NICE, France -- In its quest to increase flexibility, General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz says GM will engineer all future global architectures to be capable of offering right-hand drive and diesel engines.
"We'd like to go right-hand drive with everything," Lutz said. "We'd like instant access to architectures that are capable of right- or left-hand drive and both gas and diesel engines."
Lutz, speaking at a GM global seminar here, said the automaker is close to achieving both objectives.
GM executives say right-hand drive and diesel engines are prerequisites for global success. Several major markets are right-hand drive. Diesel engines are popular in Europe, where fuel is more expensive than in North America.
In some countries, right-hand drive is essential. For example, Australia and New Zealand ban the import of left-hand-drive models.