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GM to Make Major Technology Announcement

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Noticed that Ford and Toyota have both posted their Feb sales numbers (both down, btw), so I thought I'd browse out to media.gm.com and see if GM had posted their sales numbers yet (they haven't).

Did see a post titled: "GM To Make Major Technology Announcement At Geneva Motor Show"

http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet...amp;docid=43974

Details are skimpy:

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner will make a major announcement regarding hybrid technology. Media are invited to view the event via webcast.

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 8:45 a.m. EST/2:45 p.m. CET

WHERE:

GM press conference during Geneva Motor Show

View the webcast at http://media.gm.com

WHO:

GM-Europe President Carl-Peter Forster will join GM CEO Rick Wagoner in making the announcement

Anybody care to speculate?

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ummm either something about the volt, battery technology...

a new hybrid? E100 hybird

gas-hybrid-hytrogen combo?

probably has something to do with silverado or malibu hybrid...

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Every GM vehicle comes standard with a start/stop BAS system? FlexFuel capability on every GM vehicle?

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Carl-Peter Forster is resigning his post, effective immediately?
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EVERYBODY RUUNNN!!!!!
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Every GM vehicle comes standard with a start/stop BAS system?

That would be a MAJOR announcement. Then every GM car would be a hybrid and GM could very quickly take the prize as the hybrid sales leader from Toyota.

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The more I dig around, the more I believe it's their BAS+ (BAS-II) system. A std hybrid-for-all announcement would rock. It would be a total public perception/relations coup, it would help GM reach the more stringent CAFE numbers to boot. And something like that would drive costs down across the board.

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the next move for a V6.... (dreaming)

Camaro engine?

the 1.4L turbo progress for the US?

dedicated E85 engine?

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cmattson where you been?

blu, i think CARLPETER is going to announce death of all zeta cars globe wide! as penance we will all be offered overstock detuned 9-3's with cloth seats and cupholder delete!!!!!!!!!!

BAS2 will rock!

perhaps the new 9-1 or all the next gen deltas will get it standard?

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EPII is being replaced by W. LOL ZETA is being replaced by H.

Delta is being replace by N.

the Chevette is coming back on shortened Sigma.

Death of the V8.

gonna say F-U to CAFE.

serious

An 8 speed 4mode for Cadi.

SMG trannies

6speeds, everywhere not 2 mode hybrid, by 2010

something from the A-B segment trio from NY.

a ~1.5L diesel for delta/gamma

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I might be new here, but what the hell is BAS-II?

I have no idea..must be yet another secret insider code that some people like throwing around.

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I might be new here, but what the hell is BAS-II?

A second generation/more advanced version of the Belt Alternator Starter system used in the 'mild hybrid' old Vue Greenline, Aura Greenline, and Malibu Hybrid.

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A second generation/more advanced version of the Belt Alternator Starter system used in the 'mild hybrid' old Vue Greenline, Aura Greenline, and Malibu Hybrid.

Ah...cool. We need a glossary for all the TLAs around here.

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Where have I been? Just hang'n out, acting cool (it's not working, is it?). Actually, I've been busy at work for the most part. I'm still a hyper-enthusiast, browsing various auto sites multiple times/day -- I just haven't been posting as much. Anyways, here's a snippet from a wsj article dated Mar. 1 of this year:

Next week General Motors Corp. is expected to claim an advance of its own at the Geneva auto show when it announces it plans to use lithium ion batteries to upgrade the hybrid powertrains it offers in vehicles such as its Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura models, according to people familiar with the company's plans

Full article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1204330528...=googlenews_wsj

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I win!! I win!!!!!

3x more powerful electric motor. More launch power and more electric power during the driving cycle. 20% better fuel economy based on what motor it is mated with.

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Oh cool, they just pulled the covers of the Meriva concept.

It looks great!

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Next-Generation GM Hybrid System Announced in Geneva






High-volume system will debut in North America in 2010, and then expand globally
Hitachi to supply new lithium-ion battery
Cost-effective technology to improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent


GENEVA - As another key element in its overall global strategy to improve fuel economy and reduce oil consumption and CO2 emissions, General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner announced today that GM will introduce a second-generation version of the GM Hybrid System with a new, more powerful lithium-ion battery.

Hitachi Vehicle Energy Ltd., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd., will supply an advanced lithium-ion battery, which will help make the next-generation GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Overall fuel economy improvements for cars and trucks using the system are expected to be up to 20 percent, depending on engine and vehicle application.

"This new system is another important step in our broad-based strategy to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and emissions," Wagoner said at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show.

The next-generation GM Hybrid System will build upon the successful belt-alternator-starter hybrid technology currently available in the Saturn Vue, Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu. By building on this proven technology, Wagoner said, GM will be able to make the GM Hybrid System more cost-effective and expand its application in GM's global vehicle portfolio.

"In order to have a real impact in reducing oil consumption, oil imports, and CO2 emissions, advanced technologies must be affordable enough to drive high-volume applications," he said. "We plan to roll out this next-generation hybrid technology globally, across our brands and regions, starting in 2010 in North America, and we expect that volumes will eventually exceed 100,000 units annually."

The next-generation GM Hybrid System will complement GM's widely acclaimed Two-Mode Hybrid system as part of the company's advanced powertrain portfolio. The Two-Mode Hybrid system debuted in 2007 in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, and will be offered this year in the Cadillac Escalade full-size SUV and the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups. The first front-wheel-drive application of the Two-Mode Hybrid system will debut in the 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line.

The increased power from the lithium-ion battery will allow the next-generation GM Hybrid System to be used in a wide range of global powertrains, including naturally aspirated engines, new high-efficiency turbocharged engines, bio-fuel engines and diesels.

This technology is showcased in the Saab 9-X BioPower Hybrid concept car, which debuted today at the Geneva Motor Show. The Saab concept is capable of 117 g CO2/km, or projected fuel consumption of just 4.9 l/100 km (48 mpg) when running on gasoline over the combined cycle.

The next-generation GM Hybrid System helps optimize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by:

Turning the engine off at idle
Offering brief electric-only propulsion
Using a more powerful electric motor to enhance engine efficiency
Extending fuel cutoff during deceleration
Extending regenerative braking to recapture more energy
Performing intelligent hybrid battery charging
For additional energy savings, an advanced six-speed automatic transmission also may be used, depending on the vehicle application.

The current GM Hybrid System was introduced in 2006 on the Saturn Vue Green Line SUV, which remains the lowest-priced hybrid SUV in the U.S., starting at a $25,995 MSRP. Shanghai GM announced in January that the Buick LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid sedan will be the first application for the current GM Hybrid System in Asia-Pacific.

By the end of 2008, GM will offer eight hybrid models in North America and nine worldwide. GM will introduce 16 new hybrid vehicles over the next four years.

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"In order to have a real impact in reducing oil consumption, oil imports, and CO2 emissions, advanced technologies must be affordable enough to drive high-volume applications," he said. "We plan to roll out this next-generation hybrid technology globally, across our brands and regions, starting in 2010 in North America, and we expect that volumes will eventually exceed 100,000 units annually."

The increased power from the lithium-ion battery will allow the next-generation GM Hybrid System to be used in a wide range of global powertrains, including naturally aspirated engines, new high-efficiency turbocharged engines, bio-fuel engines and diesels.

By the end of 2008, GM will offer eight hybrid models in North America and nine worldwide. GM will introduce 16 new hybrid vehicles over the next four years.

:thumbsup:

Very cool!

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From the graphics I've seen but dunno if I can post,

the Turbo 2.4 Hybrid that comes from this has more torque across the entire band than the 3.6VVT... but especially at the low end.

Torque jumps nearly 100ft/lbs at 1,200rpm over the non-hybrid Turbo 2.4!!!

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GM, make mine an E85 2.8 litre V6 turbo VVT with DI and BAS-II..... k? thnx, bye.

oh yeah, and you could soooo run a base Zeta sedan with one of these 4-cylinders.....

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