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Jim Queen, GM Global Enginnering Vice Pres. On Autoline Detroit 7/22/07

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Jim Queen Vice President for GM Global Engineering will be on Autoline Detroit on the next episode on July 22, 2007 on the Speed Channel on locally on Public Television in the Detroit area. The show can be seen online after airing.

Look out for it.

Set your tivos or vcrs or whatever or thing on the cable television that lets you replay shows later.

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Excellent, he gives out good info. He talked about Alpha months ago in an interview with Autoweek.

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Anyone has a link to Autoline Detroit? Thanks!

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I dont think he has "Mc" in his name.

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I dont think he has "Mc" in his name.

You are correct sir. I was thinking about Steve Mc Queen.

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Good show.. I saw it and then watched it on the internet. We now know:

minis and small cars will be developed in Korea

luxury cars( Cadillac ) will be developed in Detroit

midsized and compact cars will be developed in Europe

large rear drive cars will be developed in Australia

compact trucks in Brazil

Makes sense...... GM is more global now than ever. It is no longer GM North America. India is the growing GM market.

They also pointed out the regulations in different countries impact the weight of vehicles. They said they are watching how Honda is globalizing/regionalizing products and platforms. They are the best apparently at this. They also pointed out why some interiors cannot be too rich or luxury because you may go too far and end up where you do not want to be. They said it is important to go into areas where your product is not comfortable and do more than bench mark products in that segment. The biggest issue for GM will be the fuel regulations Washington is working on. All 2009-2010 products are locked in. The 2011 and beyond are in limbo until things are settled. They feel E-85 is the way to go along with hydrogen and other things like diesels to meet the new fuel economy regulations. E-85 works as it was shown to work in Brazil.

If you look at the interiors on the crossovers( Acadia/Outlook/Enclave) that is why the Saturn looks so low end. That is why the Acadia looks midlevel, but not quite there. The Enclave goes all the way. It has things the others do not have like insulation in open body parts, laminated glass, and other sound deading materials. It is heavier than the other two. So, knowing that, that means Chevrolet Traverse will really look low end.

They talked about Alpha, but did not get into much detail. He was being secretive. They said they realized they wanted a small rear drive platform. That means in order to have a business case for it, several divisions will get it. It will most likely be Cadillac, Holden and Pontiac and maybe Saturn.

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They also pointed out why some interiors cannot be too rich or luxury because you may go too far and end up where you do not want to be.

kind of a crock. your interiors need to be nice because that is the primary reason some most folks buy a car on.

GM is still too afraid to spend the neccessary dollars to build the car the way folks want. new vue might be the only exception.

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His comments about mass reduction were promising. Hopefully that starts with the EP II's.

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