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GM News, New Models and Market Share

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  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071219/ANA02/794235660/-1

    Of course the guys from the scientists Union have no clue. "Just use conventional approaches and simple fixes". Thats why every company is proposing huge investments in expensive technology and materials to meet it. Even Honda offering basically only small cars and few trucks will have to introduce expensive hybrids.

    I think though that Honda is in for a little surprize. The new rules state that the entire industry output must meet the 35 mpg average. It also states that segments will have their own mpg requirements based on size. So while large cars may need to meet 30 mpg, smaller vehicles will have to meet 40 to get the industry wide 35. So Hondas will actually have to get closer to 40 mpg average while GM corporate average will get closer to 30 due to their larger trucks and cars.

    DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. plans new gasoline-electric hybrids and an electric car, Ford Motor Co. will introduce more turbochargers and direct fuel injection on smaller engines, and Toyota Motor Corp. is mulling lighter weight vehicles -- all aiming to meet tougher U.S. fuel efficiency standards that became law on Wednesday.

    The first rewrite of the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules since they were created in the late 1970s will require large investments by manufacturers to meet the average fleetwide target of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, a 40 percent increase over current levels.

    The new CAFE regulations were included in broad energy legislation approved by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on Wednesday.

    "There is no one silver bullet out there for fuel efficiency," said IRN analyst Erich Merkle. "It has to be a myriad of things... reducing the weight of the vehicle, using more aluminum, hybrids."

    Eli Hopson, representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists Clean Vehicle program, said conventional approaches and simple fixes are cheaper.

    Auto companies plan gradual improvements. They will emphasize more efficient gasoline engines and a combination of alternative-fuel options -- including ethanol and gasoline blends, electricity, gasoline-electric hybrids and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

    GM is betting on an upcoming electric car, the Volt, while Ford is planning a range of turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine technologies, which the company says will provide fuel savings between 10 to 20 percent.

    GM also plans to launch an average of one new hybrid model every three months for the next two years that includes the Saturn Vue and Aura Green Line, and Chevrolet Malibu.

    Ford also plans to make half of its production capable of running on alternative fuels by 2012.

    "The new fuel economy standards within the bill set a tough, national target that GM will strive to meet," GM company's chief executive, Rick Wagoner, said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co., which has the highest fleet mileage of any major automaker, is rolling out a new mass-market hybrid in 2009, said it will make the new standard on a fleetwide basis.

    "Where we're going the 35 mile-per-gallon standard will take a lot of resources and a lot of effort, but we can do it," said John Mendel, executive vice president in charge of Honda's U.S. operations in an interview last week.

    Toyota North America, the leader in hybrid technology, is mulling a plan to move to lighter weight materials to improve efficiency.

    Gasoline demand accounts for nearly half of the average daily U.S. consumption of 20.9 million barrels of oil. The regulations could lower U.S. crude oil usage by 2 million barrels per day -- or 8 percent -- by 2030, according to government estimates.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    http://www.autoobserver.com/2007/12/chevrolet-corve.html#more

    A Mid-Engined Corvette ???? :surprise: I guess if they can Ferrari 512 Testarossa-ize it with the huge side scoops then I'm for it !!!! :shades:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/60722477@N00/293121339/

    -Rocky
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    ...the idea of a mid-engined Corvette is not new. Chevrolet had an experimental mid-engine 'Vette, with a 4-rotor rotary engine no less, back in 1973!
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    A mid-engine Corvette? :confuse:

    That's like building a front-engine NSX. Oh, wait... :cry:
  • With Ford and Chrysler on the brink of going out of business, I would expect those people to defect to GM (if they haven't already ;) ) so that should push GM well above 30% and maybe closer to 40%.

    That's if Toyota doesn't go out of business first, with all the recalls, sludged engines, terrible customer service, miserable reliability and cheap interiors it could be a close race to the bottom!

    The American Revolution is in full swing and taking names!
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Yep !!!!

    You must be anythingbutgm's evil twin !!! :shades:

    -Rocky
  • torque_rtorque_r Posts: 500

    The American Revolution is in full swing and taking names!


    With Ford and Chrysler at or near rock bottom, the american revolution is NOT in full swing. Maybe later when they rebound.

    That's if Toyota doesn't go out of business first, with all the recalls, sludged engines, terrible customer service, miserable reliability and cheap interiors it could be a close race to the bottom!

    And yet despite all that, Toyota is leaving 2007 as the second largest seller behind GM, gaining market share and outselling Ford. And GM, despite all the good products has lost market share. We will see what happens in the near future.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    2007 recall data shows that GM had the fewest vehicle recalls of all major OEMs. Toyota/Honda had a few more even thought they sold fewer vehicles. Ford is the one the sticks out with a huge quantity.

    Again data shows that quality, as measured by things gone wrong, is pretty much even now.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    No, he's anythingbutgm's good twin! Andres3 is andre1969's evil twin.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    LOL !!!

    -Rocky
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
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    How much did Toyota make last year? I think it is in the billions.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    retail sales flat with last year
    rental Fleet sales down another 100,000 units

    General Motors Corp.'s North American sales chief said
    Wednesday the auto maker's retail market share was flat in 2007 but
    expects to increase it this year with newly launched cars and crossover
    utility vehicles.

    Mark LaNeve, speaking to reporters, said that GM will continue its
    strategy of being more selective with incentives and keeping sales to
    fleet customers, such as car rental companies, modest.

    "Our retail share, when the year is said and done, will be really flat,"
    LaNeve said. "It's been flat over the last couple of years. We'd like it
    to start growing, but in a market where things are shifting from trucks
    and SUVs to passenger cars, that's not too bad."

    Retail sales exclude sales to fleet customers.

    GM has worked to offer better products in segments where it has
    struggled against Japanese competitors.

    LaNeve said GM has "certainly a great opportunity to grow our share"
    since it is still ramping up launches of passenger cars and crossover
    utility vehicles.

    He noted that demand for the new Chevrolet Malibu, a midsize car, has
    been higher than expected and probably won't be up to full production
    levels until April or May.

    He also said GM is "looking at a pretty good retail December," though he
    noted that sales to fleet customers will be down 15,000 to 20,000 for
    the month.

    Auto makers report December sales Thursday.

    GM will end 2007 with fleet sales down more than 100,000 from the prior
    year, LaNeve said. That's part of a planned pullback from fleet sales
    that's intended to improve residual values for GM vehicles.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Anyone notice that Toyota is now releasing press releases stating they have Li batteries in testing for usage in an upcoming model? Just two months ago they were saying that GM was doing dangerous testing using Li batteries. They were gonna burn up like Toyotas did!
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Well the show is coming fast. Some surprizes for all I hope ;)

    What concept vehicles and actual releases I would like to see besides just the production vehicles:

    Buick: show car of a vehicle to make Rocky happy :) with perhaps a little "comment" from Lutz on making it. If not that, a hint at what the next LaCrosse will look like and it shows a bit of Enclave "out there" styling.

    Pontiac: A hint of a possible RWD G6 concept car. Perhaps a RWD compact to replace the G5.

    GMC: replacement for the mid size pick up trucks. With the new MPG rules and cost of gas perhaps this segment can become something worthwhile.

    Chevy: More Volt type vehicles. Lutz has said the Volt is just the start. Lets see another plugged in electric model in another segment besides small sedan.

    A hint of the Impala. Do not know whether it will be FWD or RWD but show something. Perhaps this can be a full size plugged in electrical car?????

    Release the actual Camaro.

    Mid sized pick up truck?

    Release the Chevy Lamda.

    Cadillac: release the CTS coupe and convertible (CTC, CTO????)

    BLS concept

    STS/DTS replacement concepts, perhaps with a V16 hybrid available :blush:

    Saturn: ??? perhaps an Astra convertible to make Saturn a bit more playful?

    Saab: I really do not care. Rocky can fill in the blank here.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080103/AUTO01/801030321/1148-

    Now building at two plants.

    It likely will be spring before GM is able to build enough of the new Chevrolet Malibus to meet demand, the automaker's sales chief said Wednesday. Meanwhile, thousands of dealers are without a made-over Malibu on their lots.

    GM says the shortage is a good problem to have -- and several automotive analysts agree.

    The new Malibus "are turning faster and more prolifically than we anticipated. They're selling well in Southern California. They're selling well in Flint," Mark LaNeve, GM North America vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing, said Wednesday. "We don't have anywhere near the availability we'd need for peak (sales) performance."

    GM last month ramped up Malibu production. The cars are built at GM's Orion factory, as well as at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., where the last generation Malibu was built.

    LaNeve said GM anticipated big demand for the new Malibu, but not to the extent the automaker has seen since the car hit showrooms Nov. 1.

    Analysts say it will likely take several months to truly gauge Malibu's success.

    The Malibu's dramatic overhaul has been a hit with auto critics, and consumers appear to be responding. GM is looking to Malibu to steal customers from the top-selling Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080103/AUTO01/801030325/1148-

    US industry average up 1 mpg last year for a record 26.6 mpg. cars:31.2 trucks:23.1

    GM 29.9 domestic cars, 31.9 imported cars, 22.6 trucks

    Toyota 31.6 domestic cars, 38.5 imported (mostly Prius), 23.8 trucks
    if it wasn't for the Prius the MPG's between Toyota and GM would be pretty even.

    Interesting that Nissan had lower mileage in both cars and trucks than GM.

    Mandates were 27.5/22.2

    6 manufacturers got fines for not meeting requirements: Daimler/Chrysler(due to Mercedes), BMW, Porsche, Maserati, VW, Ferrari. How the hell did VW not make it????
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    Do you guys think Scion is a Toyota model or a Toyota corporation division?

    I guess I see them as a group of vehicles marketed separately like a Pontiac. They are not at all Toyota dealerships. They are not marketed as "Toyota Scion Xb"'s. They do not have separate dealerships for the Scions but rarely does Pontiac or Buick or GMC.

    To me they are a brand like Pontiac, Buick, Dodge, Toyota, Acura. Are there any other examples of a brand like Scion??
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Saab: We need to see the next 9-5 :shades:

    -Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    How the hell did VW not make it????

    No diesels in 2007.
  • 62vetteefp62vetteefp Posts: 6,048
    How the hell did VW not make it????

    No diesels in 2007.


    So, VW still makes mostly small cars and small SUV's.
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