Mysteries of General Motors

Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten has calculated that possession of a Chevrolet Volt makes you sexier — but not all that much:

I assure her that I am a working journalist and that my question is purely hypothetical. Judging by appearances alone, I ask, what would be my theoretical chance of having sex with her, expressed as a percentage?

“Three,” she says finally.

He then gestures toward the Volt, and says:

“This is my ride,” I say. “Does this new information change the hypothetical answer at all?”

She takes a deep breath, lets it out slowly.


Hey, it’s a 16.7-percent improvement. Isn’t that worth $35,000 after tax credits?

And speaking of statistics, here’s the Cadillac section of GM’s January sales report, as snipped from The Truth About Cars:

Cadillac sales January 2011

I knew the XLR had been marked for extinction because of low sales, but I had no idea they were this low. Minus one? That’s even below the point where you can make it up in volume.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2011 · 6:53 am

    I’m surprised the car a person drives could make that big a difference in a woman’s opinion. (Then again: I am not most women.)

    Unless it’s a yellow Aztek, in which case my prediction for my predilection for the fellow would drop into the negative digits….

  2. KingShamus »

    2 February 2011 · 7:00 am

    If the Aztek was a high school student, it would be the stinky dude who never took a bath.

    How did that design get the greenlight?

  3. CGHill »

    2 February 2011 · 7:57 am

    It was sort of functional, but to save some coin they draped it over an existing platform that was never designed for such things. The results were decidedly fugly. The Buick sibling, the Rendezvous, was a little better, but not much.

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