Jay Leno’s free comedy show for Detroit was, by all accounts, a big success. 15,000 people, many of whom were unemployed auto workers, packed The Palace of Auburn Hills Monday night. The popular late night comic is a self-confessed car nut, so it’s not surprising to hear that he made a stop to check in on General Motors while in the Motor City.
When asked about the possibility of GM entering bankruptcy, Leno, who has shown a large interest in electric and alternative vehicles, said, “GM’s not bankrupt yet! I was there today actually, I saw a lot of good product.” Of course, one of those promising vehicles is the Chevy Volt, which Leno was reportedly allowed to drive with design chief Ed Welburn in the passenger seat.
Prior to his appearance in Detroit, Leno was quoted as saying the following about Chevy’s upcoming green car: “I think it will be great. I think you’ll find that the Volt will be a superior package to the Prius.” Unsurprisingly, according to reports in the Detroit News, Leno’s brief stint behind the wheel did nothing to change his early impression.
[Source: Detroit News]