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Le Salon de l'auto

Geneva - March 2 - 17, 2000


 New Introductions by GM:


GM Europe Showcases Its Strong Family of Brands

Innovation, quality and value characterize GME growth strategy for 2000

Geneva. The strength of General Motors Europe resulting from the distinctive characters of its Opel/Vauxhall, Saab, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands was underscored today by G. Richard Wagoner Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of General Motors Corporation, and Michael J. Burns, President, GM Europe at the 70th Geneva International Motor Show. Several highly innovative products were unveiled across the brands demonstrating GM Europe's aggressive plans for continued growth.

Opel/GM remain a fuel cell leader – Third-generation fuel cell Zafira

Opel/GM presented a new Zafira-based fuel cell vehicle – its third and most advanced fuel cell concept. Whereas the company's previous experimental fuel-cell vehicles converted methanol to hydrogen-rich gas in a so-called reformer, the new fuel-cell Zafira eliminates the need for this sophisticated, onboard conversion equipment by obtaining its energy directly from hydrogen – an important advancement. Not only does this overcome a previous technological hurdle of storing hydrogen onboard, it also reduces the weight of the vehicle and extends its maximum range to 400 km. This environmentally compatible car is already a road-going project capable of carrying five people and can achieve a top speed of 140 km/h. The fuel cell Zafira underscores the important progress being made at Opel and GM in advanced propulsion technologies. This highly advanced vehicle, which emits nothing but water vapor, has received the special honor of being designated as the lead car in the Marathon event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Saab Variable Compression engine – Continuing innovation legacy

Saab unveiled a revolutionary new engine concept, a world first, called Saab Variable Compression, or SVC. The 1.6 liter SVC engine offers the power and performance of a regular 3.0 liter V6 engine while providing fuel economy and emission levels that are better than those of a 1.6 liter engine with fixed combustion.

Cadillac reiterates 'Art and Science' theme with new Imaj concept

Cadillac unveiled an all-new concept called "Imaj", designed to be a very exclusive and limited high-end flagship providing the ultimate in performance, comfort and communications technology. The four-passenger concept vehicle was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and represents the next evolutionary step in expressing the Cadillac brand character.

(Feb. 29, 2000)






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