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U.S. Gov makes $285-million order for Detroit-made vehicles

Looks like American automakers have found at least one more buyer for their vehicles. The U.S. government is planning on the purchase of $285 million worth of fleet vehicles that get better gas mileage than the current fleet. Under the plan, the General Services Administration will purchase more than 17,500 vehicles as a part of their existing deals with Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.

U.S. President Barack Obama, and his administration, have said the purchases will take place by 1 June. Although it is unclear what will happen to the older fleet vehicles being replaced, many will likely be sold at government auctions.

The purchase is hardly a surprise. In the much talked about stimulus package approved by Congress, $300 million was included for the automotive purchase. This is not a gigantic purchase in the grand scheme of things, as the Big Three sold a combined total of 380,000 vehicles for March 2009. Still, the move may help to bolster confidence in the sector, while even a marginal increase in revenue would be welcomed by the automakers.

More than 14% of the vehicles will be hybrid sedans. 2,500 orders for the vehicles, which will likely include the Chevy Malibu, Ford Hybrid Fusion, and Saturn Aura, will be placed by the end of next week.

Of the deal, President Obama said, "The problems that caused this economic crisis weren't created in a day and it will take time and hard work to get our economy back on track. But I am 100% committed to a strong American auto industry, and we will stand with America's auto workers and their families during these difficult times." His statement was released earlier today by the White House.

The General Services Administration is the supply chain, transportation, and building management arm of the U.S. Government. It manages a federal fleet of nearly 650,000 vehicles worldwide. The scandal-plagued office has been rocked by the perjury and obstruction felony convictions of its former Chief of Staff David Safavian. At the same time, a GSA administrator was trying to cut the budget for fraud investigations. The same administrator, Lurita Doan, was also accused by the U.S Special Counsel of playing politics with the GSA. Since the GSA is supposed to be independent and nonpartisan, Doan was pressured to resign after several investigations into her conduct.

Source: freep.com

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 radmeister radmeister
Every country that has an auto industry buys cars from their country....Not something new. I cry a little inside when i look at the Chargers we have and Impalas and Crown Vics, thinking of all the other cars we could of had for the same price.
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April 14, 2009 4:28 pm
 Michael Michael
That looks like a measure specific to a centrally planned economy, not to the free market Americans used to promote. And yes, socialist countries have centrally planned economies. The right thing to do for the American government is to buy such cars which comply with certain general competitive criteria (American, Japanese, German etc.), and not only cars produced by the Big 3 from Detroit. Keep it that way and very soon American goods exported overseas will get the same treatment from other countries.
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April 13, 2009 11:33 am
 GermanCarsRule GermanCarsRule
The american government represents turbo-capitalism and modern imperialism. As long as the american economy was hughely profitable, the USA started wars and embargoes.At the present day, in the days of a worldwide financial crisis we have to determine that the expansive monetary policy failed. The government is goin' to buy - taxfinanced - thousands of american cars. That's state control and a national economic planning. This has nothing to do with an open and free market. It would be socialism too if the american government would buy german cars. Centrally planned economy is Socialism.
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April 12, 2009 8:17 pm
 zeniac zeniac
wow!
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April 12, 2009 7:50 pm
 GermanCarsRule GermanCarsRule
that's true socialism
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April 11, 2009 10:02 am
 joshg_5 joshg_5
The problem is that the American public are going to buy the auctioned vehicles before they buy new cars from the US manufacturers...
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April 11, 2009 2:26 am