The web tying varying automakers to one another is a very complex, yet delicate thing. One strand heading the wrong direction can cause an automaker to break off another connection, and we see it every day. One prime example was when AMG hacked off its advertising ties with Ducati just because Audi bought the company. Really, what do motorcycles have to do with your competing with Audi in the automobile realm?
Well, we have another bit of info to pass on in regards to one partnership killing another. Recently PSA, the parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, increased its stake in a partnership with GM affiliate, Opel, to develop four vehicle platforms together. This leads BMW to believe that PSA will not have the ability to fulfill its partnership duties in reference to BMW’s developing Hybrid platform.
A BMW spokesperson said “We are discussing conditions for the exit of PSA but we will not make any payments,” in an interview with Reuters. In addition, PSA has accepted the fact that this new relationship with GM will force it to “change the conditions” in its partnership with BMW. This likely means that BMW will buy-out PSAs share of the investment in the project and take development into its own hands.
This will not, however, affect the other relationships that BMW and PSA have going on. The largest of these relationships is the partnership between the two to build the MINI Cooper’s engine.
We’ll keep an eye on what’s going on with this development and let you know if anything else pops up. For now, this seems like a pretty open-and-shut case.
General Motors and Toyota may have ended their 25-year run as production partners at the NUMMI plant in California. Yet despite the split, the two auto giants are still in the works on a new partnership. We’ve heard that Toyota is in talks with GM about the possibility of supplying a rendering of Toyota’s popular Prius hybrid vehicle to its Detroit-based counterpart.
While the plan has yet to be finalized, sources have said that the two heads of both companies - Toyota president Akio Toyoda and GM top dog Fritz Henderson - are expected to convene at the GM headquarters in Michigan sometime in August.
General Motors is looking to be bringing the Volt to Europe by late 2011. This is earlier than initially reported. GM needs to spread out as much of the high-cost of development and production of the gas/electric hybrid as possible, so multiple outlets are being considered. Opel is working on its own plug-in hybrid vehicles, and the Volt is expected to join that lineup. But once Opel has a strong electric presence, it is rumored that the Volt will be changed to be sold as a Chevrolet.
Chevrolet is not a name necessarily associated with quality in Europe. Most of the Chevy products there are just know for their inexpensive price because offerings are just re-badged Daewoos. The Corvette is sold over there, but not as a Chevy. Instead the sports car is presented as its own brand sold out of Cadillac dealerships. So if the Volt eventually switches to the Chevrolet name, it may give the company a much-needed image boost.
Want to find out what E85 is? GMnext is featuring a series of video that debunks some common myths about alternative fuels and advanced propulsion systems. The video showcases GM’s pursuit of a different fuel solution including ethanol, biodiesel, electric, hybrids, etc.
At the Chicago Auto Show, GM will display vehicles featuring outstanding fuel economy, E85 ethanol and biodiesel capability, and gas-electric hybrid vehicles designed to help GM customers go green without going broke.
Here are some of the gas-friendly vehicles designed for commercial and business use that will be at the Chicago Auto Show: Chevrolet HHR Panel, Chevrolet Express 3500 Cargo Van, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Silverado HD 3500, Chevrolet Impala Police Pursuit Vehicle Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle and 2009 Silverado Hybrid.
The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid is a full-size pickup that achieves 40-percent greater city fuel economy and a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy. It is expected to deliver fuel economy comparable to many small and midsize trucks that are equipped with four- or six-cylinder engines, and be the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market, besting the current V-8 leader - the non-hybrid Silverado. The hybrid system provides all-electric driving at low speeds, allowing fuel savings to be realized even when the truck is fully loaded or towing a trailer. Silverado Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg).
Press release after jump.
Rick Wagoner, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer speaks about the electric driving, and what we can expect from GM in the future. The company plans to reduce fuel consumption by 10%, and C02 emission as well; the ethanol production will grow; 16 new hybrid models will be revealed in the next 4 years: one at every three months. Conclusion: future of the automobile is extraordinarily bright and truly electronic.
New federal fuel economy standards.
California suing the EPA to gain the power to set its own economy/CO2 standards.
GM cancelling the engine program that was to have delivered an new V-8 for Cadillac next model year.
What’s a car company to do?
We asked Micky Bly, General Motors’ Director of Hybrid Vehicle Integration and Controls these questions, and more, during GM’s Virtual Media Forum today.
Here’s what he had to say:
Is the hybrid technology at GM focused more on making smaller, (...)
GM’s thinking a tad further than the Volt.
They’re apparently dead serious about hydrogen powered vehicles.
Speaking from Shanghai, China, one of General Motors’ vice-presidents, Elizabeth Lowery, told Reuters that “"You have to make sure that any of these technologies are out there in great volume to make a difference for the environment.” Her remarks came after Larry Burns, GM’s vice president of research and development, had earlier predicted that the company would (...)
General Motors will offer a fuel cell powered vehicle in 2011, meeting the commitment to putting fuel cell vehicles on the market announced earlier by the Chariman of Honda. But the numbers of vehicles involved in both programs are trivial. GM vice president of research and development Larry Burns has told USA Today Money that GM is working on fuel cell vehicles “for competitive reasons,” not merely as a research project. Burns cited work being done at Honda and Mercedes-Benz as examples (...)
With the HydroGen4, GM presents the fourth generation of its fuel cell technology. “Fuel cell propulsion with hydrogen as a fuel highlights General Motors’ commitment to take the car out of the environmental debate and reduce our dependency on oil,” says Carl-Peter Forster, President of GM Europe.” HydroGen4 is powered by GM’s most advanced fuel cell system and marks an important milestone on the road toward completely emission-free, competitive fuel cell technology in the automobile. The HydroGen4 features considerable progress in everyday usability, dynamics and system durability compared to its predecessor.”
General Motors has announced plans for a serial production of the hydrogen car by 2010 as part of a new strategy by American car makers to push alternatives to conventional petrol.
Hydrogen infra-structure would not be in place by then, but technicians were workingto have car production ready by 2010.
The Sequel Concept it is driven by an electric motor on the front
axle and two wheel-hub engines in the rear. The 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 10 seconds and has a top speed of 90 mph. The (...)
General Motors Corp. intends to produce a Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrid that has the potential to achieve double the fuel efficiency of any current SUV, the automaker announced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
This hybrid SUV will use a modified version of GM’s 2-mode hybrid system and plug-in technology, a Lithium Ion battery pack when ready, highly efficient electronics and powerful electric motors to achieve significant increases in fuel economy.
“GM has begun work on a (...)
General Motors is likely to unveil a prototype plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show 2007 as part of its company-wide focus on "electrifying" the car, GM officials said Thursday.
The prototype’s advanced technology would have an extended driving range on battery power alone and would also have a diesel or gasoline engine that could power the car when the battery was low.
GM sees hydrogen fuel cells as the solution to ending the country’s reliance on oil. However GM (...)
F1 Team’s technical director Ross Brown remains undecided. AutoExpress
Alliance between Nissan, Renault and GMC called off. DetNews
Ghosn wants Ford as a partner, know that GM is out of the way. DetNews
Williams Renault sabotaging Alonso’s victory? Itv
Biggest International Boat Show in the West – Long Beach. PR
Rolls-Royce is to add secondary car line in the next 4 years. AutoWeek
Biggest Hybrid market remains California. AutoWeek (...)