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GM Outlines Strategy to Slash Fuel Consumption

“All things are possible,” says CEO Akerson.

by on Mar.06, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson outlines the maker's energy efficiency plans.

It may seem like an odd choice to pitch fuel efficiency and energy independence in Texas, but General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson took that message to the Lone Star State today, telling participants in an energy conference that America is on the right track as it curbs consumption and develops domestic resources while curbing fuel imports.

The former Naval Academy graduate also used his speech to a conference hosted by global consulting firm IHS to outline GM’s plans for sharply improving the fuel economy of its products over the coming years.

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Quoting widely read Texas author Larry L. King, GM’s chief executive said the state one was the roll model for America as a was a place where “all things are possible.” The payoff of cutting energy consumption – and especially the U.S. dependence upon foreign oil, Akerson emphasized, “suggests to me that ‘all things may be possible’ once again – if we play our cards right.”

But the executive also stressed that the nation needs to move away from a reactive approach to its energy policy, “lurching from crisis to crisis,” and form a more effective, well-thought-out, proactive approach.


Demand Surging for Highest-Mileage GM Models

All-time record for models getting 30 mpg+.

by on Apr.03, 2012

GM says demand is surging for high-mileage models like the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

The surge in fuel prices has led to a huge shift in buyer demand, according to General Motors, the maker reporting it sold more high-mileage models than ever last month.

Demand for products delivering 30 mpg or better has grown so much GM recently had to up incentives on less efficient V-6 versions of several crossover-utility vehicles because it was running out of higher-mileage four-cylinder models.

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“GM’s strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

With the industry set to report March sales later today, GM gave a hint of what is happening as the market responds to $4 gas.  Sales of the 12 models it offers in the U.S. getting at least 30 mpg will total more than 100,000 for the month, an all-time record, the company said.


GM Preparing New Small Block V-8

Gen-V engine promises better mileage and muscle.

by on Dec.06, 2011

The 100-millionth GM small-block engine sits completed at the end of the assembly line.

General Motors is getting ready to roll out an all-new version of its small block V-8 and the maker promises to deliver a mix of both better performance and improved mileage.

The fifth-generation V-8 is due out within 24 months and GM engineers are confirming the Gen-V small-block engine will deliver greater fuel efficiency compared with the current generation without sacrificing performance demanded for products like the Corvette ZR-1.

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“The Gen-V small block is an all-new, state-of-the-art engine family that will offer more efficiency and refinement than any other small block in its more than half-century of production,” said Jordan Lee, the program’s chief engineer. “For customers, that will mean cars and trucks that deliver more performance while using less gas to do it.”