GM Keeping Pace with Toyota on Alt Fuel Vehicles, Says Wagoner

GM has been working to reshape its image on fuel-saving initiatives as Toyota, helped by a reputation for environmental leadership.

Published: 09-Jan-2008

General Motors Corp., the world's largest automaker, is keeping pace with Toyota Motor Corp. in developing vehicles powered by alternative-energy sources, Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner said.

"We're right in that race,' Wagoner said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where GM showed a futuristic Cadillac sport-utility vehicle powered by hydrogen and a lithium-ion battery.

"Right now we are rapidly expanding our offers' of vehicles powered by such alternatives as gasoline-electric engines and a gasoline-ethanol mix, Wagoner said.


GM is also planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue but has not said when the vehicle will be available. Pictured is 2006 Opel Antara, which is expected to replace current VUE.

All three concepts were designed at GM's Design Studio in Inchon, South Korea; one of GM's 11 Global Design Studios. Photo: microcars L-to-R -- Groove, Beat, Trax.

The Mississippi State team designed a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric vehicle with a 1.9-liter GM direct injection turbo diesel engine fueled by B20 biodiesel. It achieved a 48% increase in fuel economy over the production vehicle.


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