H Cadillac ανακοίνωσε νέες λεπτομέρειες για το ELR, την έκδοση παραγωγής του Converj concept. To ηλεκτρικό αυτοκίνητο θα είναι μπροστοκίνητο και θα χρησιμοποιεί ένα αναβαθμισμένο Voltec σύστημα των Chevrolet Volt και Opel Ampera. Θα συνδυάζεται έναν ηλεκτροκινητήρα ο οποίος τροφοδοτείται από μπαταρίες ιόντων λιθίου και με έναν 4-κύλινδρο βενζινοκινητήρα που φορτίζει αποκλειστικά τις μπαταρίες, μόλις αυτές αδειάσουν. Ο κινητήρας στα Volt/Ampera είναι 1.400 κ.εκ, αλλά στη περίπτωση του Volt θα είναι 1.800 κ.εκ. Επίσης μεγαλύτερες θα είναι και οι μπαταρίες ιόντων λιθίου.

Θα διαθέτει πολυτελές εσωτερικό και σύμφωνα με τον αντιπρόεδρο της Cadillac, το ELR θα προσφέρει κάτι που δεν υπάρχει αυτή τι στιγμή στη κατηγορία του, μια ηλεκτρική πρόταση με εντυπωσιακό σχεδιασμό και το “fun to drive” ενός coupe αυτοκινήτου. Αναμένεται να παρουσιαστεί μέσα στο 2013 με αρχική τιμή τις $55.000 (€44.290).

Παράλληλα η Chevrolet ανακοίνωσε τις πωλήσεις της για το τρίτο τρίμηνο του 2012, που είδε να αυξάνονται κατά 3,1%, πουλώντας 1,25 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα. Στην Αμερική πούλησε 458.721 αυτοκίνητα (+2,1%), στη Κίνα 152.328 αυτοκίνητα (+3,7%)), στην Βραζιλία 182.906 αυτοκίνητα (+13,5%), στην Ρωσία 58.453 αυτοκίνητα (+28,8%) και στο Μεξικό 43.852 (+12,9%). Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

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Cadillac ELR to be Built at Detroit-Hamtramck

Plant gets $35 million investment for extended-range electric vehicle

DETROIT – Preparations will soon be under way at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to build the Cadillac ELR, a luxury coupe featuring extended-range electric technology, General Motors North America President Mark Reuss said Tuesday.

“The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,” Reuss said in a keynote address at the SAE Convergence Conference in Detroit. “People will instantly recognize it as a Cadillac by its distinctive, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.”

Production is scheduled to begin in late 2013.

The addition of the ELR to Detroit-Hamtramck represents a $35 million investment and increases total product investment to $561 million since December 2009. It is the first two-door car built at the plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.

“This investment reflects the corporation’s confidence that the highly skilled members of UAW Local 22 can successfully build one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world,” said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union’s GM Department. “The hard work and dedication of our members demonstrates that we can competitively manufacture products for the future right here in Detroit.”

The ELR is the production version of Cadillac’s Converj, a concept vehicle revealed at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. The ELR will advance the design theme of the Converj while featuring an electric propulsion system made up of a T-shaped lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, and a four-cylinder engine-generator. It will use electricity as its primary power source to drive the car without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the battery’s energy is low, the ELR seamlessly switches to a gasoline-powered electric generator to allow hundreds of additional driving miles. The lithium-ion battery will be built at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich.

Detroit-Hamtramck is the only U.S. automotive manufacturing plant that mass produces extended-range electric vehicles. The plant is home to the Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, and Holden Volt extended-range electric vehicles. Extended-range electric vehicles are exported to 21 countries from the plant.

Chevrolet Delivers Eighth Straight Quarter of Record Sales

Brand will launch 25 new products around the world in 2013

DETROIT – Chevrolet sold more than 1.25 million vehicles worldwide in the third quarter of 2012, a 3.1 percent increase over last year’s record-setting third quarter and the eighth consecutive quarter of record sales. Chevrolet’s growth around the world continues to outpace other mainstream automotive brands.

“Chevrolet is connecting with more consumers around the world thanks to the strongest product lineup in the brand’s history,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of global marketing. “Chevrolet will continue to build on this momentum by introducing 25 new products around the world in 2013.”

The Cruze continues to be the best-selling Chevrolet nameplate with more than 550,000 sold so far this year and more than 1.65 million sold since the car was launched. Sales of the Spark mini car, Aveo/Sonic small car and 2013 Malibu mid-size sedan are rising as more vehicles become available in dealer showrooms. The launch of the Colorado mid-size truck in Thailand has propelled the brand to monthly sales far exceeding the brand’s total in-country sales in 2011.

Chevrolet posted sales increases over the third quarter of last year in all of its top five markets including:

  • The United States – 458,721 vehicles, an increase of 2.1 percent, led by record sales of passenger cars including best-ever monthly sales for Volt, Cruze, Sonic and Spark.
  • China – 152,328 units, an increase of 3.7 percent.
  • Brazil – 182,906 sales, up 13.5 percent. The brand will introduce the all-new Onix, a small hatchback that will offer consumers easy-to-use connectivity through Chevrolet MyLink, at the Sao Paulo Auto Show next week.
  • Russia – 58,453 sales, up 28.8 percent. Momentum continues to build with the launch of seven new products for the region next year.
  • In Mexico, Chevrolet sold 43,852 vehicles in the quarter, an increase of 12.9 percent.

Chevrolet will continue its product transformation in the United States with the launches of 13 new or significantly updated models in 2013 including the all-new Impala, all-new Silverado light-duty pickups and the all-new SS rear-wheel drive performance sedan. The brand will also begin launching the all-new Trax small sport-utility vehicle around the world in the fourth quarter. The launch of the Trailblazer mid-size SUV and Colorado mid-size truck in Thailand and other markets continues; and the Spin multi-purpose vehicle will go on sale early next year in Southeast Asia and Brazil, where the Onix small-hatchback goes on sale later this year.

Chevrolet, traditionally an American brand, today records more than 60 percent of its sales outside the U.S. market.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.