GM Precept Wins 'Best of What's New' Award

Magazine honors record-setting 80mpg hybrid electric concept vehicle.

Published: 11-Nov-2000

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The GM Precept was honored today with the Popular Science "Best of What's New" Grand Award for automotive technology, at a luncheon held here at the Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park.

The 13th annual awards luncheon honors new products and technology developments in one of 10 categories, one grand award for each category. The editors of Popular Science select 100 applicants for distinction as the "Best of What's New." This year, this prestigious award will extend beyond the pages of Popular Science to millions of computer users on the World Wide Web at . In turn, viewers will crown one of the 100 winners with the Readers' Choice Award, to be announced on January 5, 2001.

The Precept is a fully-functional hybrid electric five-passenger family sedan designed to achieve 80 mpg. Recently, that goal was met with 90.4 mpg on diesel fuel in actual testing. When converted to gasoline-equivalent gallons, it measures 79.6 mpg (90.1 highway and 72.2 city). With nearly three times the fuel efficiency of a conventional family sedan, it has nearly 130 innovations and over 44 records of invention. Many of those innovations and technologies developed during the Precept program will be integrated into core vehicle programs in the future, leading the way to a more fuel-efficient and environmentally responsive age of affordable vehicles.

Precept's dual-axle regenerative, parallel hybrid propulsion system contributes to its 80 mpg target and its maximum energy recovery.

The Precept evolved as a result of GM's involvement in the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), a joint effort between the U.S. Government and the domestic auto industry that began in 1993. The specific goals of the PNGV are lower emissions and up to three times the fuel efficiency of conventional cars (up to 80 mpg) without compromising safety, performance, affordability, or utility.

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In 1999, GM earned $5.6 billion on sales of $176.6 billion. It employs about 388,000 people globally.

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