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& Technology Abound In 2001 GM Products
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.
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.
"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."
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:
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).
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
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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.
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.
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
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.
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
LeSabre models will feature "catcher's mitt" high retention
front seats which incorporate self aligning head restraints for improved
protection in rear impact collisions.
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