DETROIT, Jan. 3 /CNW/ -- What should power the world's vehicles in 20
years? How can personal transportation become more sustainable in an age of
increasing global competition for resources? What role will the automotive
industry play in developing markets?
Decisions on issues like these will largely shape transportation in the
21st century. To speed the process, GM will mark its 100th anniversary by
launching a global dialogue through an initiative called GMnext.
"We're starting our second century at a time of fundamental change in the
auto industry," said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. "We'll use GMnext to
introduce some of our ideas for addressing critical issues concerning energy,
the environment and globalization. In the process, we also hope to spark a
broader, global discussion on these important topics."
To initiate that dialogue, GMnext will spotlight GM's introduction of
next-generation vehicles and technologies, including new applications of the
E-Flex drive system and continued work on GM's line of Plug-In and Two-Mode
The medium for the dialogue will be a dedicated Web site, GMnext.com. The
site is designed to encourage feedback and interaction among participants. In
addition to GM news, positions and commentary, it will feature opinions and
insights from the general public, from industry observers outside GM, and from
the global media, both traditional and social.
A series of GMnext-themed activities will be held, beginning in January,
and capped by GMnext Days, a week-long global celebration in September of 2008
that will reflect on the company's first century and highlight plans and
products that will begin to define its second century. Plans for GMnext Days
will be announced in the near future.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been
the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM
today employs about 274,000 people around the world. With global headquarters
in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2006,
nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following
brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel,
Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the
industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More
information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
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