GM to continue focusing on fuel-economy with launch of new cars, SUVs, pickups

General Motors has been focused on several key car launches across its four brands including Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC. While passenger cars have recently dominated GM’s vehicle-launch spree lately, the next-generation of full-sized pickups and SUVs are on the way in 2013 as 2014 model years. Until then, most of the focus will remain on launching cars for the next 18 months.

With every car and truck launch, GM will focus its overall theme on fuel-economy as it prepares for the next round of tough fuel-efficiency standards.

The Detroit-based automaker is likely to add 8-speed transmissions and turbocharged engines to its next-generation SUVs and pickups and will roll out its eAssist hybrid technology across more of its models.

Chevrolet plans on bring out the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan in the first quarter of 2012 along with the Chevrolet Spark minicar. Cadillac will be debut the ATS entry-level model along with the XTS sedan – both of which are due in the second half of 2012.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News