Despite the pressures to cut costs and meet strict fuel-economy regulations, General Motors says that speedy Chevrolets still have a future.
In an interview with AutoWeek, Mark Reuss, GM vice president of global engineering, said that the Chevrolet SS line could be improved or more clearly defined. Instead of adding horsepower across the board, Reuss wants that cars be outfitted on a case-by-case basis.
He pointed out Chevrolet's heritage, saying that it's important to remember where SS was. Reuss recently took over as GM's top engineer after leading its Holden operations in Australia, the origin of GM's rear-wheel drive underpinnings.
However, Reuss continues to have that platform (dubbed Zeta) under his watch. In fact, GM is working on designing a sedan in Australia that's expected to return impressive fuel economy in that market from a 3.0-liter engine.
Reuss is aiming for rear-wheel drive to have broader applications, and to play a larger role in GM's U.S. lineup.
To do that, Reuss believes the cars have to reduce their weight and have excellent gas mileage. He has a goal for RWD to be usable and relevant to modern realities across the globe. The underpinnings for the Camaro and the Pontiac G8 originated from Holden. [via autonews]