President Barack Obama paid a visit to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. A known fan of electric cars, Obama spent the majority of his time at the show checking out the Chevrolet Bolt, however he also took to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid during a visit to Fiat Chrysler’s booth.
What drew Obama to the Chevrolet Bolt was its 200-miles of electric range, so he was probably delighted to find out that the Chrysler Pacifica can also travel on electricity alone, especially considering he helped bail FCA out back in 2009. He also spoke on the bailout, the jobs it helped save and the auto companies’ responsibilities to produce sustainable transport going forward.
More than one million Americans would’ve lost their jobs at the worst possible time. Not just auto workers, but the people in communities who depend on you,” Obama said. “The teachers who teach your kids, the small business owners who know your name. Their livelihoods would’ve been at stake as well, so we decided we couldn’t let that happen.”
“In exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We said the auto industry would have to truly change, not just pretend it was changing,” he continued. “The industry retooled, it restructured. Management and labor got together to settle your differences. Everybody put some skin in the game, everybody sacrificed for the sake and survival of this industry.”
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