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GM Blogs: Bob Lutz

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By Bob Lutz

GM Vice Chairman

I have taken the opportunity to shoot a brief video addressing some of the issues that have been cropping up here on the blog in recent weeks. This video will be posted in chapters, in the coming days, and will touch on such issues as the future of Buick, the Chevy Triplets, GM concept cars and diesel engines, among other things. And we’ll try to do more of these videos in the future as time permits and circumstances dictate.

In the meantime, I have a few other notes of interest regarding the Volt development program, to follow up on Denise Gray’s post of a few weeks ago.

First, the Volt (and all other vehicles that will use E-Flex) now has its very own vehicle line executive, just like all of our other vehicle development teams. The VLE for E-Flex vehicles is Frank Weber, who has a lot of pertinent experience under his belt, including a stint leading advanced concept development for Opel.

Also, we have opened a brand-new studio dedicated to the design of vehicles using E-Flex. As I’ve said time and again, GM is once more a design driven company, so it’s only natural that design keep pace with the engineering development of the E-flex system. The studio will be led by Bob Boniface, director of advanced design. Bob led advanced design work of the Chevy Camaro Concept, Sequel Concept, and Volt. He previously led DaimlerChrysler’s Advanced Product Design Studio and directed architectural design of the minivan stow-and-go seat.

Finally, we have allocated even more engineering resources to this program, and to our fuel cell program. We have assigned over 150 engineers to E-Flex development, and transitioned more than 500 fuel cell engineers from our Research and Development group to our core engineering functions. That’s a step toward accelerating the production engineering of hydrogen fuel cell and electric drive vehicles.

All these moves, and everything going on behind the scenes, are strong indicators that we’re serious about Volt, despite the “PR stunt” dismissals I still hear in some circles, and that we’re serious about other advanced technologies intended to move the future of the automobile away from petroleum. And we’ll continue to develop these technologies with as many resources as we can allocate to them, even if our attention and resources get diverted by proposed legislation that will only serve to keep America hooked on petroleum even longer.

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http://fastlane.gmblogs.com/archives/2007/...tuned.html#more

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I'm mostly impressed that they have 500 fuel cell engineers...

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All these moves, and everything going on behind the scenes, are strong indicators that we’re serious about Volt, despite the “PR stunt” dismissals I still hear in some circles, and that we’re serious about other advanced technologies intended to move the future of the automobile away from petroleum. And we’ll continue to develop these technologies with as many resources as we can allocate to them, even if our attention and resources get diverted by proposed legislation that will only serve to keep America hooked on petroleum even longer.

Dear nay-sayers of all those people about GM, I listen to only what Rick, Bob and Ed says. This kinda puts everything to rest.

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Dear nay-sayers of all those people about GM, I listen to only what Rick, Bob and Ed says. This kinda puts everything to rest.

Hmmm, where is GXT anyways? :scratchchin:

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Hmmm, where is GXT anyways? :scratchchin:

LMAO

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