO PRIUS can do that. NOT even the Pip (scam). 10 years is a long time. So, why is PIP NOT doing well? B/c it is A GREEN SCAM. There are plenty of them on the lot here in California. They are NOT selling.

    2. Funny that you mentioned that HOV sticker. Prius had it. In fact, it was the LARGEST HOV sticker holder. By your silly definition, Prius had the so called “$10k” discount as well. Today’s PIP aer also eligible for HOV sticker. IN FACT, GREEN CAR REPORTs reported that more PIP applied for HOV sticker than the Volt when Volt outsold it by 3 to 1. That easily indicates that people are buying the PIP for HOV sticker.

    3. Apparently, your taste SUCKS. You bought a slow piece of JUNK Prius. That is why you think CT200 is better. If it is more luxury, then why is it slower than the Volt? When does get WORSE MPG than the Volt in ICE mode? When does the Volt perform quieter with more weight?

    4. Nonsense? Japanese government has been giving Toyota low cost loans for decades, especially after the 2008 economic crisis and the Tsunami… Stop being a Toyota fan boy. GM’s bailout is also similar to loans. Loans that are converted to stocks…

    5. You are silly to think Volt is tuned for MPG ONLY. Prius is designed to be highest MPG while giving away all Peformance capability. It is slow. It handles terrible and its braking performance sucks. Volt is FASTEST EV under $45k (only Tesla and Karma) are faster. It is designed to be EV first and Hybrid second. Its ICE is there to power the battery and sometimes to cut in as parallel to power the car. It also hauls around extra 700 lbs in battey weight b/c of that. When PIP hauls around extra 150 lbs of battery, its crash rating dropped from 5-star to 4-star. Great “engineering leverage”, huh?

    From what you wrote, you clearly HAVE NO FREAKING idea on how the Volt works. PIP or ANY prius doesn’t even come close how it functions. Sure, it doesn’t work for everyone. If you drive a lot of long trips, Prius is perfect for you. If you care about MPG without regard of ANY driving performance, then Prius is fine. But most people drive less than 40 miles per day. For those people, Volt is perfect. In fact, Volt gives me easily 45 miles range per charge. My Volt with 3780 miles has only used 17.7 gallon of gas. See if any Prii can do that..

    And I don’t drive as slow as Prius…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    When you bring up Prius (include the PIP) against the Volt in terms of MPG (not in terms of breakthrough in technology), it is clear that you have amatuer understanding how Volt is DIFFERENT from a typical hybrid.

    Prius is designed from ground up as a HYBRID. To do whatever in achieving MAX MPG. Especially in gas mode. Its electric system is there for assist. Sort like a side show.

    Volt is designed as an EV or EV with range extender. Its battery system is more complex and advanced than Nissan Leaf. Its battery warranty is more comprehensive than just about all basic EVs out there. Its Engine is just there to generate electric or assist at power above 70 mph OUTSIDE its EV range. That is why there is a weight penalty and a MPG penalty for its ICE mode. But that is NOT the point. The point is for most people to operate it as an EV without range anxiety and it is good enough for MOST people’s daily commute while it still performs decently and quietly.

    Like I said, Prius is a great car. A great Hybrid for people who needs to drive a lot of miles at very high MPG. But at the end of the day, it still uses gas most of the time. Volt is designed to be EV first and gas only if you have to. That is why the current Volt owners have their miles 67% electric ONLY. That is whole point.

    Most people need to understand and study how Volt’s powertrain works before they group Volt as one of the “hybrids”…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Charlie H wrote: ” (GM) which could be the premier US automaker in all respects, can’t build a simple, decent, effective hybrid to compete with Toyota.”

    Classic! You HAVE NO clue on how Volt works. Volt is EV first and “Range Extender” later. “Range Extender” is series-hybrid AND parallel hybrid…

    Learn how the technology works before you whine like a 5 yr old.

    If you hate Volt for political reason (such as Bailouts and $7,500 that you keep mentioning), then you are at wrong site and stop wasting out time. B/c whine about the FAKE green SCAM of PIP getting $2,500 AND HOV sticker access first…

  • innovation

    Charlie H:Two comments in relation to the volt $7500 tax credit. First as a tax credit, it applies only to those individuals paying at least $7500 or more in tax a year. So as I see it, I get $7500 OF MY OWN MONEY back. Not my neighbor’s money.
    Second, the purpose of the tax credit was precisely to aid/encourage a manufacturer in the production of new fuel efficient tech like EVs. The credit applies for ANY manufacturer(not just GM) until a particular model sells 200,000 units. Then the credit incentive ends. Presumably the manufacturer will have either reduced their production costs per unit or acheived sufficent market penetration by that point.
    Lastly, as Modern Marvel Fan pointed out, the Volt represents a fundamental difference from Hybrids. At the end of the day, hybrids still require gas for operation. An EV with a range extender(like the tesla or the volt) is a workable solution towards the goal of reduced oil consumption-which was the ultimate national policy goal behind the incentive.
    GM’s /OnStar data has borne out that 2/3 rds of usage is pure electric. I don’t care for EV purist’s’ criticism of the use of the range extender. The point is that it works, and if widely adopted will do our country a great service.
    The only wealth transfer I’m worried about is our collectively sending $150-$200 billion dollars overseas every year for our share of imported oil to power ICE vehicles. I’d rather we Americans spend that on something for ourselves instead of subsidizing those that don’t mean us well. Considering the inability of either policital party to do anything to reduce our oil dependence, your car choice is realistically the only thing you CAN do.