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News of  August 01, 2000
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Refinements & Technology Abound In 2001 GM Products
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DETROIT - General Motors took the wraps off its 2001 model lineup today with a display of vehicles, technologies, powertrains and e-communication devices that underscore its position as the world's leading automaker.

 

Cadillac Eldorado

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 In the first-ever event of its kind, GM's seven marketing divisions operating in North America - Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac-GMC, Saab and Saturn - combined resources to give the nation's media an all-encompassing, comprehensive look at GM's '01 product lineup. In all, more than 40 new vehicles, 14 display properties, 10 seminars and three ride-and-handling demonstrations were presented. 
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John Middlebrook
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"No one can match all the cars and trucks we offer, from Pontiac Aztek to Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - literally everything from A to Z," said John Middlebrook, GM vice president and general manager of vehicle brand marketing. "And once you look deeper and go beyond the sheer number of brands we provide, you'll see no one can equal the magnitude of our innovations or our technologies." 

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Among the array of GM highlights for 2001 models are two new engine options for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy-Duty pickup trucks:   
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Duramax 6600 V8 diesel, developed jointly by GM and Isuzu Motors, provides 300 bhp at 3100 rpm and 520 lb.-ft. of torque at 1800 rpm. This new turbocharged, inter-cooled 90-degree V8 diesel uses direct injection, a four-valves-per-cylinder design and a new Allison 1000 5-speed automatic transmission. 8.1L V8 gas engine produces 340 hp at 4200 rpm and has a torque rating of 455 lb.-ft. at 3200 rpm. The engine also has the capability of running on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG).

Duramax

Photo: GM

The all-new Z06 will be a Corvette aficionado's delight due, in large part, to its equally new 5.7-liter LS6 V8. This GM Powertrain-developed engine pounds out 385 horsepower and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, helping to make it the quickest Corvette ever.

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Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Other powertrain refinements include the availability of a new smooth shifting Gertrag 5-speed transmission for both the Oldsmobile Alero and Pontiac Grand Am. This gearbox is optional with the 2.4L DOHC engines.  

Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Montana and Chevrolet Venture minivans offer an optional third-row seat that folds flat to provide increased storage capacity. In addition, all three models will be available with a second-generation entertainment system that includes a larger, 6.8-inch LED video screen. Dual-channel, wireless headphones that allow passengers to choose between the video and stereo also are new.  

GM's commitment to applications of advanced driver control technology continues. For example, vehicle stability enhancement systems will be offered across a wider range of applications for 2001. Each system is uniquely designed and engineered for the driving needs of the target customers.  

For personal safety and security, OnStar availability is expanded among the GM vehicle lineup. OnStar features include emergency services, automatic notification of airbag deployment, vehicle recovery and other remote services. A major new 2001 feature is Virtual Advisor that lets subscribers access personalized Internet-based information.  

In the area of innovation, all 2001 Saturn L and S-series models will offer innovative front/rear head curtain air bags. The new technology is designed to reduce the severity of head and neck injuries in side impact collisions.  

Buick LeSabre models will feature "catcher's mitt" high retention front seats which incorporate self aligning head restraints for improved protection in rear impact collisions.  

(July 25, 2000)

 

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