The press days at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show end today, so it’s time to focus on the second auto show of the month: the 2013 New York Auto Show. General Motors announced a lineup of five world premieres, plus one North American debut.
While the North American debut will obviously be the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, as for the five world premieres things aren’t very clear. We do know that Chevrolet has prepared a revision for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that, according to the first details "advances the design and performance attributes." This may be one of the five world premieres.
We expect three of them to consist of two Buick models and one Cadillac. The two Buick models will most like be redesigned 2014 Regal and LaCrosse sedans, while the Cadillac model is believed to be the new generation CTS luxury saloon. So, that leaves just one model lingering and your guess is as good as ours on that one. There are reports that this will be the Chevy SS, but that was already displayed to the public in February.
Full details will revealed during the car’s official debuts in New York.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, General Motors decided to reinvent the automobile. It teamed up with Segway to create a two-wheeled, two-seat urban people mover. Called the P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), it carries many of the design ideas that we once thought were pipe dreams coming out of design schools.
The PUMA is part of a vision of a vehicle network that is able to recognize outside objects, including other moving vehicles, so that they can all interact and avoid each other. The compact vehicle integrates a lithium-ion battery, digital smart energy management, two-wheel balancing, dual electric wheel motors, and a dockable user interface that allows off-board connectivity. If anyone is scared of two-wheeled motoring, there are two small wheels placed at the front and back of the concept for stability.
Each charge to the PUMA’s battery should be good for 35 miles (GM did not indicate recharge times.) Since this is designed as for urban areas, the top speed is 35 mph.
Press release after the jump.
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