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  • Thermoelectric Chevy Suburban

    In an internal combustion engine, fuel is burned to power the engine, but as a result a lot of heat is also produced. Most of that heat in ordinary vehicles is wasted; but what if you could catch the energy from the heat, turn it into electricity, and use it to increase your fuel efficiency? Well, that's exactly what one thermoelectric device-maker, BSST in Irwindale, California, is planning to do. BSST and GM are both independently assembling their first prototype thermoelectric generators for tests in commercial cars and SUVs. The thermoelectric equipped BMW and Ford cars (BSST), and a...

  • Astronaut Alan Shepard (center) with GM reps and his 1962 Corvette
    This Saturday, Chevrolet Celebrates Corvettes & Astronauts

    Most of the past week's headlines have been dominated by news about disastrous storms in the Deep South, flooding in the Midwest, and of course, the death of Osama bin Laden. But in the middle of all that, there's another important story that's been overlooked by many media outlets: yesterday...

  • Li Chao, Executive Deputy General Manager of Shanghai OnStar Telematics
    OnStar Is China's First Automotive App

    General Motors has made huge inroads in China, and now, those inroads have grown a bit wider: yesterday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, GM launched its smartphone app for China's OnStar subscribers. The OnStar app for Chinese drivers is nearly identical to the one that subscribers in North America...

  • 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Black Diamond Edition
    GM: Buick To Compete With Asian Luxury Autos, Cadillac To Rival The Germans

    General Motors is being clear about positioning of its upmarket Buick and Cadillac brands, explaining that Buick is designed more for drivers who want understated luxury whereas Cadillac is more about dynamic performance and style. Speaking with Automotive News, GM marketing chief Chris Perry...

  • VW's use of Terminal Mode
    GM, Honda, And Others Launch Car Connectivity Consortium To Set Standards For In-Car Apps

    New technology is exciting, but like most exciting things it's also fraught with peril -- and that's doubly true for developers. Think of all the tsoris caused by the great VHS vs. Beta battles of the 1980s, or the far more recent Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war, both of which cost manufacturers billions of...

  • Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)
    Chevrolet Cruzes To SXSW To Hype MyLink And New Models

    Whip out your backpack and groom your mustache: it's time for America's favorite festival for interactive, film, and music, South by Southwest. And just like last year, Chevrolet will be tagging along with lots of new goods, including Chevy MyLink. The company will also host a shuttle service, a...

  • Print ad for GM's Inside the Vault TV show

    To the casual observer, it might seem that there are plenty of TV shows for Manly Men to watch. Need explosions? Try any of CSI's 31 flavors. Detective sleuthing? There's an entire Law and Order franchise waiting. Hunting and sports are featured on dozens of cable channels (plus the new The Drivers TV show), G4 covers gadgets and games (as does the new "Mo Show"). There are even a number of food-related programs for guys -- usually the sort that involves corn-fed types downing stomach-churning meals, but hey, it's a start. But despite all the televisual testosterone on tap, General Motors...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    2011 Nissan LEAF And Others 'Connected To The Cloud'

    Cloud computing is very much a feature of 'Web 2.0'. Rather than using a location-dependent center of resources such as a server, cloud computing uses shared servers, all of which can be used to provide resources, software and data. For Average Joe, this might mean using web-based word processing...

  • GM, Purdue University Working On Thermoelectric Energy Regeneration

    Thermoelectric energy regeneration sounds like a complicated topic, but it's really pretty straightforward: recapturing energy that would otherwise be wasted as heat and using it to power something. In the case of GM and Purdue University, that something is a car's electrical system. The benefits?...

  • Chuck Jordan and Tom Walkinshaw
    Two Automotive Legends, Chuck Jordan And Tom Walkinshaw, Pass Away

    It’s been a sad week in automotive world, with two of its legends, from very different fields, have passed away. Charles M. “Chuck” Jordan, one of GM’s most influential designers, died late on Thursday at the age of 83. Tom Walkinshaw, the founder of the TWR motorsports and...

  • 2011 Lexus IS 350 F Sport
    Lexus Chats Up Car Shoppers In Virtual Lunch

    Lexus has been on the top of the luxury sales totem pole for quite some time now, and despite recent recalls, remains the benchmark in many consumers' minds. Recently they have been backed into a corner by both old and new competition, and with changing times Lexus has decided to reach out to their...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt Z-Spec
    GM May Revive High Performance Vehicle Operations

    In what we’re sure came as a major surprise to many, General Motors decided to disband its High Performance Vehicle Operations (HPVO) back in February 2009 in order to reduce costs and focus on mainstream products. If the HPVO doesn’t ring a bell, the go-fast center was basically a...

  • GM logo, with cash

    General Motors will begin public sale of 365 million shares of common stock at $26 to $29 per share as it commences its post-bankruptcy and reformation initial public offering (IPO). In addition to the common stock, GM also plans to issue 60 million shares of Series B preferred stock at $50 per share. Sparing further financial jargon, the stock sale means that General Motors will once again be a publicly held company, with the majority of the shares, roughly 263.5 million, being sold off coming from the U.S. federal government's stake in GM, gained as part of its bankruptcy bailout procedure...

  • Alexandra Paul
    Drop Everything: Baywatch's Alexandra Paul Wants To Hear Your Questions About The Volt NOW

    This is actress Alexandra Paul. Perhaps you remember her from such films as Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534, Murder Dot Com, or her star turn on Baywatch. We don't. We remember her from the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car?** Alexandra has a long history with EVs -- such a long history, in...

  • 2012 Buick Verano teaser
    GM Promises 2012 Buick Verano Won’t Be Chevy Cruze Clone

    Despite vowing to end the practice of badge engineering following its bankruptcy process and streamlining of brands, GM is on the verge of launching a new compact sedan under its Buick label that will essentially be a reskinned Chevrolet Cruze. The car is the upcoming 2012 Buick Verano, a teaser of...

  • GM Zeta rear-wheel drive platform
    Report: Next-Gen Zeta Platform To Underpin New Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac Sedans

    General Motors’ rear-wheel drive Zeta platform was pioneered in Australia for the locally built Holden Commodore sedan but right from the start Detroit had global intentions for the design. Today, Zeta running gear can be found in models sold in China, South Korea, the UK, and in North...

  • 2012 Holden Cruze hatchback
    Not Coming Soon: Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

    Sometimes it just isn't fair. Europe always seems to get the cooler stuff. All their Ford's use the crisp Kinetic design style. They have a massive amount of super-efficient diesel engines to choose from. They got the new Fiat 500 years ago. Their Triumph TR-6s were fuel-injected. Their...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Aveo (RS Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show)
    GM Reviving Performance Focusing On Small Cars

     General Motors has a large stable of performance cars, from the Top-of-the-heap Chevrolet Corvette to the affordable Cobalt SS.  However, the economy isn’t what it used to be, causing some people to skip the Camaro and getting something more compact, fuel efficient and lighter on the insurance...

  • 2010 Lotus Evora

     It is one thing to offer amazing sports cars for sale, but it’s another to do that and offer engineering services to other companies. Lotus is one of the few that does this, doing chassis and engine work for companies like General Motors with the famous Carlton or the LT5 engine in the C4 Generation ZR-1 Corvette. Now Autocar is reporting that some companies are trying to entice Lotus to allow them access to the Evora chassis, and Lotus is more than happy to oblige for the right price. The Elise chassis was popular to use in past Opel/Vauxhall sports cars and a heavily modified version is...

  • 2013 Chevrolet C7 Corvette preview rendering
    Rendered: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette (C7)

    There are all manner of rumors concerning the next-generation C7 Chevrolet Corvette, with stories ranging from the possibility of a mid-engined platform to AWD powertrains and even the arrival of a dual-clutch version. Although there isn’t much substance to any of these rumors, an inside source...

  • GM's OnStar smartphone app technology
    GM Boosts OnStar With Apps Tech For Smartphones

    Ford's SYNC system is perhaps the best in-vehicle information and entertainment platform in the industry, but GM's OnStar is striving to keep pace with a new smartphone app technology. Unlike the SYNC system, which allows users to access social media and entertainment apps from their phones through...

  • Airbags & Baby Seats
    Kids Dying In Parked Cars At Record Pace: How To Stop It

    As summer sets in, an epidemic has already begun to sweep the nation: a record number of children have died of hyperthermia (over-heating) since the beginning of 2010 while sitting or playing in parked cars. In the U.S., since 1998, 463 children have died of hyperthermia in cars, which is an...

  • 2006 GM Jay Leno EcoJet Concept
    Jay Leno’s 2006 EcoJet Concept Makes Appearance At All GM Show

    For those who don’t remember, the EcoJet was a concept car built by General Motors back in 2006 together with auto aficionado and television personality Jay Leno. The vehicle made its debut at the SEMA Auto Show of that same year and was penned at GM’s Advanced Design Studio in Warren...

  • Armando Galarraga presented with 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible
    Great Sportsmanship Rewarded With 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - How Fitting

    In the world of professional sports, many athletes astound us with their tremendous plays. But to an athlete, it's not enough to make a great play. They want more. They strive for a triple-double, a hole-in-one, or to do something that none of their competitors have ever dreamed of attempting. But...

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