GM, Suzuki to develop fuel-cell vehicle

TOKYO— General Motors and Suzuki Motor Corp. will expand their alliance to develop a fuel-cell-powered small vehicle.

Suzuki said it will spend between 4 billion and 5 billion yen, or between $33.3 million and $41.7 million at current exchange rates, on this project over the next two to three years. The Japanese automaker will also dispatch some of its engineers to GM's German operations. GM declined to say how much it would invest in the joint project.

Although the two companies didn't yet have specifics on development plans, Suzuki's Managing Director Hiroshi Tsuda expects a GM-Suzuki fuel-cell vehicle won't be available for roughly 10 years. GM owns 20 percent of Suzuki.

In a separate development, GM and Giner, Inc., a privately held business in Newton, Mass., have agreed to expand their fuel cell development work to include applications beyond the transportation field, including hydrogen generation for refueling systems and regenerative fuel cell units for stationary power.

ATTENTION COMMENTERS: Automotive News has monitored a significant increase in the number of personal attacks and abusive comments on our site. We encourage our readers to voice their opinions and argue their points. We expect disagreement. We do not expect our readers to turn on each other. We will be aggressively deleting all comments that personally attack another poster, or an article author, even if the comment is otherwise a well-argued observation. If we see repeated behavior, we will ban the commenter. Please help us maintain a civil level of discourse.

Email Newsletters
  • General newsletters
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Mondays)
  • (As needed)
  • Video newscasts
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Saturdays)
  • Special interest newsletters
  • (Thursdays)
  • (Tuesdays)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Wednesdays)
  • (Bimonthly)
  • Special reports
  • (As needed)
  • (As needed)
  • Communication preferences
  • You can unsubscribe at any time through links in these emails. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.