Ever since the magazine declared the Chevy Volt to be its 2011 Car of the Year, Motor Trend has been driving Rush Limbaugh mad. As ThinkProgress reports, the radio host, who has long been at odds with the car, publicly slammed the publication for its decision. This prompted a Motor Trend editor to shoot back with a long, strongly worded letter. And by letter we mean blog post.
Limbaugh fanned the flames of this unusual feud when he asked,
[O]f all the cars in the world, the Chevrolet Volt is the Car of the Year? Motor Trend magazine, that’s the end of them. How in the world do they have any credibility? Not one has been sold [and] the Volt is the Car of the Year.
Peeved, editor Todd Lassa responded on Motor Trend‘s website with his own questions:
So, Mr. Limbaugh; you didn’t enjoy your drive of our 2011 Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Volt? Assuming you’ve been anywhere near the biggest automotive technological breakthrough since … I don’t know, maybe the self-starter, could you even find your way to the front seat? Or are you happy attacking a car that you’ve never even seen in person?
He then debunked some of the political and economic rumors surrounding the Volt, calling out both Limbaugh and Washington Post‘s “partisan clown” George Will for characterizing the car as “un-American.” Lassa ended with some backhanded advice:
If you can stop shilling for your favorite political party long enough to go for a drive, you might really enjoy the Chevy Volt. I’m sure GM would be happy to lend you one for the weekend. Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don’t mix.
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