MEMPHIS, Tenn. — General Motors is winding up a year of product launches and a groundbreaking UAW contract. But even with its labor savings, GM must convince the public it has hot new products if it is going to turn itself around.
GM's latest launch, the Chevrolet Malibu sedan, is seen inside the company as the vehicle to relaunch Chevrolet's car lineup. And GM has the Chevrolet Volt — a concept car that is to be powered by lithium ion batteries — that it remains determined to build, despite some other companies' doubts. GM plans to test the Volt's E-Flex technology with reporters next spring in some old Chevrolet Malibus.
GM's Bob Lutz, vice chairman of global product development, discussed these issues and more with Staff Reporter Jamie LaReau at a recent event here.