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New Genesis Brand to Add Plug-In Hybrid Power

Taking aim at key German and Japanese rivals.

by on May.10, 2016

The Genesis Sport Sedan concept uses a hybrid drivetrain, but we can expect the production Genesis G70 to add a conventional gas engine and a performance, version.

Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand is set to add a plug-in hybrid to its line-up, and could eventually add more than one of the green models, according to its top U.S. executive.

The move is in line with what key competitors, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus are planning. Luxury brands are making an especially aggressive push into plug-based powertrain technology, in part, to help offset the lower mileage and higher emissions of their conventional, gas-powered products.

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“We believe alternative-propulsion engines are going to be really important,” Dave Zuchowski, the CEO of Hyundai Motor America, and head of Genesis operations in the U.S., told Automotive News. (more…)

Q&A: Fisker Automotive’s Henrik Fisker

Can a small start-up rewrite the rules of the auto business?

by on Nov.03, 2009

Danish-born designer Henrik Fisker believes his eponymously-named start-up, Fisker Automotive, can revolutionize the auto business.

Danish-born designer Henrik Fisker believes his eponymously-named start-up, Fisker Automotive, can revolutionize the auto business.

He’s best known as a designer, the pen behind gracefully muscular concept and production vehicles like the BMW Z8 roadster and the Aston Martin DB9 sports car.  But Danish designer Henrik Fisker could eventually wind up better known for a small, eponymously-named California start-up company with some very big plans.

In an unexpected move, Fisker left Ford’s then parent company, Ford Motor Co., in 2005, to set up his own firm in Southern California.  Initially, he and his partners planned to revive the lost art of custom coach building, taking platforms from luxury makers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz and retrofitting them with limited edition bodies and interiors.  But a couple years later, the designer shifted gears again.

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Next June, Fisker Automotive will deliver the first of an all-new series of vehicles dubbed Karma, using plug-in hybrid powertrain technology.  Plug-ins go a step beyond conventional hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, with oversized battery packs permitting a motorist to commute or run errands largely on electric power alone.  But Fisker insists that’s just the beginning.  Late last month, he announced plans to use a $528 million federal loan to purchase an abandoned General Motors plant, in Wilmington, Delaware, to produce a second line of plug-ins which the company expects to export around the world.

Can a Danish sports car designer challenge the big names in the auto industry?  TheDetroitBureau.com Publisher Paul A. Eisenstein spoke to Henrik Fisker about his company, his plans and his challenges.

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Opel Ampera E-REV on Target for Late ’11 Launch

European version of Chevy Volt targets Euro commuters.

by on Sep.16, 2009

Despite the financial crisis at Opel, the German maker intends to launch its extended-range electric vehicle, the Ampera, in late 2011. Opel CEO Carl-Peter Forster (c) says it will be "very close" to the concept version appearing at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Despite the financial crisis at Opel, the German maker intends to launch its extended-range electric vehicle, the Ampera, in late 2011. Opel CEO Carl-Peter Forster (c) says it will be "very close" to the concept version appearing at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The crisis surrounding Opel, the German subsidiary of General Motors, hasn’t delayed the planned launch of the maker’s extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV, the Ampera.

Sharing much of its fundamentals with the U.S. EREV, the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera will still reach market during the second half of 2011, confided Frank Weber, the program manager, during an interview at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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There has been plenty of concern about Opel’s product plans considering the operation has bordered on bankruptcy, in recent months.  The German-based operation has survived only with the financial assistance of the Berlin government – though German leaders pressed GM to relinquish a controlling stake in the company, in return.  Last week, the U.S. maker confirmed it would sell 65% of Opel to a consortium led by parts supplier Magna International.  The deal could be completed within the next 8 weeks, officials have confirmed.

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GM Tells Suppliers Keep Going on Cancelled Hybrid

Latest development confirms the survival of the plug-in GM needs for CAFE credits.

by on Sep.10, 2009

General Motors President and CEO Fritz Henderson announces the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve a city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon.

General Motors President and CEO Fritz Henderson announces the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is expected to achieve a city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon.

When General Motors eliminated half its brands, essentially overnight, it created turmoil in its product development program. For one thing, the sale of the Saturn division meant there’d be no home for the plug-in hybrid system that was supposed to be used on the brand’s 2011 Vue.

GM officials briefly considered giving a rebadged version of the Vue plug-in to Buick, one of the company’s four surviving North American brands, but pulled the plug on that idea, as well. However, sources confirmed for TheDetroitBureau.com last week that the technology won’t be abandoned, and while a final decision on where to use it has not been made, it would almost certainly show up in a Chevrolet or GMC model, most likely by the originally planned, 2011 model-year.

 The latest confirmation of this comes from suppliers to the program. GM is telling them to move ahead with plans for a plug-in hybrid despite the automaker’s decision to kill a Buick version of the plug-in hybrid that had garnered negative comments from potential consumers. 

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GM is now looking for new slot in its current lineup for the plug-in hybrid, according to Prabhakar Patil, the chief executive officer of Compact Power Inc. in Troy, Michigan.

Compact Power also is collaborating with GM on the Volt, and is in discussions with Eaton Corporation about producing lithium-ion batteries for trucks and commercial vehicles.

Compact Power is the North American subsidiary of LG Chem, one of the world’s largest producers of lithium-ion batteries for automotive hybrid electric vehicles and commercial and military markets.

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Abandoned GM Plug-In Hybrid Will Find New Home

Saturn gone, Buick nixed, plug-in will go to Chevy or GMC.

by on Sep.04, 2009

With Saturn to be sold, GM needs a new home for its Vue Plug-In Hybrid. Plans to give it to Buick were scrapped and it may now go to Chevy -- or GMC or Cadillac.

GM needs a new home for what was to have been the Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid. Plans to give it to Buick were scrapped and it may now go to Chevy -- or GMC or Cadillac.

When General Motors eliminated half its brands, essentially overnight, it created some significant turmoil in its product development program.  For one thing, the sale of the Saturn division meant there’d be no home for the plug-in hybrid system that was supposed to be used on the brand’s 2011 Vue.

GM officials briefly considered giving a thinly revised version of the Vue plug-in to Buick, one of the company’s four surviving North American brands, but pulled the plug on that idea, as well.  But, sources confirm for TheDetroitBureau.com, the technology won’t be abandoned, and while a final decision on where to use it has not been made, it will almost certainly show up in a Chevrolet or GMC model, most likely by the originally-planned, 2011 model-year.

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Like many of its competitors, GM is pushing heavy into “electrification,” the use of battery-powered hardware to either supplement or replace the time-tested internal combustion engine.  The well-publicized Chevy Volt is the prime example of this concept.  Though often casually described as a plug-in, Volt is actually an extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV.  The difference is subtle but significant, in that Volt’s wheel are always driven by electric motors.  Its lithium-ion battery pack has a suggested range of 40 miles, and after that, the EREV’s inline-four gasoline engine fires up – but only as a generator, giving it essentially unlimited range.

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