• Nov 15, 2007
Promising the best possible fuel economy for whichever type of vehicle its customers choose, GM's Bob Lutz and Ed Peper trotted a full lineup of green vehicles from their arsenal. The Aveo5, Impala E85, Malibu Hybrid, Tahoe Hybrid, Silverado Hybrid, Volt, Equinox Fuel Cell, Beat and Groove were used to show off that Chevy will be the brand carrying the greenish flame most prominently into the future for GM. Lutz talked about having a whole range of options available to meet future trends, from hybrids, to flex-fuel burners, to fuel cells, to electrics like start/stop technology and good old-fashioned economy cars that get great fuel economy.




The Aveo5, Groove and Beat fall into that last category. When talking about the Beat, Lutz admitted that although it was chosen by online ballot from among two other small car concepts, it's been the one the automaker's really wanted to build all along. "You wouldn't believe how many GM employees we had voting late into the night to make sure that happened," he joked. He added that because the Groove had also gotten a fairly large number of votes, it too could see production some day.

Lutz added that 10 of the 100 Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell (EFC) vehicles being built and put into the hands of real human beings in GM's Project Driveway program are headed to Disneyland. As part of a new partnership, Disney will use 10 of the EFCs for executive shuttles around the Disneyland complex to test and evaluate the vehicles over the next year. Talking about the hybrid Silverado trucks and Tahoe SUVs, Bob mentioned that not only are they the first application of hybrid technology in full-size haulers, but the Silverado actually offers mileage comparable to some base 4-cylinder Toyota cars. Zing!

Lutz isn't sure which way the enviro winds will blow, but he wanted to stress that Chevy will follow the breeze wherever it leads. We're not sure how cars like the Corvette and Camaro fit into this equation, but in all fairness, those cars could well follow these same guidelines and offer best in class efficiency like the rest.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is interesting. Though I'm happy that the thinking is beginning about this topic by GM, I remember that tomorrow, Freedom From Oil will convert a Prius hybrid to a plug-in hybrid, just to prove that it CAN be done in a day!!! Wow! It begs the question: What UP? (Plug-ins could reduce American gas consumpsion by 85% Now, that's what I'm talking about! To follow that blog http://understory.ran.org/2007/11/14/ran-at-the-la-auto-show/
      • 7 Years Ago
      man that aveo is ugly. everything else is nice
        • 7 Years Ago
        Taste is subjective.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess it's good, fad marketing to trot out the new and expected hybrids, but on balance, they're too expensive and don't help the Earth at all--hybrids are little more than pablum for the Greenies.

      When Honda imports a 50 state, clean diesel, the hybrid hype will face a REAL challenge that makes more sense.

      At the moment, the smartest and best value for environmentally responsible car buyers is a good, 4 cylinder car such as the Honda Accord/Civic, or Toyota Camry/Accord, or similar.

      Hybrids still cost too much relative to their benefits.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You do realize that your biggest oil supplier is Canada (followed by Mexico), right?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I meant Camry/Corolla above. I must have "Accord" in
        mind because I own one and a friend just bought an '08 sedan which is a winner IMO.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing (about the diesel). I hope Maximum Bob isn't going to sideslip the idea of a clean diesel option for at least the light duty trucks and SUVs. Plus, with the Opel presence there should be adequate engineering opportunity for GM to explore passenger car diesel technology. But I agree, Quack, that the Honda clean diesel Accord is going to be the game changer. The Volkswagen TDI history has been great, but VWs were always too quirky to really gain a foothold in the mainstream of the market. If Honda can pull it off, I think that will be the catalyst.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Psst-don't let them know that they got most of their oil from Canada, it'd either:
        -Make them wonder what the f- they're doing in Iraq
        -Result in a "liberation force" being sent to Alberta.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why do you assume people only buy hybrids to save planet earth? Maybe they buy them because they're tired of sending money to questionable middle eastern governments? Or maybe they simply want to support the technology and the effort by the car companies?

        Don't dismiss GM's efforts just because they're not headquartered in Japan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I did my part for economy when I bought a 5-speed in my full-size, 5.7L, extended cab, long bed Chevy truck. Anybody that doesn't like it will just have to learn to live with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fugly, just fugly. GM sux
        • 7 Years Ago
        Brilliant critique there. ::rolls eyes::
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, people can;t take a critique cuz then they roll there eyes. Adam your man not a women, Buck UP
        • 7 Years Ago
        This just proves that GM haters are idiots for not knowing how grammar works:
        Quote:
        And not only is it brilliant but by using the "x" in place of the correct "ck" Frank shows that he is not only witty and erudite but efficient as well in saving himself the lone keystroke. And in the face of such a complete and well thought out argument I myself must concur that GM does in fact.... sux.

        the original Sux, refers to GM, GM being a single entity, the 'x' replaces 'cks'. Therefore, what you are saying is "..GM does in fact.... sucks". That doesn't make sense.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Give the guy a break. He probably heard someone say fugly for the first time today, and couldn't wait to use it in a sentence, or at least something resembling a sentence. Maybe next he'll learn how to spell "sucks" properly.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone mentioned that the new Aveo is going to sport an Opel-designed Ecotec engine, rather than a Korean one, that will be much, much more fuel efficient than the previous Aveos. Does anyone know anything about that?

      I have said it a million times. The Aveo has absolutely nothing on the Opel Corsa, which really is one of the best global small cars out there. The Corsa also comes with gas, diesel, and even a 1.6L turbo option (OPC). It is ridiculous that GM did not farm the Corsa to Korea or Mexico to build for the N/A market. I bet that the next-gen Aveo and Corsa should either merge or be built on the same chassis.

      2010 should be an exciting time for GM -- when the next Vectra (Aura / Malibu), Astra, and Corsa (and Volt?) are due out. Maybe we will see diesels and hybrids of all of those models at that time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's going to happen, but not yet. The Aveo is a canvas.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So an online poll heavily contributed by Americans and the Beat will now be made because of the results! But wait! Just because the majority of Americans who voted chose the Beat, we will not sell it domestically! Whoohoo!

      They still don't get it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      man wtf is wrong whit us? when they show the aveo in germany many of us said "i whish this aveo were in america" now is here and you blame it? i mean, that new fat i mean fit looks ugly compared to its first version. yaris is a toy. an nissan does not even look good. do not spect an aveo to look like a corvette! because the aveo is not for tha part of the market. lets face it america! you claim tha domestic never have good mpgs, but do you forgot about GEO? the car tha everybody made fun of, tha car got 50s in mpg a thing that not even expensive hybrids can do now. aveo is the modern metro looking better,a great price and good mpgs. now the beat looks awsome.
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