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GM Puts Its Products on a Diet

Efficiency is part of performance, says product czar Reuss.

by on May.19, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro lost 200 pounds.

Pressure to improve fuel economy in the face of tough new federal rules is forcing General Motors to put its future products on a diet – something that will also require a major change in its internal culture, said the maker’s global product development chief.

The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is an example of this shift in direction, said Executive Vice President Mark Reuss. In years past, each new product was heavier than the model it replaced. But the sixth-generation muscle car is 200 pounds lighter. Cutting mass, Reuss said, not only translates into a more fuel-efficient vehicle but one that is quicker and more nimble.

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“It still needs to be a wicked fast track car,” he said. But Reuss added that, “I include efficiency in performance.”

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SGL and BMW to Build Carbon Fiber Plant In U.S.

Mass production of carbon fiber parts is an ambitious goal.

by on Apr.06, 2010

BMW intends to use expensive light weight materials in future "Megacity" vehicles.

SGL Group and BMW Group today announced today that their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, would build a carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington.

During the initial phase, $100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created.

The new facility is part of a strategy to commercialize the manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in future vehicles. Right now CFRP is only used in ultra-expensive supercars, and the hand layup processes are glacially slow and defect prone.

However, as both carbon dioxide and fuel efficiency standards tighten all auto makers are looking to build lighter weight vehicles to increase fuel efficiency. Light weight is particularly appealing for electric vehicles because it decreases the demand on very expensive lithium ion battery packs thereby increasing range.

The fibers manufactured at Moses Lake will be used in  BMW Group’s upcoming Megacity vehicle – a new small car for urban mobility. Megacity is set to be launched before 2015 under the  Mini brand, and will be assembled in Leipzig, Germany.

Also known as project-i, the Megacity program will eventually produce both electric and internal combustion engine vehicles. CFRP is a relatively strong lightweight material but it has been considered too expensive for mass applications. CFRP also requires sophisticated design and analysis tools so that vehicles with it meet safety regulations, particularly crash standards. (more…)

BMW and SGL Form Carbon Fiber Joint Venture

Goal to produce advanced “Megacity Vehicle” in next decade.

by on Oct.29, 2009

BMW has formed a new joint venture aimed at producing future "Megacity Vehicles," like this concept.

BMW has formed a new joint venture aimed at producing future "Megacity Vehicles," like this high-mileage concept.

BMW has formed a joint venture with SGL Group aimed at developing and producing carbon fiber, a strong yet super-light material that the German automaker plans to use to build its so-called Megacity Vehicle.

Key to the $133 million venture is transforming carbon fiber from a high-cost specialty material used only in the most expensive, limited-volume supercars and making it competitively priced for mass market products, the new partners noted.

BMW announced the Megacity project at its annual meeting, last March.  Targeted for production sometime during the first half of the next decade, CEO Norbert Reithofer described it as “the first of a range of near-zero emission vehicles.”  Also known as project-i, Reithofer said the Megacity program would produce both electric vehicles and those with highly efficient internal combustion engines.

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The first Megacity Vehicle is the battery-powered Mini-E prototype, of which BMW is currently planning to build and field test 500.  Eventually, such models could show up in the various BMW AG brands, including not only Mini but also BMW and possibly even Rolls-Royce.  Reithofer ruled out adding a new brand to the group.

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