General Motors' Flex-Fuel Vehicles
America's 2011 Buick Regal (above) is based on the
Opel Insignia (the successor of the Vectra). This new Buick is manufactured, alongside the
Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, in Russelsheim, Germany. North American production will move to the Oshawa,
Ontario (Canada) assembly plant in the first quarter of 2011.
30th May, 2010
General Motors has increased annual production of flex-fuel
vehicles to more than 850,000 annually, an increase of 55 per cent from 2006 volumes.
More than 5 million of the 7.5 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road in North America are GM cars and
trucks. GM offers 17 models in its 2010 line-up with flex-fuel capability, allowing them to run on E85
ethanol, petrol, or any combination of the two. This is more than any competitor.
With the mid-year North American introduction of the 2011 Buick Regal, GM will offer fuel-fuel capability
on a four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine. GM is strongly committed to biofuels and has
pledged to make more than half of their vehicle production flex-fuel capable by 2012.
Locally, GM are gearing-up to introduce E85 fuelled Holden Commodores later this year.
“We continue to believe that biofuels are the best near-term solution to reduce dependence on
petroleum, expand our (USA) nation’s energy portfolio and reduce the carbon footprint of driving,” said
Mike Robinson, GM vice president, environment, energy and safety policy. “We anticipate more than 8.5
million flex-fuel vehicles on the road by 2012, exceeding our pledge made in 2006 and the potential to
reduce the CO2 footprint of driving more than 6.8 million tons per year.”
GM is amongst the leaders in research and development of advanced biofuels and has invested in two
companies, Coskata Inc. and Mascoma Corp. that produce ethanol from non-food sources.