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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

May 29 2014
Written by Ann M. Jobs | Posted on Associated Press

The 2014 Ford Focus ST is a fun-to-drive, spirited hatchback with turbo power, European-style handling, and practical seating and cargo room.

A compact-sized car, the Focus five-door hatchback even garnered top, five out of five stars from the federal government in frontal and side crash testing.

And for driving enthusiasts, the Focus ST is something of a bargain, offering horsepower and torque usually associated with six-cylinder cars for the price — and fuel mileage — of a small four cylinder.

May 27 2014
GM News

 Dreaming up ideas that benefit drivers is interesting; commercializing those ideas into real product features is when customers take notice.

An indicator of General Motors’ commitment to creating customer-driven innovation can be found in the results of two leading studies - the Patent Board and Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. Together they show that GM is a leader in overall patent filings and those focused on clean energy technology.

GM finished first in overall industry patent filings for the 11th consecutive quarter, according to the Patent Board.

May 23 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5 percent, or one mile per gallon.

The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30 percent of Impala retail sales. It offers customers higher mpg city ratings and a more affordable entry price into the segment than six-cylinder competitors.

May 21 2014
GM News

INDIANAPOLIS – Based on growing employee demand, General Motors today announced that it has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles.

The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily. All charge stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors.

May 20 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Facing an automotive industry that is unsustainable in its current form, General Motors is restructuring its global vehicle portfolio, rethinking manufacturing and collaborating with unlikely partners to advance the industry.

The company is working to transform transportation and describes its efforts in its latest sustainability report.