GM’s Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering Karl Stracke has a lot to say. In fact, he is pretty much spewing all kinds of information on GM’s plans to take on the automotive world.
In a recent interview with Motor Trend, Stracke said: "Our goal is Cadillac against BMW — very clearly. We will bring performance to these cars…and be on par or better than BMW. That is our plan." Sounds promising, doesn’t it? Their hopes for Cadillac go beyond just improving themselves enough to pass BMW by a hair: "We will be better than BMW on unsprung mass." And for that Cadillac will prevail with an approach that relies on high technology and basics, like weight reduction.
The most surprising bomb to drop from Stacke’s mouth was the confirmation of the Camaro Z28. Its resurrection hasn’t exactly been a secret, but up until now, confirmation has not been achieved so openly. According to him things are going to change for the next Camaro Z28; it will be built on a new Alpha platform (and not the Zeta like the current car). He also said that he doesn’t like the steering wheel controls on the Camaro because they are placed too far and the driver needs to remove his hands from the wheel when trying to reach them. A couple of other tweaks will be made to ensure the new Camaro will be exactly what he wants it to be. “We need to win,” he said repeatedly. “Not just shoot for the middle.”
For Buick, he is preparing a full lineup of vehicles, starting with a compact sedan based on the same global architecture as the Cruze and a small crossover below the Enclave.
And he ended up with defining the new GM: "We know what we need to do. Good products…strong products…with the right powertrain."