GM may be ready to shill the Hummer brand, but word also has it that GM chairman Rick Wagoner announced that the board of directors has approved the funding for production of the Volt, including a 2010 goal (that will likely be missed by a mile). What does this really mean to us? Well, not a lot.

We've been bombarded with mules, spy photos and pricing rumors for a while now, and that won't change until we can walk onto a GM dealership and see a Volt waiting for spoonage. That being said, with Hummer on its way out and Volt kind of officially on its way in, plus F150 losing its top billing, are we seeing yet another example of the return of the Malaise Era?