GM certainly didn't advertise that fact that it manufactured any hybrid vehicles, unlike the way Ford advertised it's Ford Escape hybrid, I mean, what would big oil say, if consumers knew about GM's hybrids????
The fact is GM and Chrysler very nearly bought the farm kissing big oil ass. All I ever saw on TV of late are those Hummer commercials as GM seems to be only interested in marketing to the Gilded few left among us.
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Officer Richard Wagoner was in the front seat of a (hybrid) Chevrolet Malibu on Dec. 3, hungry on his way to Washington from Detroit to save his company.
While Ford Motor Co. said it doesn’t need immediate assistance, Bush had decided he wouldn’t be the president who let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt.
It was never the labor unions, nope, it's was CEO Wagoner and a bunch of Big Oil love'n Board members complete with a stupid non-working money pit called the Chevy Volt.
BTW, Bloomberg also has this tidbit:
The turning point came Dec. 10, as White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and Vicej President Dick Cheney met with Senate Republicans over salmon and rotisserie chicken in the Capitol’s Mansfield Room to argue for approval of $14 billion in loans to GM and Chrysler set to pass the House.
Within an hour and a half of their 12:50 p.m. arrival, Corker told reporters that Cheney and Bolton’s presentation was “non-compelling.”
Oh, I see how it is, Congressmen Corker was munching on Salmon and Rotisserie, (and you bet it was at taxpayer funded expense too,) AND lets us not forget that during Dubya's Gilded reign during the last eight years, congress voted itself FOUR raises, most of which time was totally under Republican control. Boy, Congressman Corker doesn't sacrifice a thing during these hard times for US citizens, does he?