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About Those Volt Pictures: So Where's Denise?

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2011 Chevrolet Volt

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Volt-mania is real, and GM is riding it hard. The “leak” of a treasure trove of production Volt pictures is generating zillions of page-views right now—including a whole bunch here, since we broke the story. GM seems to be denying it, but the fact that the pix just popped up on an RSS feed is widely assumed to be the work of their (very savvy) Web PR folks.

But we just got an e-mail that made us scratch our heads a little: "So why did they have half a dozen badly dressed, slightly overweight, older white guys pose in front of the car, but not Denise [Gray]? This is a company that still doesn't get it."

Who’s Denise Gray? Oh, only GM’s battery czar, the woman who’s responsible for getting the Volt’s battery pack tested, certified, and delivered on time so it will, you know, actually run. And she’s a fascinating story all by herself: If you had to picture the person in that job, would you see an African-American woman electrical engineer from the public schools of Detroit? Nah, didn’t think so.

There are two possible explanations, and we’ll wait for GM to tell us which one is right. First, there were more photos than the ones we grabbed. Second, Gray isn’t technically a member of the Volt “product team” and those were the only execs they photographed.

Either way, we think she should have been there, especially after looking at portraits of her in the Spectrum story linked above. Because, let’s face it, folks: Denise Gray is by far the best-looking member of that team.

In all seriousness, GM: where’s Denise?--John Voelcker

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Comments (7)
  1. Is this car made in the US ? I through buying things that throw my fellow American workers under the bus!
     
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  2. Chris
    This car will be built at the Hamtramck Assy Plant near Detroit.
     
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  3. "electrical engineer from the public schools of Detroit?" wow, that's impressive. Detroit public schools have a graduation rate hovering around 20%. Kudos to anyone capable of moving on from them to suceed in college and beyond.
     
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  4. I don't think Denise wanted to be seen with that ugly disaster.
     
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  5. WTF cares we jus want to see the car.
     
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  6. Answer: nowhere near it. The ugly POS made Denise's already considerable butt look bigger.
     
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  7. GM--Ya gotta be kidding, right!!!! $40K for 100 mpg. Is there no one at GM with a calculator. That makes the ROI WHAT, 12 plus years. And just wait til ya have to replace the batteries.
    GM, shame on you and what is with this business of year 2011??? For christ sake, this is America. This is all we can do from the number one automaker in the WORLD.
    Where is the photo voltaic panel for recharging. That would be a no brainer (one would think) as the car will probably be sitting in the sun in some corporate parking lot for at least 8 hours per day, duhh. GM, the only thing saving your a-- is CHINA and the US Congress. Your time in the sunshine has come and gone and as a stockholder of a lot of GM I can only cry as the biggies get their golden parashutes and head for Toyota or Hondai or worse yet, Honda. REALLY year 2011. I am embaressed to be a GM buyer all my life. MARKEY
     
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