GM Steers Into the Passing Lane

Playing on the title of former Vice President Al Gore's documentary released last year, GM design chief Bob Lutz said that for critics, 'the Volt is an inconvenient truth.'

Published: 15-Jan-2007

A year ago, General Motors didn't look good.

Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian was insisting on changes in its corporate structure. It was trying to cut prices on cars and trucks. And the only vehicle to gain much attention at the annual North American International Auto Show was a concept version of its Camaro sports car.

A year later, GM became the star of the Detroit show.


Allocating significant money to produce a saleable hydrogen fuel cell car is likely to be a tough decision for GM. Larry Burns with image of Sequel fuel cell car behind him.

The dual-mode hybrid system will be available in a wide range of cars, trucks and S.U.V.'s made by the three companies, starting with the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that goes on sale in fall 2007.

The pollution-free technology holds the potential of zero emissions and a sustainable source of energy produced when hydrogen and oxygen are mixed.


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