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. Ralf-Gerhard Willner will lead Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy. Wolfram Thomas takes charge of Group Production.

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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. The new General Motors Company is primarily owned by the governments of the United States, Canada and Ontario, and by a trust fund providing medical benefits to UAW retirees. Today starts a new era for General Motors and everyone associated with the company.

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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. This positive trend beginning in 2005 reverses a long period of increasing CO 2 emissions and decreasing fuel economy from 1987 through 2004, and returns CO 2 emissions and fuel economy to levels of the early 1980s.

GM Ventures invests in battery-electric bus company Proterra

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General Motors Ventures LLC will invest $6 million in Proterra Inc., was founded in 2004 and is currently manufacturing buses in a temporary plant in Greenville, S.C. Comparing fuel costs and fuel efficiency. Source: GM. Click to enlarge.

CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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The CAM study emphasized that the trend towards networking is driven by the broader range of electric car products. The 18 companies were: BMW Group; Daimler AG; Fiat Group; Ford Motor Co.; General Motors Corp.; Honda Motor Co.; Hyundai Motor Co.;

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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. As Vehicle Line Director for the Chevrolet Volt and GM’s E-Flex Systems (now called Voltec), Posawatz led the development of the Volt, and continues to help lead the development of the 2011 production model.

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. The report also noted that: Since alternative fuel vehicle production [CNG, PHEVs and EVs] has generally been less than 0.1%

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

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The first design win for EyeQ4 in series production has been secured for a global premium European car manufacturer for production to start in early 2018. Series production is supported for early 2018 start of production. The products are also available in the aftermarket.

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. Daihatsu, on the other hand, generally fell just within the negative zone.

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. GM and its joint ventures now have more than 55,000 employees across China, a number that has more than doubled since 2004.

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. General Motors plans to unveil the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid, sometime in 2010, and Toyota may begin selling a plug-in Prius in late 2010 or early 2011.

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. Weve kept the summary table below generally up-to-date for passenger PHEVs, but not for BEVs, motorcycles or larger vehicles like buses and trucks. Aims to get Saturn Vue on road in 2010; no production goal.