Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

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    Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Who owns the patent? AFAIK Delphi's steering branch was transferred/sold to GM?

    What is the likelihood that we could see Quadrasteer again? AFAIK GM said it would be an option again when it became cheeper?

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    The name Quadrasteer was abandoned in 2009 by Delphi. With no customer the maintenance fees were most likely not paid for the patents so the inventions would be in the public domain. I loved Quadrasteer but there still needs to be enough potential customers.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Nexteer (the renamed Delphi steering division taken over by GM) was sold off to Pacific Century Motors, a Chinese holding company. So, do they have access? Yes, but they no longer own the rights to it.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Yes, we still have QuadraSteer (and patents) in our product portfolio. GM wasn't the only one interested. Nissan had us make some prototypes in 2004 for the Titan/Pathfinder/Infiniti products.
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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quadrasteer was killed in the first year by its entry price, $5k. The last model year it was under $2k IIRC.

    Just like a lot of other options, GM said it was the customers fault for not buying the system but I highly doubt they believed that.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    I remember when Quadrasteer first came out. My dad and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat_cool17 View Post
    Yes, we still have QuadraSteer (and patents) in our product portfolio. GM wasn't the only one interested. Nissan had us make some prototypes in 2004 for the Titan/Pathfinder/Infiniti products.
    There were many prototypes from many manufacturers running around Saginaw MI. I knew the tech that was in charge of installing Q-steer setups on all the prototypes and seen many of them myself. I'd rather have Q-steer than a backup camera, NAV, On-star, XM and a bunch of other "fluff" options.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I remember when Quadrasteer first came out. My dad and I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
    Me too!! The GMT-800's were so innovative with all their new tech put into them. I hope the next gen is just as advanced as they were back then.
    Get used to more.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Quadrasteer was killed in the first year by its entry price, $5k. The last model year it was under $2k IIRC.

    Just like a lot of other options, GM said it was the customers fault for not buying the system but I highly doubt they believed that.
    $2,000 doesn't seem bad at all for something I've never heard one person say a bad word about. Maybe if their customers had a chance to try it...

    I always thought it would've been a great option to have on a Suburban.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2648562 View Post
    $2,000 doesn't seem bad at all for something I've never heard one person say a bad word about. Maybe if their customers had a chance to try it...

    I always thought it would've been a great option to have on a Suburban.
    I'd say that 98% of the dealers had no idea it was a stand alone option in 2005. When it was introduced it had about 5 other things tied to it so it jacked up the costs. I still love seeing the 3/4 Suburbans with the cab lights. I know that person knew exactly what they were getting and are extremely happy with their vehicle.

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    It was a great option/innovation. Bring it back GM!
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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    I'd say that 98% of the dealers had no idea it was a stand alone option in 2005. When it was introduced it had about 5 other things tied to it so it jacked up the costs. I still love seeing the 3/4 Suburbans with the cab lights. I know that person knew exactly what they were getting and are extremely happy with their vehicle.
    I've never ordered a vehicle, do the discounts apply? Seems like they give trucks away on occasion... If they don't apply discounts I guess that $2,000-ish option could seem a lot worse when compared to a truck with $4,000-$8,000 on the hood. I guess???

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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Definitely a cool useful feature murdered by cra ppy marketing.
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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat_cool17 View Post
    Yes, we still have QuadraSteer (and patents) in our product portfolio. GM wasn't the only one interested. Nissan had us make some prototypes in 2004 for the Titan/Pathfinder/Infiniti products.
    I heard that their was a Nissan Titan mule with QuadraSteer. There was also the Quadrasteer 3.0 that never hit sales but their was a mule there is a story and photos of a mule on pickuptrucks.com here. It did not require a separate wider bed like the older quadrasteer variants. Could a quadrasteer be applied to a "sport truck" i.e something like a Silverado SS? Such a truck coupled with AWD torque vectoring could have some serious potential, X6M killer anyone? I hope to see quadrasteer as an option on the next line up of GM trucks but I doubt it, I would not be surprised if a competitor adds it as an option.

    This seems to be the life story of GM for the past 30 years.

    GM brings it out, not successful, then someone else brings it out becomes a hit and then GM may or may not bring it out again.

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    The V6 Turbo off the Grand National, why didn't they add this to the pickups. GM could have been almost 25 years ahead of Ford on this one.

    The 4 door coupe idea, Chevy had the SS concept back in 2003 before Mercedes came out with the CLS which has been a hit.

    Chevy Silverado Dale Earnhardt Junior special (Specifically built for off road racing ala SVT Raptor) GM had the idea before Ford brought out the SVT Raptor, but Ford beat GM to the draw, the SVT has become a run away success with no competition.


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    Re: Does GM still have access to Quadrasteer technology?

    At least it was a way to get a Dana rearend in a Chevy...
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