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."


Source: Motor Trend

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  (504) posted on 06.6.2010

It seems that this car is fully loaded with a new high technology features. Well, Good move! and it would usually take you guys 4-5 years to improve on a vehicle, nice job.

  (68) posted on 06.3.2010

qurom why dont you do your research before you say the cts-v outperforms the m5. ask why first. the reason is it just has so much more power and especially torque you turd! cts-v is barely beating the m5 who has 56hp less and 168 less torque. but lets just say for the hell of it that even if the m5 has the same power as the cts-v that it still loses (this being your belief which everyone else knows cts-v wont even come close if m5 has the same power as the cts-v) but what else is cadillac beating bmw with? the normal cts beating the 335i? in your retarded dreams. sts sedans beating the 535i or the 550i? dream on punk. c’mon, tell me. beating 1 bmw car doesnt make the cadillac better than the bimmer. and its not even a clear victory the cts-v has over the m5. especially since its 4yrs older. punk ass!

  (807) posted on 06.2.2010

So what are the major and minor changes on the camaro? and what do the alpha has?

  (134) posted on 06.1.2010

That would be perfect because the advantages to changing the platform are important. The Alpha is a more flexible platform for more vehicles. Additionally, it weighs less and is a little smaller.

  (1) posted on 06.1.2010

timdog, do your research before showing your ignorance. The CTS-V sedan already out performs the M5.

  (68) posted on 06.1.2010

good luck trying to beat BMW, cadillac. it’s never gonna happen but goodluck anyway. you guys too much at making cars lol. shoulda aimed for audi, at least their not impossible to beat, but no! you guys just had to aim for the master of sport/luxury. you might be able to get on par with them in 50yrs lol.
still, uncia is right, boring lexus is where the money is. listen to the man before you go broke again for the 3rd time in 2 yrs lol.

  (1333) posted on 05.31.2010

Well, let’s just wait for the sports car of the cadillac to arrive. I hope they can out perform the BMW.

Uncia  (868) posted on 05.31.2010

The fact that Cadillac is targeting BMW lets you know that GM is headed in the wrong direction. If profit is what they want, then they should be trying to emulate Lexus, not BMW. While "hey, American consumers, we’re just like BMW now" may sound great to the auto magazines, all one needs to do is look at the luxury car sales numbers in any particular segment to see that the smooth, quiet, well-trimmed and reliable cruisers from Lexus are where the money is. The consumers—not the enthusiast publications—are who GM needs to listen to, and the average consumer values comfort and quality more than sport.

Uncia  (42) posted on 05.31.2010

the camro has so many different versions i was wondering when the z28 was coming

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