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Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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He moved to Saab as Executive Director Design in 2000 and was also given responsibility for Advanced Design at General Motors Europe in 2003. He has been Head of the Design Department at Porsche AG since 2004 and was also given responsibility for styling the 2007 Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera and the 918 Spyder. Brief

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The New General Motors Launches; Lutz Unretiring

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The new, downsized General Motors Company emerged from bankruptcy Friday morning. The four brands will offer a total of 34 nameplates by 2010, compared to old GM’s total of 48 in 2008 and 63 in 2004. Today starts a new era for General Motors and everyone associated with the company. The old GM: 10%. Edward E.

EPA Reports Fifth Consecutive Annual Increase in US New Vehicle Fuel Economy; Up 9% Since 2004, Back to Levels of Early 1980s

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mpg, or 9%, since 2004. Adjusted CO 2 emissions and adjusted fuel economy by model year. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. mpg US (11.2 L/100km).

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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General Motors Ventures LLC will invest $6 million in Proterra Inc., a leading maker of battery-electric commercial transit buses.

Audi taps Mertens from Volvo to lead technical development

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After his apprenticeship as a toolmaker, Peter Mertens studied production technology at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. This was followed by responsibility for the compact cars of General Motors Europe in 2004 and for all compact cars of General Motors worldwide in 2005. Brief

GM’ Tony Posawatz Named Co-Chairman of the Electric Drive Transportation Association

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The Board of Directors of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) has elected General Motors’ Tony Posawatz, Vehicle Line Director for the Chevy Volt, as Co-Chairman of the Board. Cohen, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for American Honda Motor Company, who has served as Co-Chairman since early 2004.

EPA annual trends report finds new vehicle fuel economy at record 24.1 mpg; new powertrain technologies rapidly gaining share

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mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. mpg (9.76 l/100 km)—a 0.5 Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

Mobileye unveils Gen4 system-on-chip EyeQ4; visual processing for ADAS and automated driving; design win for 2018

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Series production is supported for early 2018 start of production. The products are also available in the aftermarket. Another 1.3

Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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Hyundai, Honda and—to a certain extent—Nissan and Suzuki, generally create positive Sustainable Value as well. Click to enlarge. Resources.

GM outlines plans for China with 17 launches this year; developing advanced propulsion and electrification tech in China

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General Motors discussed its future plans in China during a press conference in conjunction with the start of Auto Shanghai 2013. GM continues to add capacity to keep up with the rising demand for its products. Its longer-term goal is to take Cadillac’s share of China’s luxury car market to 10% by 2020. —Gary Smyth.

Will CARB’s New Rules Damage EV Startups?

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The company  launched last month at Green Motors in Berkeley, California. Sherwood and Guzyk say that if the board adopts the new rules at its January 22 and 23 meeting, it likely will force them to shutter their business, which just had its grand opening last month at Green Motors on San Pablo Avenue. Photograph by Chris Duffey.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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In late 2008, BYD started selling the first production PHEV in China. Aims to get Saturn Vue on road in 2010; no production goal. market.