That latter idea comes, in part, from former Chevy Volt booster Bob Lutz, who founded VL Automotive with Gilbert Villarreal, an automotive engineer and industrialist. Vilarreal will now become chief operating officer of WMGTA. In a statement, available below, Vilarreal said the merger will let WMGTA get busy making the Destino luxury and that, "I truly believe in the production of the GTA MyCar as a practical, electric transportation solution and an affordable fleet vehicle." The Destino, of course, is neither electric nor affordable. It is expected to cost around $180,000.
WMGTA thus has two brands. The GTA division will make practical little EVs like the MyCar. The WM division, on the other hand, "manufactures and distributes energy-efficient super sports cars with internal combustion engine." Now tell us, did you see that coming?
McLean, Virginia – May 5, 2014 - GreenTech Automotive Corp (GTA), a Virginia-based wholly owned subsidiary of WM GreenTech Automotive Corp. (WMGTA), today announced the recent merger of VL Automotive, an innovative luxury sports car manufacturing company based in Detroit, Michigan. VL Automotive will merge with GTA, a wholly owned subsidiary of WMGTA, which also has a wholly owned subsidiary that produces electric vehicles. After the merger, WMGTA now has its global engineering headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, manufacturing in Tunica, Mississippi, and U.S. corporate headquarters in McLean, Virginia.
VL Automotive was founded by Robert A. Lutz, former Chairman of General Motors, and Gilbert Villarreal, automotive engineer and industrialist. Villarreal will join GTA's executive team as its Chief Operating Officer. Before joining GTA, Villarreal served in various engineering leadership positions at the United States Marine Corps, the Boeing Company and General Motors.
"This merger will enable WMGTA to ramp up production of the Destino luxury sports sedan while strengthening its electric vehicle division. WMGTA has proven its practical business strategy and sensible approach to product development. I truly believe in the production of the GTA MyCar as a practical, electric transportation solution and an affordable fleet vehicle," Villarreal said.
"Leveraging more than a half-century of combined experience in the automotive industry by its founders, VL Automotive has produced a world class luxury sedan in record time. We see great synergies between the two companies and we are extremely excited for the merger to be complete. I believe that this merger will enable WMGTA to take a leap forward in engineering capability, product development and manufacturing standards, as well as production capacity," said Charles Wang, WMGTA President and CEO.
Driven by a passion for excellence in motion, VL Automotive's luxury sedan, the Destino, will be incorporated into WMGTA's highly efficient vehicle portfolio under the brand WM Destino.
"As we welcome VL Automotive into the WMGTA group of companies, we believe our brand value for elegance, performance, and environmental responsibility is aligned with VL Automotive's pursuit for excellence," Wang said.
About WM GreenTech Automotive Corp.
WM GreenTech Automotive (WMGTA) is a US-based automobile manufacturer. The WMGTA brand is divided into two distinct and exciting divisions. The WM division manufactures and distributes energy-efficient super sports cars with internal combustion engines. The GTA division is dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient electric vehicles. For more information, visit: www.wmgta.com.