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A new and very recent inverview with Mark Reuss. It covers a wide swath of topics. It's 27 min long.

http://www.autoline.tv/show/1901

Some of the topics:
GM's mentality shift
NAIAS
Chevy Volt
Tesla
Fuel Cells - Honda
Supplier Relations
Recalls and stop sales
Cadillac move to NY

When NAIAS was brought up he talked about the new Volt and CTS-V plus "a couple more surprises"
I wonder what they might be?
 

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When NAIAS was brought up he talked about the new Volt and CTS-V plus "a couple more surprises"
I wonder what they might be?
Just guessing:

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Buick Anthem
Maybe a Buick concept

I cant' wait until January 12, once the NAIAS kicks off. Usually this is when some of the good "off the record" news/rumors start to come out. :)
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I look forward to listening. Mr.Reuss is a real car guy.
 

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Suprises will probably be the new Cruze and Malibu.
I think GM/CHEVROLET want the spotlight to be on the gen 2 Volt. The new Malibu would undoubtedly overshadow it. The BUICK Anthem is a possibility, ( more likely Chicago or NY ) but I think based on what Mark Ruess hinted at, its Probably another Voltec variant.
 

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I think GM/CHEVROLET want the spotlight to be on the gen 2 Volt. The new Malibu would undoubtedly overshadow it. The BUICK Anthem is a possibility, ( more likely Chicago or NY ) but I think based on what Mark Ruess hinted at, its Probably another Voltec variant.
Agreed. After watching, I'm assuming the surprises (because he did pluralize) will include something Voltec or some other kind of alternative propulsion concept.

I'm interested in what he was talking about regarding fuel cells. I'm also interested in seeing GM maybe expand their partnership with Honda. I'd have to think there's some issue they have in common that they could work on together. Small RWD car/platform?

I don't expect it to happen, but still. If Nissan is doing... something, and Toyota has the FR-S and Silk Road platforms with BMW, is Honda hurting for RWD performance outside of the new NSX and rumored S2000 (but not at all S2000-like) successor?
 

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Zora? Corvette Zora? It would need a special engine, no?. What would Zora want? A compact, lightweight, normally aspirated one. A badass one. One to share with the 6th gen Z/28.

Just sayin'.
 
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I think GM/CHEVROLET want the spotlight to be on the gen 2 Volt. The new Malibu would undoubtedly overshadow it. The BUICK Anthem is a possibility, ( more likely Chicago or NY ) but I think based on what Mark Ruess hinted at, its Probably another Voltec variant.
No prototypes. It's always a game of following the prototypes. Lacrosse is a possibility too
 

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He pretty-much confirmed GM needs more engineering staff. - His comment about not focusing on existing models, and deciding to shift engineering focus on future products.

As if engineering wasn’t working on future products before? - This may mean quicker re-freshes, something we’ve been promised for years, but also means an increased number of the simple improvements/fixes on existing models will be ignored.

Looks like this was filmed about 3 weeks ago…….. “I saw gas prices of $2.45 the other day” – Around here, gas was $2.45 2nd week of December.

“Surprises” beyond the Volt………. (hinting at something else EV/Hybrid?)

Really starting to squirm now………… (talking about Cadillac, sales and its move to New York)


Thanks for posting MechEng!

Ed
 

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The interview was Volt centric, and with GM recently trademarking the Crossvolt name, I'm thinking they may be introducing a CUV EV @ NAIAS. Also, is sounds like the Volt is going is being redesigned to look more mainstream (and I'm assuming that may carry over to the MSRP of it too). Also, it sounds as if GM is still struggling to shift its culture from one that was/is quarterly profit driven into one that wants to offer the best products in the industry. Godspeed GM.
 

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with only 14 days until the Detroit auto show, I was expecting something more substantial regarding the production Volt by now. Surely some pictures or info will leak soon? Also when are the press days?
 

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Interesting that Honda uses GM Hydrogen technology, and that GM owns the battery Chemistry in its electric vehicles.
He pretty-much confirmed GM needs more engineering staff. - His comment about not focusing on existing models, and deciding to shift engineering focus on future products.

As if engineering wasn’t working on future products before? - This may mean quicker re-freshes, something we’ve been promised for years, but also means an increased number of the simple improvements/fixes on existing models will be ignored.


Looks like this was filmed about 3 weeks ago…….. “I saw gas prices of $2.45 the other day” – Around here, gas was $2.45 2nd week of December.

“Surprises” beyond the Volt………. (hinting at something else EV/Hybrid?)

Really starting to squirm now………… (talking about Cadillac, sales and its move to New York)


Thanks for posting MechEng!

Ed
He said, that they no longer focus on existing product, but take what they learn from a product and make the next one better.

On need for more engineers, that is kind of obvious, I cannot think of a company with more product line up holes like GM divisions.

Opel/Vauxhall have no SUV worth talking about, their commercial division is just two vans, no sportscar, etc.. you go to Chevrolet and the situation is worse.

Most interesting is the shifting of core engineering from Germany to China while keeping Warren as the other center. That was a HUGE titbit.
 
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