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2/18/09 10:19pm - Original Message: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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DETROIT -- General Motors, focusing on mainstream products in a battle to survive, has scrapped a unit that produced high-performance vehicles.
GM today disbanded High Performance Vehicle Operations, which is based at the company's suburban Detroit technical center, and redeployed its engineers, said spokesman Vince Muniga.
"All high-performance projects are on indefinite hold," Muniga said. "The engineers are moving into different areas of the organization, and they will work on Cadillacs, Buicks, Chevrolets and Pontiacs."
The unit created low-volume vehicles for GM's divisions designed to appeal to enthusiasts and bolster the company's image. Products included V-series Cadillacs and the Chevrolet Cobalt SS, HHR SS and a V-8 version of the Colorado.
Muniga said there are no plans for high-performance versions of upcoming cars.The move is in the spirit of GM's viability plan delivered to the U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday. In the plan, GM said its future-product focus is on fuel- efficient cars and crossovers. It also pledged to increase its current offering of six hybrids to 14 by 2012 and to 26 by 2014. GM also boosted its request for federal aid by as much as $16.6 billion.
The High Performance Vehicle Operations unit could be reinstated once GM regains its financial health, GM's Muniga said.
"These guys are pretty good at what they do," Muniga said, "They are moving into different areas to work on core products

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2/18/09 11:06pm - Reply: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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Its a shame, but unfortunetly a sign of the times.
 
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2/18/09 11:28pm - Reply: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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Didn't see anything in that quote about the Corvette and XLR though.

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2/20/09 11:45am - Reply: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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Since they have already done all the development work on the Caddy 568 HP CTS-V, I think it will still be produced. I understand the XLR is going to be history anyway, with or without GMPP.

When the '09 CTS-V2 hits the lease turn-in market, hopefully the economy will have bounced back so this geezer can snap one up.

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2/20/09 1:06pm - Reply: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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This has happened before at GM, and the flow of high performance parts has never dried up, just gone underground for a while.  I suspect that will happen again this time.

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2/24/09 11:29am - Reply: 'GM disbands unit that creates high-performance vehicles'
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1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp

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sounds like 1974 aLL OVER AGAIN.  GIVE IT A FEW YEARS WE`LL HAVE A 500 HP HYBRID OUT THERE THAT LOOKS GOOD!!

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