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GM: Yes to E-REV and eAssist, No to Traditional Hybrids

Automaker wants to build 500,000 electrified vehicles by 2017.

by on Nov.15, 2012

General Motors expects to build 500,000 vehicles with some level of electrification in the next five years. Many of them will have GM's eAssist light electrification system.

Despite poor sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, GM says it is committed to building hundreds of thousands of electrified vehicles in the next five years.

Mary Barra, senior vice president of global product development for GM, said besides plug-in technology such as in the Volt, GM will also add its eAssist mild hybrid system to more models. In fact, by 2017, GM expects to have as many as 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification.

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“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development told media attending the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco. “Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward.”


First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Impala

Can it regain past glories?

by on Apr.04, 2012

Chevrolet's Impala goes through one of its most dramatic redesigns in decades.

It was once the best-selling car in America, in the ‘60s reaching a peak of a million sales a year.  But in more recent times, the Chevrolet Impala hasn’t fared nearly as well.  And of the big sedans Chevy does build each year, most of those wind up going into daily rental fleets.

But the General Motors division hopes to put Impala back in the game with a major remake for 2013 that adds significant gravitas to the design that could help it muscle up against its mainstream competitors – perhaps even draw over some up-market buyers, Chevrolet is hoping as it launches the new model at the 2012 NY Auto Show.

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Hide the bow tie badge, in fact, and one might initially mistake the new Impala for the similar coupe-like sedan design of the far more expensive Audi A7 — though at a fraction of the price tag.

“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” says John Cafaro, who oversaw exterior design on the new model.


Buick Regal to Get New eAssist Drivetrain

At 37 mpg, a 25% mileage bump.

by on Feb.08, 2011

The eAssist system bumps Regal mileage to 37 mpg on the highway, 26 around town.

The new Buick Regal, currently an also-ran in the midsize mileage race, is about to get back in the game.

The maker will give Regal the same eAssist hybrid driveline used by the bigger Buick LaCrosse, it will formally announce at the Chicago Auto Show, this week.  That technology will bump fuel economy upwards by an estimated 25%.

While the Regal will still lag behind Ford’s 40+ mpg Fusion Hybrid, the Buick offering will still get a respectable 37 mpg on the City, according to preliminary estimates, and 26 mpg in city driving.

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And that’s a big improvement from the conventionally-powered sedans current 19 City/30 Highway rating.

The eAssist driveline is what generally is known as a “mild hybrid,” or “mybrid,” though General Motors prefers the term, “light electrification.”