A lot has changed since then. GM's vice president of sales, Mark LaNeve, was in Baltimore last week to meet with area dealers and to fill them in on the company's plans now that it has emerged from bankruptcy. When he stopped by The Sun, he was ga-ga over the Chevy Equinox, a small, four-cylinder SUV that gets 32 miles to the gallon. He had lots to say about the Chevy Cruze, due out next year and expected to be a strong competitor for the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, and about a couple of new Cadillac models that should hit showrooms soon. The Volt? He didn't bring it up, and when he did, he talked about the car — expected to get as much as 235 miles to the gallon but to cost $40,000 to produce — less as a game-changer than as a small-scale experiment.