15 April 2008
FISITA leaders had a chance to drive some of world's most important new alternative powertrain vehicles when FISITA teamed up with General Motors, and magazine partners ATZautotechnology to stage a very special Ride and Drive event during the April Executive Board Meeting in Detroit.
During the event, which took place at GM's World Headquarters in downtown Detroit, guests had the opportunity to drive a dozen of GM's latest advanced powertrain vehicles (production models and demonstrators), including:
- Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
- Saturn Aura Hybrid
- Saturn Vue Green Line
- GMC Yukon 2-mode
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Electric
In the course of the one and a half hour Ride & Drive, FISITA board members and guests were able to drive several different vehicles and to experience the performance of GM's latest hybrid powertrain systems, both in stop-start traffic, and on the open road.
The Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell demonstrator was of particular interest to participants, not least because it represents the world's largest fuel cell vehicle market test - with 100+ vehicles in the hands of customers, including 10 in Europe and 7 in Asia.
The special event was made possible by Past FISITA President, Dan Hancock, who is Vice President of GM Global Powertrain Engineering. At the dinner reception which followed on the 42nd floor of GM's Renaissance Centre building, Mr. Hancock gave a fascinating overview of GM's Advanced Propulsion Technology Strategy.
IAV Inc., a leading provider of engineering services to the automotive industry whose competencies include powertrain, electronics and vehicle development, were the sponsors of the dinner event.