GM announces new Ecotec small engine development

October 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

General Motors has announced plans to completely overhaul it’s smallest engine range. This will involve replacing three engine families with a new modular Ecotec design.

Production of the more economical engines will begin around 2015 and it’s expected that by 2020 GM will be producing around two million of these motors per year.

The engines will be developed for global applications but GM hasn’t revealed what models are most likely to receive them. The displacements will range from 1.0-litres through to 1.5-litres in three- and four-cylinder formats. They will feature direct injection, a turbocharger and alternative fuel compatibility. There’s no word on specifications, but GM says the engines will deliver increased fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. Continue reading “GM announces new Ecotec small engine development” »

GM reveals three futuristic concept vehicles

March 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

General Motors has just unveiled a trio of EN-V concepts that are set to showcase the automaker’s idea for new urban mobility vehicles. The futuristic vehicles have been developed in conjunction with GM’s Chinese partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

EN-V is short for Electric Networked-Vehicle and was developed with help from experts at Segway. Each of the three EN-Vs, sports a different design with the various shapes demonstrating the flexibility of the underpinning electric drivetrain and are supposed to express three different characteristics: Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh).

Jiao (the blue bubbly blue one) was designed in Australia by Holden, Miao (the blocky black one) was designed at GM’s studio in California and Xiao (the streaky red one) was designed in Europe.

The EN-V concepts are GM’s solution for the future of personal urban transport in congested cities. Their all-electric, two-wheel drivetrains take care of any emissions issues. They’re fitted with GPS, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity and an array of sensors and cameras. The end effect of all this tech is supposedly less congestion on city roads and the full elimination of accidents. Zero emissions, zero traffic jams and zero accidents — sounds too good to be real/

Since each EN-V is less than five feet long, up to five times more of them can fit in a parking lot than our pathetic current vehicles. The EN-Vs will be displayed at the SAIC-GM Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai beginning in May.

To see more images of the EN-V concepts, click on the link below.

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