We're close, but we're not that close.

That's what Rita Forst, head of development at General Motors' Opel division, seemed to be saying when discussing the possibility of GM and PSA Peugeot Citroën sharing advanced-powertrain trade secrets.

Speaking at an automotive industry conference in Munich last week, Horst said she "can't imagine" GM giving Peugeot tips on its Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in exchange for Peugeot's disclosures about its 3008 Hybrid4 diesel hybrid, Reuters reports.

In February, GM agreed to acquire 7 percent of PSA in a collaboration that would allow the U.S. and French automakers to share midsize vehicle and crossover platforms and cut costs by combining component purchases. GM estimated that the alliance would eventually save the company $2 billion a year.

Last month, Opel said its Ampera, the Volt's sister vehicle, accounted for more than 20 percent of all electric vehicle sales in Europe, making it the best-selling EV on the continent. In March, the Ampera (and Volt) won the 2012 European Car of the Year award.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Day Ago
      Car manufacturers agree to collude to continue selling the same stinky polluting vehicles they have always sold. They agree that production of new low emissions technology vehicles will continue to be limited and expensive. Profits from the traditional business model will be protected.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        If they knew how to easily build profitable inexpensive EVs, they would do it in a second. No one gets hurt more by gas price increases than the auto companies. It put two of the big three into bankruptcy. It is just not easy to do as the long long list of bankrupt electric vehicle manufacturers proves. Just off the top of my head I can list EV & EV component makers: Think Aptera Bright Automotive Azure Dynamics GreenVehicles Ener1 It is just not an easy business. The current dip in oil prices and struggling economy will probably claim more victims. Of course if they only had Dan's magic formula!
        DaveMart
        • 1 Day Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Both GM and Peugeot build hybrids, with Peugeot building a plug in shortly. They use completely different technology though, with Peugeot using a through the road configuration entirely different to the Volt. In small battery cars GM is to produce the Spark soon, and Peugeot has put 10,000 small BEVs on the road over the last ten years, the 106 EV. Don't let the facts get in the way of your conspiracy theories though.
      porosavuporo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Psst, dont tell anyone but I = V/R
        SVX pearlie
        • 1 Day Ago
        @porosavuporo
        Peugeot has alternators and batteries in their cars, you know...
          porosavuporo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Toy batteries, yes i have seen them. I have had to jump start my friends french cars ( we used to call them ribbets .. ) on several occasions in cold weather, in the past :)
      Ford Future
      • 1 Day Ago
      Then what's the point?
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ford Future
        The point is that the Voltec technology is a very important growing technology that GM will continue to refine and protect for their future success.
        throwback
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ford Future
        To try and make money in Europe. GM should have sold Opel when they came out of bankruptcy. I think they still need to sell Opel, they have comitted to Chevy as their global mainstream brand.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 1 Day Ago
      it's not like electric drive is a secret. and what about the Volt is worth copying..
        SVX pearlie
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Totally f-ing retarded, as usual. The Volt is state of the art technology - there is nothing more advanced in the world today, period. GM poured tremendous money into developing an EV with practical range, smooth transitions, and usable livablity. There's a huge amount of reliability and "polishing" in the system. For you to dismiss it only further highlights how much of a retard you are.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Day Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Sent today by me to AOL: 'In spite of repeatedly reporting abuse, the use of the term 'retard' by a poster, the site Autoblog Green does not take measures against the poster, or speedily remove the offending posts. Since this is clearly against AOL's policy and terms of use, I would request that you take speedy action, including contacting the users ISP in view of his repeated use of offensive and discriminatory language: http://green.autoblog.com/2012/07/19/gm-peugeot-alliance-wont-include-electric-drive-secrets/ See post by SVX Perlie'