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GM, Ford Leading Automotive Innovation Pack

Makers secure patents for vehicles, drivetrains and fuel cells.

by on May.28, 2014

GM secured more than two dozen patents for the eight-speed transmission for the Corvette Stingray.

While a number of automakers claim they are leaders in innovation, General Motors and Ford can bask in the glory of knowing they can back those claims with hard data.

GM led all automakers for the 11th consecutive quarter in filing for patents while Ford’s new F-150 has more patents filed than any pickup truck in history.

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GM’s patents cover a number of areas and include patents for fuel cells and technology that reduces energy consumption and phone apps that make life more convenient for motorists, according to the Patent Board and Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. (more…)

New GM CEO Barra Focused on Pleasing Buyers

Strong balance sheet helps with investment, innovation.

by on Jan.23, 2014

GM's new CEO Mary Barra says the automaker must focus on giving customers innovative vehicles.

General Motors must focus on satisfying customers with great products, while making sure the company’s various regions and brands are sharing best practices and working towards uniform goals and objectives, GM’s new chief executive officer said Thursday.

“To me, what’s important is we’re focused on the product,” Mary Barra, GM’s new chief executive, said during a meeting with reporters at the company’s Detroit headquarters.

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“I believe General Motors is an iconic company. People recognize the role that it plays. But at the end of the day, I don’t expect to get any free passes. It will depend on the strength of products and our brands. Public opinion is a bunch of individual opinions,” said Barra, who stressed the need for GM to deliver top-notch products throughout the meeting. (more…)

GM Claiming Lead in Innovation

Tops among 182 auto and transportation companies.

by on May.17, 2011

To feed the need for advanced products like the Chevy Volt, GM is pressing to take the lead in patent work.

The Patent Board has ranked General Motors as the top innovator of 182 companies in its quarterly automotive and transportation industry scorecard.

The Board analyzes intellectual property performance across 17 industries and determines the leader in each sector based on measurements that include the number of patents, impact on the industry, and technology and science strength.

GM also ranked first in the automotive/transportation sector in the previous scorecard, published in January.

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“We focus on inventions that make our vehicles more sustainable,” said Alan Taub, GM’s vice president of R&D. “Our engineers are developing advanced technologies that increase fuel efficiency and ensure safety while maintaining the excitement of personal mobility.”

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